GTA 5 cheaters: Rockstar is hunting you down

Developer vows to place those who create counterfeit GTA Online currency into "isolated cheater pools" or ban them altogether.

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Rockstar is putting Grand Theft Auto Online cheaters in its sights.

The developer announced today that anyone caught exploiting Grand Theft Auto V's online mode by generating and distributing counterfeit in-game currency may be placed in an "isolated cheater pool" with other cheaters, or banned from the game altogether.

In recent weeks, Rockstar said it discovered a "small number" of GTA Online players who created "game-breaking" amounts of GTA$, which disrupted the overall experience for other players. Today's announcement is in response to that discovery.

As part of the game's ongoing maintenance period, Rockstar is removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy. Additional title updates to GTA Online will be released on an ongoing basis to counteract whatever impact this fake money had on the game and its players.

However, if you "innocently" received any of this counterfeit GTA$, but did not engage in cheating to acquire it, you won't be penalized beyond having that money taken away. All items you purchased using the "dirty" money will be yours to keep.

Finally, Rockstar reminded players that they can report in-game malfeasance mid-session by alerting the developer via GTA Online's in-game reporting functionality.

"We're grateful for the community's continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologize to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game's natural flow," Rockstar said. "Please stay tuned for lots more news about GTA Online in the weeks ahead."

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zakyphobia
zakyphobia

I enjoy watching the high and mighty comments. Fact is majority of the people agreeing with rockstar never got the money. Or they don't play the game (or perform well within online). This is exactly what happens when you want the game more realistic. The story mode was enjoyable due to the tied in events and perks. Online treats you like your now out of highschool so your parents kicked you out and you have only 1000 to your name. Not to mention that creating a next gen kind of game that is to be as big as a state. Your going to have bugs glitches and such. They have us looking for them So they can fix. But when you steal shipments and only one or two lives to do so and to get paid 5 grand or less. But when a level 5 mission pays out nine they think it's bad? When you create a simulated world with bad economy. Just like in real life people will create their own money. Yes it's bad they did so but they shared it, giving players a way to play the game like they did in San Andreas and IV. Now the shark cards idea is like a phone app we don't need them, but when you get taken out by a tank, you still pay the cost so of course they will buy it. Rockstar stole that money too, idk if they did the matinence half assed or it was a greedy idea, but it fired up the community. You all have to remember its a damn game. It's too realistic and I honestly think it's a sims game rated M

tightwad34
tightwad34

LOL. Put them in a cheaters pool. Maybe, just maybe that might make at least one of them think twice about it the next time they get an opportunity. I cannot stand people like that. Hell, some of them are probably coward hackers who do worse than this as well. So yeah, go after them please.

deadpen
deadpen

Would be nice to see more punishment for exploiting/cheating in the online world. Banning is too nice, how about resetting their stats. Take their money, guns, levels, cars, and perks just like they do with cocaine dealer's property since everything may have been bought with illegal funds. They put no effort in obtaining anything an more than likely will not put the effort in re-cheating, if they do then just wait till they are about maxed again and BOOM take it again. But I guess if they did this then 78% of CoD players would quit buying their games.

eduardo4334
eduardo4334

I was given 300 billion dollars by the some PETERJAMES guy I think his name was and I pretty much spent most of it on cars and ammo. and to be honest I was getting tired of seeing all these level 20s having tanks by exploiting the system. I was hoping I could get  a tank eventually  by getting to level 70 ( currently 50) but it seems I wont have enough money. and another thing does anyone else think its shit that when a tank destroys your car they don't have to pay for it. But the owner of the car does.

hadlee73
hadlee73

It seems like it would more fun to actually *hunt* them in-game. Disable their ability to make purchases, start cars and fire weapons, put a big flag over their heads, and then tell the rest of the community that you can win a certain amount of bounty money every time you kill one of them, with a larger bonus if you kill them with a vehicle :P

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

they finally took the counterfit money  ,   bout damn time I got tired of looking and wondering what I was actually making because of all that money now that it is gone I can enjoy my game again , though im glad they aint taking away what I bought with that money ,   ,   cause I had to replace my sultan quite a few times cause the game kept freezing and made me lose it so ya  glad they fixed the game

arod052287
arod052287

I love gta5 online. This article is funny because it makes R* look like the Illuminati and the cheaters look like the Matrix people trying to free us.

KTfreak4Jesus2
KTfreak4Jesus2

One of my friends got hacked and has like 70mil... we are having even more fun since we had no money

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Have fun banning every person with over 1 billion dollars aka every person that has played in the last month or so. Im glad I have unlimited money because I shouldn't have to worry about buying ammo or paying to respawn and all the other bs in the game. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

GTAO: The game that refuses to be fixed. I would praise Rockstar for their resolution in seeking to completely fix GTA Online, but after three months of almost constant tinkering surely everything should be sorted by now.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

No hackers on console games right? What happened to everyone touting that consoles were difficult or impervious to hacks?

frylock1987
frylock1987

Here you go guys. This is where you need to be directing your displeasure. This asshole made over a Billion off of us. Voicing your displeasure on here or through Facebook wont make them change anything. You have to spam the fuck out of the information I've given you. PS3 players did it to Bethesda for their bullshit with holding back DLC for Skyrim and, Gamers did it to Bioware and forced them to change the shit ending for Mass Effect 3.

Sam Houser
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Phone: 646-536-2842
Fax: 646-536-2926

Also....are these assholes going to refund my friend the $40 dollars they spent on their Cash Card? Because all of his money and a few other people who brought Cash Cards had their accounts wiped out....if not, you guys who did buy those cash cards should be contacting a Lawyer because thatsa Class Action Lawsuit right there.

I think Im done with Rockstar games for a few years. They started going down in quality when Max Payne 3 came out.


catsimboy
catsimboy

Too busy banning cheaters to make new fun content P.S. buy GTA cash with real money (it's completely different than cheating because it gives us money)

Trender_man
Trender_man

would be less of a problem if it wasn't such a grind to earn money in the game

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

"isolated cheater pools"... that sounds like alot of fun really.  All the cheaters in their own area having a good time not infringing on other people.  Good job Rockstar.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Ok but they ask people to spend real money to buy this fake currency. To me that is more game breaking than the cheaters who give it away for free.



Metalnoid
Metalnoid

I use to enjoy discover and exploting bugs in GTAo (if i wasnt watching a neverending cloud loading screen), then i sold it

carolino
carolino

will wait for this game to be 10$ or so


gonna take long...

pszone
pszone

well this players will wish they never cheat  because who ever cheated on GTA Online you will be banned for GTA Games Online for Life.

But if create new ID Name you might not be banned .

So really they not getting banned for life.

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

does having 4hundred million GTA dollars give you some sort of an advantage in team death match besides affording an extended clip? When i played GTA online it was mostly coop missions. I don't remember bank accounts killing anyone. Oh i get it...rockstar wanted to sell you money. They don't care about the cheating. They just care about the money they missed out on.



yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

They need to change the payout in the game. Everything is ridiculously expensive and you barely get anything for missions, death match, racing, etc. I bought an Adder for 1 million and it took me FOREVER. Then I went to upgrade it and then that will cost you hundreds of thousands. Just for one car, not to mention property, garages, guns, gun upgrades, constant replenishment of ammo, and other vehicles.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Whatever the cheaters are the only ones left playing this trash. If it's anything like MP3s mp leave it to the cheaters

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@hadlee73 People already did this, instead of a flag it was an orange dot, and if you killed them you made billions.

scambush
scambush

@SiLenTWarrior29 Well spend it while you still have it.. anything you bought with it won't be taken away.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

@xXxIRyanxXx I had 3 .7 b from gifted money wel less then that because I had legit 500k  ,           they did not ban or put me into the pool,   they wont put any one who was gifted the money , in the pool or do any punishment other then taking the fake money away

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@PlatinumPaladin"but after three months of almost constant tinkering surely everything should be sorted by now."

*cough*...bf4...*cough*

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Then of course there's the biggest problem; the greedy shits that publish this game.

EzraMajor
EzraMajor

Your opinion ceased to matter at the Max Payne 3 comment..

allever
allever

@frylock1987 I have no sympathy for your friends.  They got what they deserved.  Next time don't spent money on fake things.

JachAnen
JachAnen

@WingChopMastaNot if they make it too expensive to get billions, and you could always choose not to buy it, while here you are sent it.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@carolino Well then you'll never be playing this game.  Spider-Man 3 for PS3 is still $19.99 on GameStop (Pre-Owned) 

frylock1987
frylock1987

@bottaboomstick 

It actually does seeing as how they keep raising the price on shit, along with lowering payouts on jobs and missons, just to get people to buy their shitty cash cards.

Thats just me though.

hystavito
hystavito

@yes_um_no_yeah I really wanted to see a progression system where you climb the criminal ranks and do bigger and bigger jobs for bigger and bigger rewards.  The example I always give people is the game Scarface, it did a great job with the progression from small street deals to bringing in millions of dollars on the big runs.

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

@yes_um_no_yeahright on. there are only so many times you will want to drive here..grab drugs...deliver drugs.


Heists would have been great. I got bored waiting for them.

noandno
noandno

@b74kd3th In the end of the day, it will be cheaters vs cheaters. I wonder who will win....

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@mariokart64fan @xXxIRyanxXx Are you at 0 or do you have your legit 500k. I'm glad Ive bought everything already. Just like every patch with this games there will be new glitches, the cheaters and hackers have been like 3 steps ahead of R* with every update and I doubt thats changed

JachAnen
JachAnen

@PlatinumPaladinIf that were true, wouldn't they publish some more paid DLC like their competitors are doing?? They gave a lot of free DLC, of course it was intended for the main game from the start, but they could have made people buy instead. So no. They're not greedy.