Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive have definitely cracked down hard on cheaters in Grand Theft Auto Online in the past, going as far as to put some offenders in isolated cheater servers and issuing out lifetime bans in more severe cases. Now, it looks like the companies are set to continue to uphold the strong stance against cheating in the game, as a federal judge recently awarded Take-Two with a preliminary injunction to stop a Georgia man from selling programs that let players cheat.
The case revolves around the Ellabell, Georgia resident known as David Zipperer, whom Take-Two has accused of selling programs that allow Grand Theft Auto Online users the ability to alter the game, or manipulate it in a way to give them a competitive edge over others. According to a complaint filed back in March of this year, not only is the publisher claiming this enabled “griefing” of its online community, but also that it has cost the company at least $500,000.
For those unaware, the two programs in question that were supposedly used by Zipperer are called Menyoo and Absolute, with both being mods that are occasionally called “trainers”. Somewhat reminiscent of Half Life 2‘s Garry’s Mod, these pieces of software allow users to alter a wide range of different in-game parameters, but can also be deployed as cheat-enablers in a competitive game like Grand Theft Auto Online.
In the official ruling from US District Judge Louis Stanton of Manhattan, it was declared that Take-Two would likely prove that Zipperer had infringed upon its copyright of Grand Theft Auto Online, and that the defendant’s programs hurt the game’s sales, as it discourages some to buy it due to the cheats negatively impacting gameplay. Stanton explained an injunction was appropriate, as there was a “high risk” that Zipperer would not be able to afford the damages due to him claiming to be unemployed.
Take-Two offered a statement regarding the case and to those who decide to implement cheating software in Grand Theft Auto Online, or any of its other games, saying that it will continue to pursue legal actions to avoid “disruptions” from harming its multiplayer gaming community. Taking this particular case and the company’s past treatment of cheaters into account, it’s best to simply take the publisher at its word.
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