In February 2018, UK-based games site Trusted Reviews leaked confidential Rockstar documents which contained spoilers for Red Dead Redemption II in an article published on their website. Rockstar, the company behind Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, then took legal action against the website in response.
Variety then reported that Trusted Reviews publisher, TI Media, and Rockstar came to an agreement in which Trusted Reviews would pay over £1 million to charities chosen by Take-Two Games, the parent company of Rockstar.
The question that some people have on their minds is whether this was an ethical or reasonable move by Rockstar
Trusted Reviews posted a statement on their website in response, where they acknowledge they “should have known this information was confidential and should not have published it” and “unreservedly apologise” to Take-Two Games.
The question that some people have on their minds is whether this was an ethical or reasonable move by Rockstar. Video game details being leaked is not a new occurrence in the industry, and Trusted Reviews were simply writing about the information that they had acquired.