The Star’s story claimed that the new game – Grand Theft Auto Rothbury – would be based on the tragedy which culminated in the events in the Northumberland village leading to Moat’s death.
She said that the newspaper solicited and published quotes from third parties, including one from a grieving relative of a victim of Moat, in which the alleged plan to create such a game was described as “sick” and deplored in the strongest terms.
In its leading article, the newspaper commented that the people behind the production of the game were “questionable idiots” who were making money out of other people’s misery.
Hart said that Express Newspapers had admitted that it did not approach the company for a comment before publication.
She said: “The defendant now accepts that Rockstar Games never had any intention to create such a video game at any time. The story was entirely false.”