GTA was created through a glitch in an earlier game ‘Race ‘n’ Chase’. The police would go wild in it ramming your car, which inspired the developers.
The area of the map in GTA V is 49 sq. miles. The real-life land area of Manhattan is only 23 sq. miles.
Rockstar accumulatively, has been sued for over $1 billion. One lawsuit was for $246 million by activist lawyer Jack Thompson for the creation of a ‘Cop-killing simulator’ he was later disbarred.