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GTA publisher hits back at the US President for “disrespectful” comments

Published: 11/Aug/2019 14:23 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 12:11

by Joe Craven


The CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick, has hit back at US President for “irresponsible” comments he made in the aftermath of the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

August 3, 2019 was one of the darkest days in recent US history. A mass shooting in El Paso, Texas saw 22 people killed. Just 13 hours later a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio saw a further 9 people murdered.

The tragic incidents reignited the gun control debate in the United States, with many arguing that more austere gun regulation would inhibit such terrible acts. However, many also blamed video games and claimed their violence can corrupt young people and encourage violent acts.

UnsplashThe debate over video games causing violent, unlawful behaviour is not necessarily new, but was reignited following the mass shootings in the US.

One of the people to vocally blame video games was US President, who said that video games contribute to the “glorification of violence in our society”. He also described video games as “gruesome and grisly”.

Strauss Zelnick is the current CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the company that owns Rockstar Games. Many named Grand Theft Auto – developed by Rockstar – as one of these “gruesome” video games that can negatively influence its players.

In an interview with Business Insider, Zelnick described the President’s comments as “disrespectful to the victims”, and lamented a wider social move to lay the blame on video games. He described the USA’s gun problems as a “uniquely American” issue.

Rockstar GamesGTA V is one of the games blamed for “glorifying” violence.

This is the main argument used by those defending video games: that other nations, such as South Korea or the UK, do not have nearly the same issues with gun violence despite similar video game consumption levels.

Hence, the argument states that the main reason behind these mass shooting appears to be the USA’s gun control laws – or lack thereof.

Vox/Twitter: @ReggieThe statistics certainly support Zelnick’s view that video games are not to blame.

“Blaming entertainment is irresponsible,” stated Zelnick. “Moreover, it is highly disrespectful to the victims and their families. The fact is entertainment is consumed world-wide…but gun violence is uniquely American. So we need to address the real issues.”

Take-Two Interactive, alongside other publishers like Activision, saw their stock decline following the shooting, and the criticism of video games.

Reports have surfaced that US companies, like Walmart, are instructing staff to remove violent advertisements. Companies like Walmart still have guns for sale in their stores.

There has not yet been significant legislative change towards mental health procedures or video games.


How to complete FIFA 21 UEFA Marquee Matchups SBC Week 4

Published: 27/Nov/2020 5:57 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 5:58

by Andrew Amos


Champions League competition is back this week, and that means another set of UEFA Marquee Matchups SBCs are available for FIFA 21. Here’s how you can complete them to earn some more packs.

Matchday 4 of the Champions League has already been and gone, but there’s still time to complete the Marquee Matchups SBC for the week’s action.

Previous weeks have featured great matches like Real Madrid v Inter Milan, as well as Juventus and Barcelona. Despite the high profile games, the SBCs are relatively easy and cheap to complete, making them a must-do.

The two games that feature in the Week 4 UEFA Marquee Matchups are PSG v RB Leipzig and Liverpool v Atalanta. The Premier League champions were bested 2-0 by the Atalanta squad, while PSG walked away with a 1-0 victory on November 25.

Thanks to FUTBIN, let’s take a look at the requirements, cost, and solutions to complete these SBCs as easily and cheaply as possible.

FIFA 21 UEFA Marquee Matchups SBC Week 4

PSG v RB Leipzig


  • # of players from PSG or RB Leipzig: Min 1
  • Same Club Count: Min 2
  • Rare Players: Min 1
  • Squad Rating: Min 75
  • Team Chemistry: Min 75
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Rare Gold Pack

Cost and solution

Cost: 4,500 to 8,000 coins

FIFA 21 SBC solution for UEFA Marquee Matchups Week 4 PSG v RB Leipzig
Here’s how to complete PSG v RB Leipzig.

Liverpool v Atalanta


  • # of players from Liverpool or Atalanta: Min 2
  • Same League Count: Max 3
  • UEFA Champions League Common or Rare: Min 1
  • Rare Players: Min 2
  • Squad Rating: Min 77
  • Team Chemistry: Min 80
  • # of players in the Squad: 11
  • Reward: Rare Mixed Players Pack

Cost and solution

Cost: 6,600 to 8,200 coins

FIFA 21 SBC solution for UEFA Marquee Matchups Week 4 Liverpool v Atalanta
Here’s how to complete Liverpool v Atalanta

Rewards and expiry

For completing the UEFA Marquee Matchups Week 4 SBC, you’ll net yourself a Premium Gold Players Pack on top of the other two packs for doing the individual challenges. The pack alone is worth 25,000 coins, which makes it well worth the cost of doing the SBC.

You’ll have until December 1 to complete the SBC before it goes away ahead of the next week of Champions League fixtures, so be sure to complete it before then. If you find something good in your packs as well, be sure to let us know over on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK.