Rockstar Has Grand Theft Auto Online Cheaters In Its Sights

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Jan 16, 2014 02:33 PM EST
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Looks like Rockstar is finally catching on to the miscreants responsible for ruining the virtual haven of Los Santos, the city that's already filled with players who shoot bullets and carjack, but who do it respectfully. A new post from the company's newswire has the developer setting its sights on cheaters in Grand Theft Auto Online, and warns that those who are caught in the act will suffer Rockstar's wrath.

If you haven't loaded up your peccant personification lately, GTA Online is apparently rife with a whole mess of fake virtual currency, allowing all manner of denizens to wreak havoc with their pick of the game's arsenal, from grenade launchers to attack helicopters. Rockstar's first step at undoing the damage is by removing any and all counterfeit money from the game.

For those of you about to protest, "But that money was just given to me? Why should I be punished." Well, you won't be. According to the post, "Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed, and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own."

Furthermore, "those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether."

Good as Rockstar is, the staff is neither omnipotent or omnipresent, and they're asking players to keep their wits about them, and report any player "that appears to be taking advantage of exploits in your session," because we all know how well that works. Directions on doing so can be found below.

"In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options."

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