Elon Musk isn’t a ‘GTA’ fan — but X is desperate to get ‘GTA 6’ trailer on the platform – LSB

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Elon Musk expressed his love for video games as Elden Ring in the past. But there’s one wildly popular game that Musk isn’t a fan of: Grand Theft Auto.

“I tried, but I didn’t like committing crimes,” Musk said in response to an employee of X who said they never played a GTA game before. “GTA5 required shooting cops in the opening scene. I just couldn’t do it.”

GTA is a work of fiction – a video game – and playing it doesn’t mean you’re actually committing a crime or shooting at police officers. But Musk is entitled to an opinion. And GTA was certainly a big topic of conversation on Monday after the trailer for GTA 6 leaked on Musk’s social media platform a day before it was released.

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However, his opinion on one of the most popular video game franchises of all time isn’t really what’s important here. It’s that Musk openly shared his disdain for the game, at the same time X CEO Linda Iaccarino publicly addressed the GTA 6 publisher Rockstar Games in hopes of uploading the new game’s debut trailer directly to X.

“@RockstarGames — gaming is one of our most popular topics,” Yaccarino published on the platform formerly known as Twitter. “Play this trailer here – give the people at @X what they want!”

Musk seems to have a habit of undermining Iaccarino, who he picked as CEO specifically to bring advertisers back to the platform because of her background in the ad industry. Just last week, Musk said big brands like Apple and Disney for “fuck off.” This was in response to these companies stopping X’s ad over Musk’s approval of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

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Yaccarino previously boasted the number of views on a post Rockstar Games’ GTA 6 posts were received in the days leading up to the trailer’s official release, originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 5th.

“90+ million views in less than 12 hours,” X’s CEO published on Friday while sharing a Rockstar Games teaser post for the trailer release. “I’ll see you on Tuesday!”

However, on Monday afternoon, the trailer was leaked by an anonymous X user named @Gta6trailerleak. While X suspended the account within an hour of the trailer leaking, the video was already making the rounds, forcing Rockstar Games to exemption trailer on YouTube at 6:10 PM ET Monday night.

At 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, when the trailer was officially set to debut, Rockstar Games shared trailer again on X, once again directing users to its official YouTube upload.

At the time of publication, GTA 6 trailer has more than 74 million views on YouTube. Like YouTube’s biggest star MrBeast indicatedon GTA the trailer has already set a new YouTube record for most views in 24 hours.

At the time of publication, Rockstar Games has not uploaded GTA 6 trailer directly to X.

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