A man who developed a program to allow players to cheat in GTA V has been ordered to pay $150,000.
Jhonny Perez, of Florida, had created a cheat program named ‘Elusive’ and had been selling it to customers for $10-$30.
Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, won the case after a judge ruled the cheat harmfully disrupted the balance of the game’s design.
US District Court Judge Kevin Castel stated in the court order, “Mr. Perez’s Elusive program creates new features and elements in Grand Theft Auto which can be used to harm legitimate players, causing Take-Two to lose control over its carefully balanced plan for how its video game is designed to be played.”
Elusive allowed players to generate unlimited amounts of in-game money within Grand Theft Auto V. The game normally has the option for players to spend real world money to buy in-game currency, boosting an otherwise steady grind.
Cheating and exploiting have plagued GTA V from the beginning. One early exploit allowed Grand Theft Auto Online players to place bounties on others for $10 million dollars, when the usual limit is only a couple of thousand. Naturally, players worked together to collect the bounties and circumvent the need to pay real money for game money.
In the past, Rockstar and Take Two have been known to issue bans and adjust the in-game money levels to reflect pre-cheat totals on those who have utilized any cheats that exploit the game. Rockstar and Take Two have not stated if they will be making any adjustments, however, it more than likely depends on how much Elusive effected the game.