Rockstar to Penalise Grand Theft Auto Online Cheaters
Written Thursday, January 16, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Rockstar has offered more detail on the ramifications of cheating in Grand Theft Auto Online, whether it's by taking advantage of exploits to amass or distribute "game-breaking amounts of in-game cash," or generally disrupting the game experience through unfair means. The GTA studio recently released a patch to clamp down on cheating, but there's more to come.
"We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today’s maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy," Rockstar warned. "Anyone that innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed , and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own."
There'll be consequences for those who actively and knowingly cheated in GTA Online however, including sectioning off players in cheater pools or issuing outright bans. "Those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether."
Rockstar goes on to encourage people to report instances of cheating or exploits in GTA Online, and you can do so via the game's pause menu where you'll find the 'Online' tab and an in-game reporting option.
"We're grateful for the community's continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologise to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game's natural flow. Please stay tuned for lots more news about GTA Online in the weeks ahead," Rockstar concluded.