Samsung irate over Grand Theft Auto's 'Note 7 bomb'

2016-10-20 10:53 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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Johannesburg - With scores of memes of the exploding Note 7 circulating the web, it wasn't long before Samsung would start taking offence. 

It has emerged that Samsung forced YouTube to pull a video depicting a Note 7 being used as bomb in the popular action video-game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5.

The company issued a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down against the video-sharing website. 

The order comes after the South Korean giant announced that it would end production of the controversial smartphone, which has become renowned for bring prone to exploding amid battery issues.

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The GTA franchise - known for allowing players to experience a sandbox environment and use weapons like C4 bombs and machine guns - also allows third-party developers to create modifications for the game. 

One such modification that has been made is that of the Note 7 ‘bomb’. Players can use this 'bomb' by simply toggling through weapons, selecting the device and throwing it before it explodes. 

In the video, which Samsung has taken issue with, the modification clearly shows a Samsung Note 7 device.

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Players are able to throw the device at people, vehicles and even from atop an aircraft within the game.

The Note 7, which was to be one of the company’s most advanced smartphones was marred by reports of batteries exploding around the world.

Shortly after global production of the device was killed, Samsung South Africa confirmed to Fin24 that the device would not be coming to the country. 

"For the benefit of consumers' safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7 and have consequently decided to stop production," the company in South Africa earlier told Fin24.

The Note 7 in Grand Theft Auto 5 can be used to terrorise the public in general.

The device can also be used to disrupt traffic flow within the game by blowing-up vehicles.

The Samsung smartphone can also be used to threaten other characters in the game.



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