Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two have had a tumultuous history with modders over the past few months. With the absurdly successful GTA Online mode literally making billions of dollars for the company, they have an incentive to protect player confidence in the service, and it seems that incentive has manifested in a new twist for cheaters in GTA Online.
Take-Two previously caused an uproar after an episode where an update to Grand Theft Auto V broke one of the core tools modders and players use to change the game to their liking. The most recent controversy though, is much more intense. In this case, alongside a widespread banning spree on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, Take-Two has filed suit against the owner and creator of a modding/cheating program for the game called Elusive.
Take-Two previously attempted to contact Perez several times over the last few months, apparently attempting to settle out of court. Part of these negotiations involved requests for detailed financial information pertaining to Elusive, in order to get a clear picture of the financial damage potentially caused. It was this request that seemingly derailed negotiations as Perez stopped responding to attempts at being contact altogether.
And although Elusive was the most obvious target, other mod menus have been taken down as well, such as Xen and Epsilon, either as a result of legal threats or fear of litigation by the owners of these products. Over the last several months, many other mod menus have been taken down.
The playerbase is seemingly unified on the issue. Many PC gamers are celebrating the take down of these paid products as they allege that cheating and modding in multiplayer ruins the gameplay for everyone else. The makers of the products have largely been very milquetoast in their responses.
Grand Theft Auto Online is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as part of Grand Theft Auto V.