Correction: The article incorrectly stated the OpenIV Lead Developer refuted Take-Two’s Claim. In reality it was Rockstar’s statement.
Take-Two Interactive has taken down multiple cheating tools used for Grand Theft Auto V online.
Kotaku was the first to report the takedown of Force Hax, Lexicon, and Menyoo. All three websites hosting these cheat tools now has the following message with their name in the appropriate places.
“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of the [name here] cheat menu services. We will be donating our proceeds to a charity designated by Take-Two. We apologize for any and all problems [name here] has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community.”
Rockstar has since confirmed that these statements are true. However exact details are still unknown such as how much money is being donated. It is also not known what charity or charities are receiving the money.
While most players of GTA Online won’t miss cheats, this move represents a more aggressive stance against mods by Take-Two. Last week Take-Two shutdown the modding software OpenIV. This software was particularly popular however only enabled modding in the single-player campaign.
Since then Rockstar, developer of Grand Theft Auto, has released the following statement to PC Gamer:
“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”
OpenIV’s lead developer has refuted Rockstar’s claim that OpenIV enables modding of anything online. Here is the list of ways OpenIV has tried to follow Take-Two’s rule about modding as provided by the lead developer.
- Strictly following of Civil Code of Russia (only reverse engineering for interoperability).
- Only clean-room reverse engineering.
- No distribution of original data and code.
- And absolutely no messing with Online.
He also claims that “Take-Two’s C&D was specific for out Singleplayer mods and have no mentions about GTA Online” and that they were well aware that OpenIV was only for single-player. Despite this he and his team will not pursue further legal action. He believes that they could “yet again prove that modding is fair use and our actions are legal”, but the effort and time to do so would not be worth it.
In the meantime fans are both celebrating and voicing harsh criticisms of Take-Two’s recent actions. Some players have even taken Steam to write negative reviews for Grand Theft Auto V and have even brought down the overall fan review score to “Mixed”.