Instead, Kurtaj will now be moved to a secure hospital for life. They have also been sentenced to an 18-month long Youth Rehabilitation Order with “intense supervision and a ban on using VPNs online”.
Kurtaj’s defense team reportedly argued that the crimes “had not caused serious harm to the game developer”.
They pointed to the enormous success of the record-breaking trailer, which even leaked online itself. However, this did not ultimately appear to sway the sentencing from Her Honour Judge Lees.
Given the sentencing conditions, hopefully Kurtaj will not be able to accomplish any further damage and will receive the treatment they need. It’s unclear at this time when circumstances could change.
Fans of GTA 6 continue to support the developers following the devastating hack. Ideally, the creatives will be able to stay on track. However, it may still cause delays, and other criminals could potentially replicate Kurtaj’s methods.