The mega leak harms GTA 6 and Rockstar, but also the fans

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A massive leak to GTA 6 is currently making the rounds on the internet. MeinMMO editor-in-chief Leya Jankowski says: This is bad for all of us.

No matter when and where a video game leak occurs, I have the same tedious discussion online. Again and again some have to claim that leaks are only part of an elaborate marketing plan. Anyone who claims this, however, only shows one thing: ignorance.

Leaks on the scale of GTA 6 massively damage the game.

At the moment we can’t estimate how high the total damage will be for Rockstar. It will take weeks to process all of this. In addition, we can assume that the leaker still withheld material. The leaker has already said that he wants to negotiate with Rockstar (via

He allegedly has the source code of GTA 5 and GTA 6. He demands at least a five-digit sum so that the code does not become public.

Unfinished material naturally looks bad

The leak material comes from an early development phase and accordingly looks unfinished. Details, lighting are missing, the movement still seems notchy. This is normal at this stage.

This may be exciting insight for people who are more deeply involved with video games, perhaps even in the early stages of development as test subjects. But that is by no means the majority of players.

So it’s not surprising that there are comments on the material that it all looks shockingly bad for 2022.

If you’ve ever practiced a craft, be it painting, cooking, knitting, building, you know how sucks it is to have someone looking over your shoulder halfway through the process, eyeing the unfinished product with disapproving looks and making notes . Or even worse: well-intentioned and unsolicited advice given on how things could be done better.

Leaked source code is the greatest evil

While unfinished material can still be forgotten once the finished game is here, the source code is different. The source code is the basis of every program, every software and thus also of video games

On the one hand, this is something that you do not want to see in the hands of the competition. But having access to it also opens the door to hacks in GTA Online. Access to the source code makes hackers almost unstoppable and it would be easy to contaminate the game with cheats, for example.

Here at the latest it should be clear how massive the damage really is.

The release of GTA 6 is delayed by Leak

The leak means bad news for those who are eagerly awaiting the new GTA 6. Because everything that happened here means that the release will be delayed.

What needs to happen now:

  • the damage must be limited
  • the amount of damage must be determined
  • the origins of the leak must be found
  • the source code has to be rewritten
  • team morale needs to be rebuilt
  • These are just the most important points that I can judge from the outside. Of course I can’t say at this point what’s really going on in the background.

    All of this costs time and money and that is again at the expense of the players.

    I can understand that after all this time you might even be happy to finally see a sign of life and material for GTA 6. But in the end, nothing worse could have happened for Rockstar and ultimately the fans.