A few days back, we reported on Rockstar's manual banning of the creators of FiveM, a mod that created a multiplayer mode separate to Rockstar's official one. The mod was sort of like Multi Theft Auto, allowing for custom servers. Since the mod only messed around with the game's single player code, it should have been in compliance with Rockstar's set rules for modders.
However, Rockstar got wind of this new mod and decided to manually ban the creators of FiveM and then set its sights on the mod's users. Rockstar has now spoke out on bans, claiming that the mod helped to “facilitate piracy”, despite the modder's own statements to the contrary.
The FiveM mod requires a social club login to play, this is used as a form of DRM to ensure those wanting to play the mod actually owned Grand Theft Auto V before getting online. Unfortunately, Rockstar doesn't see it that way. In a statement sent to PC Gamer, Rockstar said:
“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.”
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KitGuru Says: Rockstar appears to be taking a rather unfortunate position when it comes to mods with GTA V. Past games in the series have enjoyed very long life cycles thanks to mods for both single player and multiplayer.