A USA federal judge has sided with Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two by issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent a Georgia resident from selling programs that can be used to cheat in Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA Online).
According to Stanton, the injunction would hopefully result in Take-Two to investing more in Grand Theft Auto Online, which might players and the company.
What just happened? For all the years that it's been riding high in the Steam and console charts, GTA V's online element has been plagued by cheaters. This allowed players who had purchased the modding tool to alter the Online experience for themselves and other players. He added that the programs could damage the company's sales and reputation as people could be discouraged from buying its games.
The accused cheat seller, David Zipperer, was served a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton in Manhattan for selling the programs Menyoo and Absolute, which are used by GTA players to give them an advantage over other non-cheating players online.
Take-Two successfully argued that its copyright of Grand Theft Auto V was infringed by these programs. Menyoo was free to all users, but the free version only allowed you to mod the Singleplayer of Grand Theft Auto V. If you paid Zipperer you would gain access to mod the Online experience. A March 23 complaint from Take-Two claims to have suffered $500,000 in damages as a result of Zipperer's programs, according to Reuters.
The punishment is not especially harsh, but Judge Stratton believed it was "appropriate" as Zipperer can not afford damages.
Take-Two said in a statement it will keep pursuing legal actions to avert "disruptions" to its multiplayer gaming community.