Gaming Site Apologizes for Red Dead 2 Leak With $1 Million Donation

They Literally Seek Redemption

Rockstar and Take-Two interactive have received over $1 million in compensation for an article that leaked confidential information on Red Dead Redemption 2. The article in question belonged to Trusted Reviews, owned by TI Media who has since apologized for the post.

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The 1 million dollar article came early this year and detailed undisclosed aspects of Red Dead Redemption 2’s gameplay. According to Variety, the piece included information regarding a battle royale mode. Trusted Reviews has since apologized, and the price they’ve literally paid will be funneled into charities of Take-Two’s choosing.

“On February 6, 2018, we published an article that was sourced from a confidential corporate document,” a post said on their website. “We should have known this information was confidential and should not have published it. We unreservedly apologise to Take-Two Games and we have undertaken not to repeat such actions again.”

At the time of this writing, no company has commented on the legality of the agreement. Leaks are nothing new to entertainment, especially gaming, and we’ve never seen a lawsuit end at the expense of video game journalists. Which begs the question, does the agreement with Take-Two set a new precedent? Well, according to the big game publisher, the issue regarding their “confidential corporate document” was about security.

“Take-Two takes security seriously and will take legal action against people or publications who leak confidential information,” the Take-Two statement reads. “Because this situation involved information about ‘Red Dead Redemption 2,’ Rockstar Games directed the settlement funds to these three great charities: the American Indian College Fund, the American Prairie Reserve, and the First Nations Development Institute.”

What’s your takeaway from this lawsuit?  Are you surprised by the results? Let us know in the comments below. Red Dead Redemption 2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and recently saw the biggest opening weekend of any entertainment product.

SOURCE: Variety