GTA Online publisher clampdown another cheat seller

Take-Two Interactive GTA online ‘s Take-Two parent company legal team has moved against sellers who had made and sold GTA mods. They wiped out popular PC cheat maker Luna Cheats over the weekend, and even got them to give any money they made to charity.

Luna Cheats’ website is now a single page, blank except for a 50-word apology to the GTA Online community, and a promise to “donate our proceeds to a charity designated by Take-Two.”

With Luna Cheats’ mod menu, GTA Online players could enter god or “semi-god” modes, warp their running or swimming speeds, regenerate armor and health, and also deploy a variety of grief attacks on other players of the massively multiplayer mode, like blowing them up or launching their vehicle into the atmosphere. The ability to spawn hundreds of cars can crash servers and bring the game down for others, too.

Eurogamer, which first reported the shutdown, noted that hacking and modding abuses seemed to increase after Grand Theft Auto 5 was given away free on the Epic Games Store.

Grand Theft Auto Online is the persistent multiplayer world of 2013’s Grand Theft Auto 5, which still commands an enormous audience (and microtransaction revenue) almost eight years after launch. Thus it’s still a ripe target for cheat-makers.

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