GTA 6 leaks online; Here is all you need to know about one of the most historic leaks in the video game industry

GTA 6 footage leaker is looking to negotiate a deal with Rockstar Games and Take Two, with dangerous leverage over them with access to GTA 6 files. Check out the complete timeline of events of these developments and more.

GTA 6 has finally been revealed for the first time to the audience, in the biggest leak in the history of video games. GTA 6 can currently be safely termed as the most awaited game from Take-Two and Rockstar Games at the moment. That is because the last installment from this massively successful IP, which has been ruling the hearts of gamers, launched back in 2013.

GTA V continues to be a sensation even 10 years after its launch, which naturally leads the hype for GTA 6, driven by rumors, up until now. A hacker has just published 90 videos of the GTA 6 which is currently in early development stages. The revelation of the rough builds of this game, naturally comes as a huge blow to Rockstar Games. Here’s all you need to know about these developments, including the major takeaways from the leaks. 

GTA 6 leak timeline of events 

Leaker ‘Tea Pot Uber Hacker’, posted a set of 90 gameplay videos on September 19th. Along with it, was the attached message, “Its possible i could leak more data soon, GTA 5 and 6 source code and assets, GTA 6 testing build.” Before we dive deeper into the details of the reveal, it is worth mentioning that in a subsequent tweet, the hacker revealed that they were also behind the recent “Uber hack”, as referenced in the username as well.

Shortly after, they edited their original post with the 90 clips to add and inform that the post had gone viral. They mentioned their Telegram and email ID, saying that if senders are employees of Rockstar or Take Two, they’ll try to read and reply to all very soon. The message closed with “I am looking to negotiate a deal”. 

In a subsequent message, the hacker informed, “All source code and assets for GTA 5 are available. Along with GTA 6 docs.” At this point in time, they quoted a price for the negotiation with “no offer under 5 figs”. Ben, a reporter, revealed a transaction in bitcoin for GTA V’s source code, for a value of $100,000 dollars on his Twitter account.

However, it was later revealed to be a scam, since the hacker confirmed that the transaction was not from their wallet. Since then the tweet has been removed from the Twitter handle of videotech_.  GTA V continues to be on sale, ,ut as revealed in a screenshot of a Telegram conversation with Tea Pot, “6 will come later if rockstar doesn’t respond”. Regardless, to quote industry insider Tom Henderson, “the fact that someone is willing to hand over $100K like that is…scary”. For a tight-lipped publisher like Take Two, especially when it comes to Grand Theft Auto, this definitely feels like the start of a long, nightmarish ride.

Major takeaways from leaked GTA 6 videos

On one hand, we hardly had any official information on GTA 6 from the developers and publishers, except for Take Two’s earlier GTA 6 is “well underway”. On the other hand, there were rumors and whispers based on information provided by industry insiders like Bloomberg's Jason Schreier. And now, the gameplay videos leaking about 50 minutes of footage, confirmed some of the information doing the rounds.

As per Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier, the leaks are of authentic footage. For example, the game is indeed based in Vice City, GTA’s rendition of Miami, as the name can actually be spotted in places. Additionally, the lead character is a woman, as was earlier hinted at by Schreier. This is a first for the latest GTA instalments. In a three-minute long video, we see a female lead accompanied by a male character, robbing a diner, and threatening the customers and staff with a gun. They soon get in a shootout with the police, before stealing a police patrol car and escaping. In another video, we see the female lead entering a crowded strip club. 

Reactions to the GTA 6 leak

While checking the videos out, it should be noted that the game is currently in its primitive stage. It is unfortunate for the developers and publisher for their work to have been leaked at this phase. However, fans should keep in mind that it can be easily expected that the final version of the game will look different. Whenever it launches, the game would likely look better and in a much more polished state. While Take-Two is now known to have issued DMCA notices to take the leaked content down as much as possible, they still haven’t posted any official statements.

While fans and probably the hacker too now is speculating their silence, The Last of Us director and writer Neil Druckmann however tweeted in support of the creators of GTA 6. He wrote, “To my fellow devs out there affected by the latest leak, know that while it feels overwhelming right now, it’ll pass. One day we’ll be playing your game, appreciating your craft, and the leaks will be relegated to a footnote on a Wikipedia page. Keep pushing. Keep making art.”