A number of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) players are already getting banned from playing GTA V and other Rockstar games due to “affiliation” with a new unwanted multiplayer mod.
The issue of using mods in GTA V has long been an outstanding issue in GTA V forums and discussion threads all over the web, and Rockstar has been very adamant about not allowing GTA V mods to be used in GTA Online, since it’s a competitive platform that is meant to bring an equal playing field for everyone playing GTA.
Recently, a new multiplayer mod for GTA V started getting a following from GTA V players, resulting in Rockstar’s displeasure and immediate ban actions. This GTA V mod is the FiveM mod, which, according to many GTA V players and FiveM users, is not a typical multiplayer mod since it does not interfere with Rockstar’s GTA Online system. FiveM creates a separate multiplayer environment where custom levels and mods can be used, and the creators of the said multiplayer mod claims that the said mod doesn’t actually breach Rockstar’s EULA.
However, it seems that Rockstar is taking the FiveM mod very seriously, since it has started banning the people affiliated with the mod. PC Gamer reports that already three people connected to the FiveM mod are banned from playing GTA V, GTA Online, and other Rockstar games like Max Payne 3.
FiveM subreddit moderator Qaisjp posted on Reddit that he, along with FiveM creator NTAuthority and support guy TheDeadlyDutchi, are already banned by Rockstar, not only from playing in GTA Online, but also in the single player mode of GTA V and in another Rockstar game, Max Payne 3. This is because Rockstar did not only ban them from the game, but banned them from the Social Club itself. Qaisjp writes as follows.
“… the good news is that Rockstar doesn’t seem to be banning people for just using single player mods. The bad news is that Rockstar is trying to stifle the modding community.”
Rockstar tells PCGamesN that the FiveM creators were banned from the community since their mod actually breached their terms of service.
“The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy. Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended.”
A lot of GTA V fans are already getting upset over the issue, since this is not the first time Rockstar is using a heavy hand to draw a line for GTA V mods for PC. If Rockstar continues to aggravate mod developers for GTA V, it is possible that these modders will start to shy away from the game, which could possibly mean less support and less interest, possibly, in GTA V.
As of writing, only these three players have been reportedly banned from GTA V because of the FiveM mod.
[Image courtesy of Rockstar via PC Gamer]