Game publishers and developers are still using lawsuits these days to take down cheaters.
Sharing the paid cheating tool Elusive
Engadget’s latest report about a GTA Online cheater shows a massive blow that a bad actor just received.
“A court has ordered Florida resident Jhonny Perez to pay $150,000 in damages (and $66,869 in attorney fees) for creating and sharing Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online that allowed infinite money and other cheats,” the online publication just revealed.
It seems that Perez allegedly “violated Take-Two Interactive’s copyright, disrupted gameplay balancing, threw off its in-game purchase model and soured the experience for honest players.”
This penalty comes as a default judgment. Perez has taken Elusive down back in 2018 after Take-Two had contacted him and claimed that he was going to donate the proceeds to charitable causes.
As expected, he did not hand over the requested financial records that should have proven just how much money he had made from the cheat.
After they did not get any response, Take-Two filed for the judgment.
Publishers accused of exaggerating the damage
Critics accused publishers of abusing lawsuits and exaggerating the damage that has been done to punish cheat developers out of commission and intimidate other bad actors as well.
But on the other hand, it’s pretty obvious that online cheats are affecting tons of players and not only the ones who install them.
This is the main reason for which publishers can almost always count that the legal decisions are in their favor.
GTA 6, not to repeat the same mistake as GTA 5
In other news, GTA 6 will not be repeating a mistake that its predecessor did.
One of the most exciting features that Rockstar Games teased for GTA 5 was called heists.
But GTA 5 players waited 18 months for heists to finally be released and the fan community wasn’t thrilled at all.
Rockstar Games will probably do its best not to repeat that mistake and promise features that will not arrive on launch date.