Rockstar Games brands BBC’s ‘Grand Theft Auto’ drama ‘random, made up bollocks’

Daniel Radcliffe starred in 'factual drama' purporting to go behind the scenes on the hit video game

Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto, have branded the BBC’s feature-length drama about the controversial video game series “random, made up bollocks”.

The Gamechangers, which aired on BBC Two last night, was billed as a “factual drama [that] goes behind the scenes of the hit video game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success since Bletchley Park”.

Daniel Radcliffe starred as Sam Houser, the game’s designer and now president of Rockstar Games, while Bill Paxton co-starred as Jack Thompson, an American lawyer who mounted several campaigns against Grand Theft Auto in the early noughties because he believed that its violent content could be potentially harmful to players.

Earlier this year, Rockstar Games filed a lawsuit against the BBC over the 90-minute drama, explaining at the time that their goal was “to ensure that our trademarks are not misused in the BBC’s pursuit of an unofficial depiction of purported events related to Rockstar Games”.

However, the lawsuit failed to prevent the BBC from showing the The Gamechangers last night, and as the drama aired, the video game makers made their feelings clear in a pair of tweets directed at the BBC.

“This new Rentaghost isn’t as good as I remember,” read the first tweet, before a second tweet added: “Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?”

The BBC has yet to respond to Rockstar Games’ tweets. The Gamechangers was watched by 886,000 viewers on BBC Two last night and is now available on BBC iPlayer.