GTA Online was down yesterday for a 24 hour period and is said to come back tonight. Rockstar has said that the 24 hour period will act as a time for necessary maintenance. What that likely means is that Rockstar is cracking down on cheaters that managed to illicitly gain GTA$. Has Rockstar gone too far by shutting down online servers or is it their duty to ensure everyone can enjoy the game as it is intended?
Rockstar Games announced that GTA Online would be down for a 24 hour period for maintenance. Rockstar is often making changes to GTA Online, but normally they don’t shut down GTA Online in order to do it. This time it may be necessary due to the grand scope of what they are trying to accomplish. Many players have been cheating to gain extra in-game money in GTA Online. So many have gotten so much money that they have been giving it to people who did not ask for it. Rockstar wants to punish these cheaters, but not the innocent by standards.
Some players received ill-gotten GTA$ without asking for it when they did not want it. Luckily, Rockstar is aware that this has been happening and plans to take that money without punishing those that got the money unexpectedly. “Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action – the funds will just be removed, and you’ll be able to keep any items you currently own.”
For those that did not cheat, this probably sounds like good news. However, Rockstar intends to punish the cheaters who knowingly gained extra ill-gotten GTA$. What exactly will happen is currently a bit of a mystery. The penalties are up to Rockstar and seeing as GTA Online is still down cheaters likely haven’t seen their punishment yet. Rockstar says that punishment “may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether.”
The rampant money scheming has been ruining the GTA Online experience for many, which is exactly what Rockstar does not want. Rockstar has a lot to deal with if they truly expect to remove all illegal in-game money in only a 24 hour period. With such a massive exploitation it is possible that some players will return to GTA Online and not notice a difference. It is also possible that old cheaters and new cheaters will try to once again gain ill-gotten GTA$. If you see cheaters and want to help Rockstar return GTA V to former glory you can, pause your game, go to the online tab, and report individuals that are exploiting the game.
Rockstar Games has a plan to remove ill-gotten GTA$ and punish cheaters in GTA Online in order to return it and GTA V to former glory. The 24 hour maintenance period going on now is Rockstar’s attempt at removing such problems. The irony can not be ignored that a game about criminals is being plagued by cheaters trying to obtain extra money.
By Garrett Jutte