The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI (GTA VI) trailer leaked, causing Bitcoin’s price to jump by more than $200. Surprisingly, the video had a watermark that strongly encouraged people to “Buy $BTC.”
The developers of Grand Theft Auto VI, Rockstar Games, acted swiftly in response to the leak, which was initially of poor quality. Rockstar Games made an uncommon move by releasing the official, high-quality trailer on YouTube a week before its scheduled release, inviting viewers to see the official version.
The leaker was praised by some crypto aficionados as “an absolute king” for unintentionally enhancing Bitcoin’s profile. The price of Bitcoin surged $700, or 1.2%, after the leak, reaching $42,400 before leveling down at $41,940 as of the reporting time.
The free promotion of Bitcoin was not sustained for long, as the @gta6trailerleak account that leaked the information was quickly deleted. Even after its removal, other people tried to spread it again, this time in defense of the leaker.
Bitcoin has been steadily climbing over the past week, reaching a new all-time high of $41,900 at the time of writing, up 12.7 percent from $37,400.
The Grand Theft Auto VI trailer, unlike previous entries, failed to reveal when the game would be released or which platforms it would be compatible with. With an estimated development budget of over $1 billion, the highly anticipated video game is set to debut on Xbox Series S/X and Playstation 5 in 2025.
No word yet on whether or if a PC version is in the works.