GTA Online publisher goes after paid cheating services
Monday June 19, 2017. 05:51 PM , from Ars Technica
You'll never take my cheating tools alive, copper!
Just days after shutting down popular Grand Theft Auto V modding tool OpenIV, publisher Take-Two Interactive has forced three major GTA Online hacking tools to go offline.
Lexicon, Force Hax, and Menyoo were all subscription-based paid hacking tools that let GTA Online players spawn infinite piles of cash, teleport other players to arbitrary locations, become invulnerable, or walk through walls while playing with other people. Over the weekend, though, the websites for all three programs were replaced with a simple message:
After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of [our] cheat menu services. We will be donating our proceeds to a charity designated by Take-Two. We apologize for any and all problems [our program] has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community.
GTA Online has faced major problems with cheaters since the mode launched on Windows in 2015. Almost immediately, players began complaining that the game's online infrastructure, which uses a simple P2P mesh rather than centralized servers, makes it very difficult to cut off hacking tools on a technical level.
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