Rockstar is cracking down harder on cheaters on Grand Theft Auto (GTA) V Online and has been cleaning illegal money and resetting characters and inventories.
Rockstar has been very disapproving of cheats and mods on GTA V Online since day one, with the developer constantly cleaning up after obstinate modders and cheaters. We have seen Rockstar try to clear out GTA V Online mods with patches but it seems that with every in-game patch, we see another mod or cheat patch to keep the gold and the fun going.
There are a variety of mods and cheats available to GTA V Online players but what Rockstar hates the most are GTA V Online cheats which give a player unfair advantage over another. Since GTA V Online is an online multiplayer, Rockstar believes that it is of utmost importance to keep the playing field fair and square for all players.
— GTA News (@GTAonlineNews) October 25, 2016
But okay, you’ve been doing a lot of gold cheating on GTA V Online and Rockstar has not caught up to you yet. Maybe this time around you’ll think twice before loading on illegal cash.
Den of Geeks reports that users hoarding illegal money on GTA V Online are seeing their bank accounts cleaned up by Rockstar. Today, Rockstar started removing in-game cash from players who have obtained their money from hacking or other exploitative ways. Rockstar explains on their forums:
To keep the gameplay environment fair we have removed illegitimately gained in-game money from player accounts. If you received an alert saying that your shared bank balance was adjusted, that is because you had illegitimate funds in your account.
If, however, illegal money is sitting with legitimate cash purchased via Shark Cards on your bank account, Rockstar assures that they are only cleaning up the dirty bills. GTA$ purchased via Shark Cards will remain untouched on your GTA V Online account.
— GTA News (@GTAonlineNews) October 23, 2016
GTA Online suspensions are triggered by a number of factors, including modding in GTA Online, exploiting or abusing game mechanics, manipulating protected game data and code, or interfering with other players’ gameplay experience. Suspensions from GTA Online due to these reasons may be temporary suspensions or permanent bans depending on the severity of the infraction. If you receive a temporary suspension from GTA Online, the next infraction will result in a permanent ban. If you are temporarily suspended from GTA Online, you will not be able to access GTA Online from the moment you are suspended. Your suspension expiration date is shown on the splash screen after being returned to Story Mode following an attempt to play GTA Online. In addition, your GTA Online character(s) will be reset. All GTA Online progress, property and inventory will be reset. All GTA Online suspension and banning decisions are final and may not be appealed.
This means that your first offense will result in a temporary ban, plus a total reset of all your characters, progress, and inventory. You think that’s pretty rough? Try and do it a second time and you will be permanently banned from playing GTA V Online.
Remember, it’s extremely hard to appeal to GTA V Online, even if you are absolutely clean of hacking and modding and were just affected by some random modder like in a case we wrote about last May. Rockstar is employing an automated anti-cheat system so it’s easy for your account to get tarnished by getting involved with modders. So try and stay away from trouble and from troublemakers who can easily dirty your clean plates.
On the brighter side, if you log-in between now and October 31 on GTA V Online, True Achievements reports, Rockstar is giving you a $250,000 login bonus, no questions asked. Happy third anniversary, GTA V Online!
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) October 26, 2016
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