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Grand Theft Auto is one of the best-selling video games of all time. If you’ve never played it, it’s a unique experience. You can do almost anything – change the radio station while you’re driving, go scuba diving, or enjoy a night at the movies. But you can also kill prostitutes and police officers. This has made Grand Theft Auto the poster child for violence in video games. The company that makes the game, Take-Two Interactive, has been criticized for inspiring school shooters and mass killings.
But this episode isn’t about violence in video games. It’s about the violence that Take-Two did to its financial statements.
Take-Two was forced to restate its financials 3 times in a span of just 5 years. Each time you thought it was over, Take-Two ended up in the news again. And the company’s founder was right in the middle of it. Would the guy behind Grand Theft Auto get sent to prison?