Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Judge Blocks 2 GTA Online Cheating Programs

Judge Blocks 2 GTA Online Cheating Programs

A USA court is stepping in to help Take-Two Interactive prevent the spread of software that allows players to cheat at Grand Theft Auto Online.

It accused David Zipperer of selling the Menyoo and Absolute programs that help GTA V players cheat by giving them extra benefits and allowing the adjustment of other players' gameplay.

The injunction basically stops Zipperer from continuing his shady business practices while the court case is still ongoing.

GTA Online is the online multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto V, and the popular game mode is still bringing in a plenty of cash nearly five years after launch.

The tools in question are two trainer mods called Menyoo and Absolute, which allow users to alter various things in-game such as spawning weapons and cars.

Take-Two estimates that these mods damaged the GTA Online's in-game economy in such a way that may have led to them losing upwards of $500,000 of real-world currency.

A preliminary injunction is "a temporary injunction that may be granted before or during trial, with the goal of preserving the status quo before final judgment", according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

It is in Rockstar Games interest to remove modification programs, which allow cheating and can affect the GTA online experience, to keep the player base content. Rockstar's attempts over the years to "combat cheating and griefing" have primarily been enforced through player bans, which it has been clear about.

The judge said the injunction was appropriate as the unemployed Zipperer could not afford to pay damages. The publisher plans to aggressively pursue legal actions against those who create programs which may detract from the experience of the game in a way that causes the company and its users' potential financial loss.

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