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Rockstar clamps down on GTA Online cheaters, purges trillions in in-game cash

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If you’ve been living an illegally high life in GTA Online for the past few months, Rockstar has your days numbered. The developer yesterday began rolling out a new system to determine which players have used cheats, mods and exploits to get ahead in life online, and are resetting their bank balances to keep the field fair.

The exact balance though? A cool $0 – essentially putting cheaters back on square one where they belong.

It began with a few messages in-game sent to transgressors, and quickly spread across the game’s forums. As reported by ArsTechnica, one users claims that all players he/she knows of using cheats have been affected already. Rockstar is taking no prisoners, after GTA Online became a minefield of cheating on PC due to the lack of dedicated servers. This made altering code and employing cheating kits relatively easy, and compounded the difficulty Rockstar had trying to counter them.

Rockstar is also altering the way it deals with repeat offenders. Previously a player would need to get “three strikes’ for a permanent ban, with the limit now dropping to two. Suspension will also wipe your inventory and prevent you from playing for a while.

Rockstar might seem to be taking things to the extreme, but it’s not hard to understand why. GTA Online is a fat cash cow for them, generating millions in microtransactions. A portion of those come from players using real-world money to purchase in-game cash, making cheats that generate it effectively more like stealing than other examples. These hacks are likely costing Rockstar millions in actual revenue, which explains why they’ve been hunting cheaters vigorously since last year.

It also keeps the space fair for all players involved, which ultimately should make the space better for those sticking to the rules. Either way, if you’re a GTA Online cheater, there really is nothing to complain about.

Last Updated: October 26, 2016


  1. Good, might start playing this again.
    Already had to reclaim my own damned game after it was hacked.
    At least the dumbarse got me some nice cash.


  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 26, 2016 at 13:10

    “generating millions in microtransactions”


    • Admiral Chief

      October 26, 2016 at 13:16

      Wow, now THAT is a satisfying gif!


  3. VampyreSquirrel

    October 26, 2016 at 13:17

    I still like GTAOnline tho… need friends to play with tho.


    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 26, 2016 at 13:20

      They need to put in new heists, that should get people back


      • VampyreSquirrel

        October 26, 2016 at 13:26

        Yeah it probably would… tho I’ve only done 2 of them xD


        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          October 26, 2016 at 13:28

          Yeah, not sure why they stopped at 2


          • VampyreSquirrel

            October 26, 2016 at 13:33

            I stopped at 2… there’s 4 or 5 of them.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            October 26, 2016 at 13:48

            I forgot how many there are, that’s how long ago I last played it

          • VampyreSquirrel

            October 26, 2016 at 13:50

            I hadn’t touched it for ages, but the PC servers are nice and quiet now, so you don’t get killed within 2 seconds of leaving your safe house, which is pretty awesome.

      • BakedBagel

        October 26, 2016 at 15:18

        I would like my SP DLC that was promised fucking 230 years ago.

        Would be nice.


        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          October 26, 2016 at 15:39



  4. Original Heretic

    October 26, 2016 at 13:48

  5. Andre Fourie

    October 26, 2016 at 14:06

    Well, its called Grand THEFT auto for a reason. Luckily this game never had any appeal to me.


  6. Dungeon of JJ

    October 26, 2016 at 14:16

    I only played on private servers, so never experienced cheater, luckily.


  7. Avithar

    October 26, 2016 at 14:24

    i once was a millionaire and the next day i was a hobo hahahahah


    • Avi

      October 26, 2016 at 15:33

      Same as me, but reason wasn’t GTA, i got married


      • Avithar

        October 26, 2016 at 16:04

        i never played online GTA, to many NOOBs…


  8. Maldy

    October 27, 2016 at 01:19

    Good to here that they are addressing this issue. It’s a shame that they haven’t done it earlier


  9. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 27, 2016 at 09:25

    I think the reason is solely for money. Like hell they’ll do it just to keep things fair lol


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