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”.