Grand Theft Auto Online is a fan project which has taken more than two years of development to make and provides a wonderful multiplayer experience. Sadly, Take-Two and Rockstar didn’t take kindly to the mod and demanded its closure. The mod’s official website contains a statement which reads:
“Take2 Interactive Inc. have contacted us and they asked us to stop GTA:Multiplayer, because from Take2’s point of view GTA:MP is a rival of their business. Grand Theft Auto and all its content is produced by Rockstar Games Inc. and published and owned by Take2 Interactive Inc. We, as developers, respect other developer’s intellectual property and their legitimate interests. Rockstar’s developers have invested so much time to create this beautiful game. We have repeatedly stated our position: We are not going to cross this line, we won’t damage them. “
You have to give the modding team credit for adopting such an understanding attitude. Sadly, it appears Take-Two has massively overstepped the mark and sent private investigators to the modder’s home. The modder said in a Reddit post:
“I just got a pair of PIs at my door claiming to be sent by Take-Two,”
“handing me a phone with a person somewhere in the UK or US or whatever to ‘discuss how to cease my activities with regard to Grand Theft Auto’, that ‘they know what happened before with Activision and want to not get the lawyers involved at this time’, however they ‘have tested their legal standing already and are quite certain of their point’ and ‘aren’t willing to accept any solution other than ceasing my activities’.
This shows a complete lack of respect for the modder’s work, despite his genuine admiration for Grand Theft Auto V. Publishers need to learn that the modding community extends the life of video games and keeps people interested. It also allows people to be creative and get into game development. Honestly, this is disgraceful and Take-Two’s reputation will undoubtedly suffer.
It has barely been two days since Rockstar banned the people behind the already popular third-party multi-player mod made by the FiveM mod team and we could only speculate on the reason up until now. The mod that FiveM made didn’t touch Rockstar’s multiplayer part, as that is forbidden and we’ve previously got to know. Modding the single player is totally fine and we’ve seen some amazing mods already. NTAuthority, TheDeadlyDutchi, and Quasjp however got hit by the ban hammer and how Rockstar has spoken out and explained the bans to PC Gamer.
“The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy,” Rockstar said in a statement. “Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended.”
That explanation doesn’t seem to be justified in any way as the mod actually connects to Rockstars Social Club in order to verify that the user has a legal copy of the game. And yes, it does provide the ability to play on third party servers, but that in itself isn’t forbidden anywhere in the Terms of Service. It honestly just looks like Rockstar was a little bit pissed at people being able to do a better job than they did themselves. Maybe they should hire them instead of harassing them – everyone would benefit from that.
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Rockstar deployed the ban hammer this week after one sneaky user broke into their database and leaked images from the upcoming GTA V Social Club TV feature. Rockstar have proven time and time again that they’re not to be messed with when it comes to leaking information from their games, but for those eager to see more about their beloved game, the user getting banned may have been worth it, maybe.
“Bhaahahahahaha I got banned from GTA Online that was quick!!!” said Chr0am X Modz on Twitter.
The developers are still trying out new features for the roll-out of next-gen and PC release of the game, including Social Club TV. This is thought to be the video editor, YouTube uploader and social feature that will be exclusively integrated into the PC edition of the game. It also looks like users will be able to enter free roam mode to help them craft awesome videos.
The image was leaked by “Chr0m3 X Modz” who wasted no time in sharing with the world the things he discovered.