Florida Joker does U-turn, renews feud with Rockstar Games over GTA 6 trailer likeness | Gaming News

Florida Joker does U-turn, renews feud with Rockstar Games over GTA 6 trailer likeness

Florida Joker revives feud with Rockstar Games, demanding compensation for alleged use of his likeness in GTA 6 trailer.

| Updated on: Mar 17 2024, 17:37 IST
Excitement builds as GTA 6 announcement speculation grows
1/6 The gaming world is buzzing with anticipation as a new theory regarding the announcement of GTA 6 has surfaced online. While it's important to approach this with caution, it's hard not to be intrigued by the intriguing method used by a dedicated fan to make their prediction. (rockstargames.com)
2/6 On September 30, 2023, a Twitter user, formerly known as @GTAVInewz, shared a fascinating image that offered insight into what they believe could be the announcement date for the next instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series by Rockstar Games. According to their theory, we might hear about the game on October 3, 2023. (Pexels)
3/6 The foundation of this theory was laid on September 29, 2023, when Rockstar Games posted an image featuring two GTA Online characters standing in front of the iconic Vinewood sign, with the moon looming in the background. The fan account posited that the studio intentionally incorporated the "VI" sign (possibly hinting at GTA 6) and the moon as a teaser for the impending announcement. (GTA)
4/6 What makes this theory even more fascinating is its connection to the phase of the moon shown in the image, which, according to the theory, will align with October 3, 2023, in the real world. Additionally, the theory suggested that "VI" could stand for Vice City, a location beloved by GTA fans. (@RockstarGames)
5/6 To add a sprinkle of intrigue, the user delved into the announcement and release dates of some of Rockstar's previous game titles: 1. Red Dead Redemption 2 release date: October 26, 2018; Red Dead Redemption 2 announcement date: October 18, 2016, Grand Theft Auto 5 release date: September 17, 2013; Grand Theft Auto 5 announcement date: October 25, 2011; Red Dead Redemption release date: May 18, 2010; Red Dead Redemption announcement date: February 3, 2009; Grand Theft Auto 4 release date: April 29, 2008 (REUTERS)
6/6 Interestingly, all of these dates fell on a Tuesday. Building on this pattern, the user concluded that Rockstar might unveil the next GTA game on an upcoming Tuesday. While this theory has sparked enthusiasm within the gaming community, it's important to remember that it remains speculative, and many are approaching it with a healthy dose of scepticism. The mystery surrounding GTA 6's announcement continues to captivate fans as they eagerly await any official word from Rockstar Games. (Rockstar Games)
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Florida Joker reignites dispute with Rockstar Games, demanding compensation for likeness in GTA 6 trailer. (Rockstar Games/ YouTube)

The hiatus is over and the Florida Joker has reignited his feud with gaming giant Rockstar Games. Lawrence Sullivan, known for his striking resemblance to a character in the GTA 6 trailer, took to TikTok on March 16, 2024, and he expressed disinterest in engaging with the gaming franchise. Yet, just a day later, on March 17, 2024, Lawrence Sullivan aka Florida Joker resurfaced with another video directed at Rockstar Games.

Renewed Demands

In his latest video, Lawrence Sullivan, known as @lawrence.sullivan0 on TikTok, reiterated his call for compensation from Rockstar Games, alleging unauthorized use of his likeness in the GTA 6 trailer. Despite previously shifting his focus to other grievances, such as claims against the creators of the forthcoming film "The Crow," Sullivan returned to his familiar refrain: "GTA, we gotta talk," Sportskeeda reported.

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Escalating Claims

Expanding his target to include both Rockstar Games and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, Lawrence Sullivan emphasised his demand for financial recompense. Initially seeking one to two million dollars, his demands have escalated over time, now hovering around the $5 million mark. Additionally, Florida Joker has expressed interest in securing a voice role for the GTA 6 Joker character.

Drawing parallels to his dispute with "The Crow," Lawrence Sullivan contends that the character of Eric Draven bears a resemblance to him, further fueling his claims of intellectual property infringement. Despite attempts by industry insiders and voice actors associated with Rockstar Games to dissuade him, Lawrence Sullivan remains steadfast in his pursuit of compensation.

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As the Florida Joker continues to command attention online, the gaming community awaits any official response from the companies he has targeted. However, thus far, there has been silence from Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive regarding Lawrence Sullivan's demands.

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First Published Date: 17 Mar, 17:37 IST