Pretty soon after its launch 3 years back, Grand Theft Auto Online cheaters began artificially creating a huge amount of in game money. The concept of illicitly-gained cash kept on multiplying while Rockstar continued releasing its expansions – until today. Players who had cheated, modded, hacked or even gotten money through glitches woke up to a message from Rockstar earlier today. The message stated that the user’s ill doing had been found out, and as a result they had been eliminated. For some players, this wiped out their in-game cash reserves to a solid $0.
This also included the excessive money made by in game glitches. Players who made lower amounts of illegitimate cash seem less likely to be affected, though the bans are apparently coming in slowly, so safe now doesn’t guarantee modders and cheaters safe now would be in the same position later. According to Ars Technica it’s unclear whether players who gathered money generated by others’ mods will see it stripped away.
In a question answer post, Rockstar explained that in order to keep the game environment fair they had eradicated all of the falsely generated money. This comes in hand with the game’s new suspension policy – updated today: A player’s first temporary ban will wipe all character progress, inventory and property, while a second will result in permanent expulsion. Both motions seem drastic, but not be blamed given how cheating has remained common in the three-year-old game.
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