American judge temporarily prohibits the maker of GTA Online cheatools

Aug

17

2018

A US federal judge imposed a provisional ban on Thursday for a man who would be responsible for the development of two cheat tools for the GTA Online game. Therefore he can no longer offer it.

Reuters writes that Take-Two, the publisher of GTA Online, accuses the man of being behind the software Menyoo and Absolute. It seems to be tools that allow players to make changes in the multiplayer game, with which they can benefit from other players. The judge imposed a preliminary injunction , which means that a provisional ban has been imposed pending the outcome of the case.

According to the judge, it is plausible that the man has infringed Take-Two’s copyright with regard to the game. The software would also cause ‘irreparable damage’ to the sales figures and the reputation of the game by discouraging players from buying the game. The ban would be necessary to make Take-Two invest more in games and would be proportionate because there is a big chance that the man can not pay compensation.

According to Reuters, the publisher claims to have suffered half a million dollars of damage from the software. In addition, the company has announced that it will continue to take legal action against ‘disruptions of its multiplayer gaming community ‘. At the beginning of this year, in February, the presentation of Take-Two’s quarterly figures showed that it has sold 90 million copies of GTA V since its release in 2013. The company also mentioned record revenue from ‘recurring expenditures’ in GTA Online. Earlier this month , the company said it had sold nearly 100 million copies of the game and that the After Hours expansion for GTA Online was the most successful so far.

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