GTA: Vice City pulled from Steam

Rockstar yanks action game from digital distribution hub due to licensing issues reportedly related to Michael Jackson's "Wanna be Startin' Somethin.'"

Gamers may have noticed Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is no longer available on Steam. This was no mistake, as a supposed Rockstar Games representative said in the official Steam forums that the game was pulled due to a music licensing issue. The company said it is working to get the game back online as soon as possible, though no specific timetable was provided.

The game's disappearance from Steam was first noticed by The Sixth Axis, though Cinemablend now has more information. That site reports that GTA: Vice City was yanked from Steam due to a claim from Sony Music Entertainment regarding Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" song, which appears in the game's Fever 105 radio station.

A Rockstar Games representative told GameSpot, "Due to some music licensing issues, we've had to temporarily remove Vice City PC from digital stores. We'll make it available again as soon as possible."

This news comes during Rockstar Games' celebration of GTA: Vice City's tenth anniversary. Late last month, the company announced that it would release iOS and Android versions of the 2002 game to mark the occasion.

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mazardeus
mazardeus

Uh...Vice City's back, but why is there not a Mac version available? GTA III and San Andreas has mac version.

N4o7A
N4o7A

So stupid i swear... 

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

thats dumb dont take it off steam! at least put it back on without that stupid song in it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Geez Sony. Don't you think Rockstar will remember this going forward? Don't you enjoy the sales these guys bring? Some companies are so dopey sometimes. :P

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

A decade old game has one song in it that's copyrighted.

It must be hard to search so long and hard to find something to complain about these days.

Sideshow_me
Sideshow_me

remove song from radio, release update patch.. done

cheese00701
cheese00701

FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU i love this game i knew i should have brought it hope it come's back soon :(

Duke_51
Duke_51

That's too bad, but the game's pretty well unplayable without a gamepad anyways.

BloodyAura
BloodyAura

They should release the 10'th anniversary version on XBOXLive; coarse even if they don't, I'm glad I still own a physical copy of Vice City(for PS2,which still plays perfectly)Just another reason I won't be switching to PS3 anytime soon

Monkeystrummer
Monkeystrummer

Sony do realise that Rockstar help shift their Playstations, right? Rockstar could be complete dicks about it and just release GTA V DLC for XBox

morgwin
morgwin

In the spirit of GTA3 "I demand compensation for this insult". Of course i personally don't but thought it would be funny.

jessie82
jessie82

who cares hes dead it shouldnt matter anymore

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

The licencing issue will be fixed quickly. What's good is that if you already own Vice City you can still download and play it from your library.

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

For the ignorant in the comments, YES you CAN still download and PLAY multiple games that have pulled from steam trough time. Though they are only about 20 or so games, you can still play them. Prey hasn't been on Steam in years yet I can download and play it.

PillyChickle
PillyChickle

Sony being pricks? Nothing unusual here.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

So, before you get it back on steam do a HD remake with proper 360 controls for 3, vice city, and san andreas and release it as a bundle please

 

djwood84
djwood84

So... I guess they DO want to be starting something??

OldSchoolPlaya
OldSchoolPlaya

Does this mean that people who purchased the game through Steam will not be able to play the game until this issue is resolved? If that is the case, welcome to the the future of video gaming; it's called "Digital Distribution".

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

How is there a licensing issue? I don't know the ins and outs of the music industry, but the music was already licensed for the game. So how is it an issue?

nate1222
nate1222

The music industry is pretty much a dodge. They're still pissed that people buy MP3s instead of $15 CDs with only 3 good songs on them. Then they pull shit like this with games and movies.

 

I bet Micheal Jackson's surviving relatives don't even give a shit and probably don't see a dime from it. Some deuches in the board of directors, who had nothing to do with creating the song, are bitching because they can't squeeze every penny out of it. It's all just industry-heads acting like asses.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Yeah, now if only something more respectable than Steam could catch the vision and expel that horrible game...for about any reason, the right one or whatever it takes.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

just bougt this game too a couple weeks ago haha

elanbg
elanbg

Its only about new copies, since the license for the song expired (apparently there is such thing). This probably has something to do with the 7 disk box set soundtrack they've released 10 years ago with all the music from the game. The matter of fact is that Sony should pay money to Rockstar for making their music available for other to hear in a cool way (while driving in a game). I've always loved how Rockstar never paid money for car licenses (something completely unneeded, btw) and now fans of the series know and use the made up names for the cars - sentinel, infernus, cheetah, comet, sabre, etc :)

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

*puts noose around neck, throws stool out from under him*

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

Oh, so that is what happened, I bought gta 4 a few days ago to see if I could finally finish it, and that made want to play Vice City again, which is my favorite GTA game, but I could not find it on Steam. I thought it was funny, because I remember seeing it with a special discount some months ago. Shame, words cannot describe how I love VC. Nothing like getting a motor bike, play broken wings and shot the crap out of people on the street. What can I say, I am a romantic.

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

Oliver the lady killer biscuit is going to be pissed when he finds out they are removing his favorite track!

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Easy fix , download song , put into custom radio channel.

Land-0-Funk
Land-0-Funk

Good thing I have two hard copies (PS2 & PC). Having it on steam made it easy to access though.  If I went back to play an old GTA it would be that one.

 

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

...So, this means I can't play my copy now? Even if the song is removed from the game, you can put the album in the custom radio folder to have it play in the game anyway. I never even listened to that song anyway, "Video Killed The Radio Star" was my favourite song, 

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Just saw that it was pulled from Steam so I have it downloading now (bought the GTA pack previously.) Nobody's taking away my game content. Even if it's a song on a station I won't listen to.

strongmokus
strongmokus

 @OldSchoolPlaya There some other games that are not anymore in the Steam store, but I still can download and play them. But this is not the main problem. Those who would like to buy this kind of games, but they were available only digital, it's going to be really hard to get them (if piracy is not involved).

pal_080
pal_080

 @elanbg Out next year, the Dodge Comet!  Just in time to force GTA V from shelves for licensing reasons!  (one of these days...)

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

 @flammable_zeus Even if it'll never come back, you'll still be able to download your copy as many times are you want. People just can't buy it.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @nu1mlock Ah, that's good. Thanks for the heads up. I'd hate to think we'd gotten to the point of not being able to play games we've paid for (even if it's true for many multiplayer game modes.) I guess I'm just cautious about things like this these days.

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

 @RogerioFM  

 

Storyline and style wise, Yes, very much so. Actual gameplay wise, no. 

nu1mlock
nu1mlock

 @Hoogovens  @flammable_zeus You should be able to re-download and install it. Besides, you've paid for the game - Steam can't just remove it without your consent - that would actually be stealing. 

Hoogovens
Hoogovens

 @flammable_zeus  @nu1mlock I'm not so sure it's only new copies.  I just checked my game library and I don't currently have an "install" button for Vice City.  ???