Judge Blocks 2 GTA Online Cheating Programs

A US federal judge has sided with Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two by issuing a preliminary injunction to prevent a Georgia resident from selling programs that can be used to cheat in Grand Theft Auto Online (GTA Online).

The Two Modding programs are called Menyoo and Absolute.

Georgie U.S District Judge Luis Stratton imposed an injunction against David Zipperer for selling programs that let players manipulate data in GTA Online for their advantage.

A preliminary injunction is "a temporary injunction that may be granted before or during trial, with the goal of preserving the status quo before final judgment", according to Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

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Menyoo and Absolute come in two versions: a free one that only works in Grand Theft Auto V's single-player mode and a paid one that's also compatible with Grand Theft Auto Online. Lusi Stanton also claims that the Injunction would serve the public interest by encouraging Take-Two to invest more in video games. They're vaguely reminiscent of Half Life 2's Garry's Mod, but can be deployed as cheat-enablers in a competitive game.

Cheating appears to be a rampant issue in GTA Online as recent as this year, with multiple Reddit threads from March, April, and May of 2018 calling the game "unplayable" and users on GTAForums.com and Rockstar Support forums making similar complaints.

In addition to enabling griefing within GTA Online, Take-Two claimed that the mods had cost the company at least $500,000. The publisher plans to aggressively pursue legal actions against those who create programs which may detract from the experience of the game in a way that causes the company and its users' potential financial loss.

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