Microsoft has no official comment and neither have Rockstar Games. Sony also has yet to comment on leaked videos of gameplay appearing through PSN.
It was inevitable such a hotly anticipated game would be pirated but perhaps what is surprising is the sheer boldness of these pirates connecting to Xbox LIVE way before retail copies hit the streets.
Xbox LIVE's Larry Hryb has said he can't comment on the position of Microsoft as they "need to look into this further." It's unlikely the software giant will just sit back and let this blatant activity carry on unchallenged.
Despite the spread of illegal copies of the game, pre-order sales and those on the day of release will be more than enough to reward the teams at Rockstar for their workmanship.
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