If you’ve ever considered building your very own cheat machine for Rockstar’s games, it looks like that probably isn’t a very good idea. A federal court has just ordered a GTA Online cheater to pay $150,000 in damages to Rockstar. And that’s on top of his legal fees. More details below.
The individual in question is Jhonny Perez and his GTA Online cheat tool. Perez was selling Elusive for $10 to $30, depending on the bundle you went for. It essentially allowed players to earn infinite amounts of in-game money, break NPC AI patterns and more. It encouraging other players to get in on the nefarious activity. But Perez also profited from it and simultaneously began to ruin the experience for honest criminals in the GTA Online world.
Clearly, Perez was violating Rockstar parent company Take-Two’s copyright and was asked to take Elusive down back in 2018. While Perez did comply at the time, Take-Two claims the individual said the proceeds would be donated to charity. However, Perez failed to turn up proper financial documents proving how much he had made and never really followed through with the requests, according to reports.
GTA Online cheater to pay $150,000:
So Take-Two took him to court back in August of 2018, which has now ordered the GTA Online cheater to pay $150,000 in damages. Reports also suggest Perez had to end up spending around $67,000 in legal fees as well. Take-Two reportedly claimed that Elusive may have resulted in serious losses for the company that add up to something like a half million dollars. Here’s a full look at the court order if you’re interested in learning more.
It isn’t the first time and won’t be the last:
This isn’t the first time Take-Two has gotten scrappy over its copyright either. So if you’ve been dabbling with your own RDR2 Online cheat tool over the last few months and don’t want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to Take-Two, you might want to think again.
Publishers and game developers at times look as though they are being needlessly aggressive with individuals that just love their games. But in cases like this where the action of one individual can negatively effect the experience players have spent their hard earned cash for, it doesn’t seem all that unwarranted. Especially considering it sounds as though a quick donation to charity and some photocopies could have gotten Perez out of any serious trouble.
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