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Take-Two goes after another GTA Online modder, seeks $150k in damages

By midian182 · 4 replies
Dec 10, 2018
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  1. Software that helps players cheat at GTA Online by giving them extra benefits, altering the gameplay, and generating in-game currency has been around for a long time. One of these is known as Elusive, which Game Rant reports is linked to Jhonny Perez. Take-Two is suing Perez for copyright infringement related to his involvement in the creation and distribution of Elusive—a program that sold for between $10 to $30.

    “In essence, Defendant is free riding on Take-Two’s intellectual property to sell a commercial product that interferes with the carefully orchestrated and balanced gameplay that Take-Two created for its players,” the publisher said, in the court filing.

    Take-Two reportedly reached out to Perez to ask for his detailed financial statements so it could come up with a fair settlement figure, but he failed to provide the documents and eventually stopped replying, pushing the company to proceed with a default judgment. Take-Two also says his failure to provide the documents and choosing to stop correspondence indicates he is guilty of the charges.

    We’ve been here before, of course. Back in August, Take-Two took David Zipperer to court, accusing him of selling the Menyoo and Absolute programs. As the unemployed Zipper could not afford to pay damages, he was barred from creating or selling mods for GTA V and GTA Online.

    In October, Australian residents allegedly connected to the ‘Infamous’ mod menu for GTA Online had their homes raided and searched.

    While the game is advancing in years, both GTA V and its online element remain great fun and boast an incredible number of players, which is why it stays on our Best PC Games (you should be playing) list.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,308   +3,715

    Ahhhhhh ..... at first I poo poo'd the idea but the fact that this guy was making money and not paying them a fee is a major no no and he deserves everything he gets in the way of punishment ......
  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 703   +538

    Should Ford be going after companies that build engine bolt-ons and blowers on their cars? After all, it gives racers an advantage against other Fords in competition.

    If you have to cheat to "win", you already lost. When I played online, I thoroughly enjoyed beating cheaters without cheating. Plenty of ragequits. lol. Of course, I hosted my own server so I could easily boot/block cheaters if needed. Game companies these days make sure people can't manage their own servers to control this.
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +407

    $150k in damages?

    That's it?
  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Guru Posts: 414   +264

    If you think they are going after this guy because of game balance, you live in a dream world. They are going after him because of revenue and nothing else. Take Two only cares about cheats and exploits that change their bottom line.

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