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It’s been over a decade since the last Grand Theft Auto game came out so the Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 trailer release date for GTA 6 was a big deal.

That is, until an anonymous leaker dropped the trailer on Elon Musk’s X, formerly known as Twitter, a day early.

Being that the leaked trailer was making its way across the internet, Rockstar Games clearly felt forced to release their own official version of the GTA 6 trailer early. It’s now available to view on YouTube.

X account @Gta6trailerleak was seemingly set up specifically for one purpose: Leak the GTA 6 trailer. The video wasn’t up for long, based on screenshots floating around. It appears X suspended the account no more than one hour after it posted the leaked trailer. 

According to The Verge’s Tom Warren, Rockstar made their official trailer public around 10 minutes after X suspended the leaked video uploader.

The leaked video, which we now know was legitimate, had a “BUY $BTC” watermark overlaid over the entire clip.

Musk’s X is no stranger to leaks, piracy, and copyrighted content being posted. Ever since X rolled out extended-length video uploads for paying X Premium subscribers, users have been posting full-length feature films to the platform, obviously without permission from the copyright holder.

X CEO Linda Yaccarino boasted on Friday about how many views Rockstar’s GTA 6 post hyping up the Tuesday release date received on the platform.

“90+ million views in under 12hrs,” Yaccarino posted. “See you Tuesday!”

But, thanks to the leaker, GTA 6 fans don’t have to wait until Tuesday.


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MuskWire TLDR:

The release of the highly anticipated trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6) was supposed to be on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. However, an anonymous leaker dropped the trailer a day early on Elon Musk’s social media platform, X. As the leaked trailer started circulating on the internet, Rockstar Games, the developer of GTA, felt compelled to release their own official version of the trailer early. The leaked video was quickly taken down by X, but not before Rockstar Games made their trailer public, just 10 minutes after the leaker was suspended. The leaked video had a watermark saying “BUY $BTC” overlaid on it. X has been known for leaks, piracy, and unauthorized content being posted on its platform. The CEO of X, Linda Yaccarino, boasted about the number of views the GTA 6 post received on the platform. However, thanks to the leaker, fans of GTA 6 didn’t have to wait until Tuesday to see the trailer.