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Rockstar banning people who receive illicit money

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Rockstar has confirmed, in a posting on their forums, that they have some automated and manual systems constantly checking the online economy of Grand Theft Auto V and if you receive a bunch of illegal money from hackers or cheats then you are likely to get banned.

This has panicked a few people as they are claiming that these cheats are creating this illegal money and anonymously sending it to gamers in an attempt to hide their actions. If a lot of people suddenly become rich it will be harder for Rockstar to track down who is the actual culprit.

The posting itself goes as follows

In response to certain exploits in the game, additional efforts are now in place to add players who clearly cheat to the cheater pool.

This should reduce the amount of reports on the forum of these exploits.


Question: I heard Rockstar Games was banning players who received large amounts of GTA$ from modders. Is this true?

Answer: To keep the gameplay environment as fair as possible for legitimate players, we routinely do sweeps to separate out cheaters and modders, and to reverse any illegitimate transactions. These sweeps are based on in-game automated detection, examination of suspicious gameplay statistics, and also manually-reviewed evidence submitted by the Community. If you were not engaged in any willful cheating or exploiting yourself, you do not need to worry about getting caught up in our work to separate out cheaters from the rest of the population.

I think the thing to remember here is that Rockstar has absolutely no desire to ban players from their game as the more players in the game the more successful it is. So I would think that they are taking a very careful line in checking that the guilty parties are in fact guilty.

Most of the complaints of innocent people being found guilty do appear a little suspicious but if you find yourself banned and you really haven’t done anything wrong, really, then just head over to the support forums and post your complaint or even just tweet it to @RockstarSupport and they will be able to investigate.

Last Updated: December 18, 2013

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