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Take-Two Offers Hot Coffee Settlement

If you bought a game about murder, larceny and drug dealing, but were shocked and horrified to find sexual content lurking beneath the surface, you just may have some money coming your way soon. On Friday, Take-Two Interactive announced a settlement for all consumer lawsuits that stem from the infamous Hot Coffee modification for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Pending approval from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, certain consumers will be able to nab $35 from Take-Two as compensation for the mishap. Who does it apply to? According to Take-Two, consumers must swear that they:

(a) bought a copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas before July 20, 2005
(b) were offended and upset by the ability of consumers to modify and alter the game’s content using the third-party Hot Coffee modification
(c) would not have bought the game had they known that consumers could modify and alter the game’s content using the third-party Hot Coffee modification
(d) would have returned the game, upon learning the game could be modified and altered, if they thought this possible

Those who qualify can apply for benefits that could include the aforementioned $35, or a modified disc without all the extras. One major caveat: those participating will need “detailed proofs of purchase.” Take-Two said it is committed to spending at least $1.025 million on the settlement benefits, although the exact amount may vary with the public’s response.

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