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Rockstar Going After Grand Theft Auto V GTA$ Exploiters, Punishments Could Include Bans

January 16, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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Unless you’re a cheater (and not the fun kind), Rockstar has a double dose of good news for all Grand Theft Auto V owners today.

First off, the maintenance that could have taken up to 24 hours is now complete, with Rockstar saying, “As part of today’s maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game’s economy.”

Removing this counterfeit GTA$ is the second part of the good news, with Rockstar now going after “a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players.”

If you’re one of these people who exploited GTA Online, Rockstar says you’ll be subject to in-game penalties, which could include being placed in isolated cheater pools, or banned from GTA Online altogether. For everyone who innocently received money due to this exploit, but didn’t actually cheat, no further action will be taken – just that the funds will be removed from your account, and you’ll be able to keep any items you currently own.

Here’s how to report someone you find cheating:

In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options.

Future patches for Grand Theft Auto V will be used to “counter the negative impact” the GTA$ exploit has had on gameplay, while also adding “further cheat protection.”

For more information on how Rockstar is addressing these exploits and what it means for you, they’ve posted a helpful FAQ over on their support website.

What do you think of Rockstar’s handling of this situation? Let us know in the comments below.