Take Two Interactive is spending up to $2.75 million to make the headaches from an unlockable sex scene in “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” go away.
Vidgame publisher revealed Thursday that it has reached a settlement with outstanding class-action lawsuits over the so-called “hot coffee” modification to “San Andreas” that let players who downloaded a special program view explicit oral sex.
Hack to unlock “hot coffee” wasn’t discovered by gamers until the summer of 2005, nearly a year after “San Andreas” was released. Subsequent uproar cost Take Two tens of millions of dollars as it had to take existing copies off of store shelves and replace them with newly manufactured, fellatio-free versions.
Those looking to make a claim have to certify that they were so horrified by the unlockable sex that they would not have bought the game if they had known it was present. They can then exchange their copy for a new, sex-free one, or get a refund of up to $35.
Take Two is committed to spending at least $1 million and no more than $2.75 million in the settlement.
In a statement, Take Two CEO Ben Federer admitted that his company is essentially buying off plaintiffs to make the lawsuit disappear.
“We believe it is in the best interest of the company to avoid protracted and costly litigation to prove our case and to finally put this matter behind us,” he said.