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Why Were Rockstar Games Developers Arrested In Cairo?

As the overall production of the upcoming spy thriller from Rockstar Games titled “Agent” being underproductive alongside the abandoning of the trademark back in 2018, a story has been uncovered that states that developers from Rockstar Games got into a bit of an international incident prior to the game being transferred to Rockstar North in San Diego in the early 2000’s.

 

According to sources, part of the game, Agent was intended to take place in Cairo. The team, which was made up of the environmental artists William Kidwell and Joseph Sanabria, as well as lead artist Darrell Gallagher, and art director Charles Morrow had, despite having researched the legal aspects regarding photography in Cairo as well as hiring drivers that doubled as translators still were prompted by police to delete certain photos. The situation escalated as the team continued to photograph the Egyptian city, which saw the team held up at gunpoint and ending with Gallagher ultimately arrested and placed under house arrest at their hotel.

 

The team was accused of filming pornography (which in Egypt is illegal) leading to Rockstar San Diego project leader Luis Gigliotti calling the US Embassy in Cairo.

Gigliotti had this to say in an interview: “And I’ll never forget, whoever it was on the call from the Embassy just literally said, ‘Are you guys stupid? Whatever possessed you to think this was a good idea?'” Following the incident Rockstar San Diego subsequently cancelled a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia that was planned for a later date. The irony is that the team developing an espionage/spy game was arrested in an international incident.

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