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GTA Online cheat program ordered to pay $150k in damages

It's the latest instance of developers taking cheaters to court.

Game publishers are still using lawsuits to take down cheaters, and their latest move could deal a particularly serious blow. A court has ordered Florida resident Jhonny Perez to pay $150,000 in damages (and $66,869 in attorney fees) for creating and sharing Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online that allowed infinite money and other cheats. Perez allegedly violated Take-Two Interactive's copyright, disrupted gameplay balancing, threw off its in-game purchase model and soured the experience for honest players. GTA Online, GTA online download, gta online apk, gta online update, gta online news, gta online, play game, gta online server status, gta online, social club, gta online map, gta online after hours, gta online price, gta online reddit, gta online ps4, gta online heists, gta online not loading, gta online cheats, gta online money, gta, online mod menu, gta online wiki, gta online terabyte, gta online arena wars gta online free insurgent, gta online festive surprise 2018, gta online for android download, gta online feedback, gta online game, gta online guide, gta online gunrunning gta online gameplay pc, gta online game to play, gta online game play free, gta online glitches, gta online generator, gta online game play now, gta online gunrunning guide, gta online games free, gta online guide reddit, gta online game modes, gta online gang attack locations, gta online gifts,gta online game download for android, gta online garage, gta online griefers,gta online gun locker, gta online gunrunning solo.

Game publishers are still using lawsuits to take down cheaters, and their latest move could deal a particularly serious blow. 

A court has ordered Florida resident Jhonny Perez to pay $150,000 in damages (and $66,869 in attorney fees) for creating and sharing Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online that allowed infinite money and other cheats.

Perez allegedly violated Take-Two Interactive's copyright, disrupted gameplay balancing, threw off its in-game purchase model and soured the experience for honest players.

The penalty comes as a default judgment. Perez took Elusive down in 2018 after Take-Two contacted him and claimed that he would donate the proceeds to a charity, but he didn't hand over requested financial records showing how much money he'd made from the cheat. Take-Two filed for the judgment after it didn't get a response.
According to a report from Torrent Freak:Take-Two, Rockstar's parent company, contacted  Perez to cease the distribution of Elusive, which was on sale for $10 - $30, depending on the package.

Take-Two isn't messing around. 

While Perez did comply with the request, further attempts to contact him were met with silence, prompting Take-Two to take the case to court.

Critics have accused publishers of abusing lawsuits, exaggerating the damage done to knock cheat developers out of commission and intimidate others. 
However, there's little doubt that online cheats affect many players, not just the ones who install them & publishers can count on that fact tipping legal decisions in their favor.


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