Two gamers are planning a class action suit against the makers of “Grand Theft Auto V” after complaining about not being able to play Grand Theft Auto Online when the game was released.
Brian McMahon and Christopher Bengston, the gamers, accuse Take-Two Interactive Software, the parent company of “GTA 5” creator Rockstar Games, of false advertising and unfair competition laws in California, Courthouse News Service reported. McMahon and Bengston are being represented by attorneys Rex Sofonio and James Hawkins of Irvine, Calif.
"At the time of purchase on September 17, 2013 plaintiffs were unable to play the game as an online experience with other videogame players," states the complaint, which was filed in Riverside, Calif. "GTA V was not available for online play as advertised. GTA V can only be played in single player mode without the ability to interact with any other videogame player."
The hugely popular video game, set in a fictional version of Southern California, was released Sept. 17 and the online aspect of “GTA 5” – Grand Theft Auto Online - was rolled out on Oct. 1. Fans of the franchise complained about bugs, glitches and freezing issues in the first two weeks of Grand Theft Auto Online.
GTA V retails for $59.99 and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was a huge success and made $800 million in revenue on launch day. GTA 5 has since amassed more than $1 billion in sales in just the first three days after launch, making it the most successful entertainment product in history.