Rockstar bans GTA’s FiveM modders [Updated]

    
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Rockstar bans GTA’s FiveM modders [Updated]

Rockstar has banned the accounts of the Grand Theft Auto V modders responsible for popular multiplayer project FiveM, according to Eurogamer. FiveM allows GTAV users to play on custom multiplayer servers apart from Rockstar’s GTA Online service, and it has been used to import maps from previous GTA titles into the GTA V engine, as you can see in the video after the cut.

FiveM’s creators say that their service doesn’t interact with GTA Online at all, which should have prevented the banhammer since Rockstar has previously stated that all mods that steer clear of GTA Online are OK. FiveM does connect to Rockstar’s Social Club service, but ironically this was done to prevent piracy and ensure that the mod’s users had purchased GTAV rather than simply pirating it.

Source: Eurogamer
Update 08/11/2015 08:03 a.m. EDT: A moderator of r/FiveM who says he was part of the group that was banned has posted corrections to the Eurogamer article, including the clarification that “there aren’t any anti-piracy measures.” Thanks, Tanek.

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The real issue here is probably that Rockstar wants you to play GTA:O…..because it makes them money. By playing this mod you are still playing the multiplayer game, which they designed as a service but are skirting around the official release (that makes them money). This mod effectively robs them of the potential to make money. Think about it, can you imagine how pissed Netflix would be if you found a way to watch Netflix without paying for Netflix? I understand that GTA:O isn’t a subscription game but it does have a cash shop. These unofficial servers do not and would even allow the illicit type of mods that could get you what you otherwise might have to shell out real cash for. So you’d get the same experience without the fee. I don’t imagine they’d like that.

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peyo01 CkEIREXE I run a modding site for fighting games, and I think I have spent more time modding them than playing them, but well it’s fun for me.

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CkEIREXE peyo01 Not a modder myself (not because I would not be able to, but because there are only 24 hours a day) but I’m always amazed by the creativity of the gaming community. I can only imagine the huge amount of  time needed to develop a good mod and as a passionate guy myself, I really appreciate the energy other passionate people can develop in such activities.
So I can only agree with you.

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peyo01 CkEIREXE They provided a lot, but they killed one of the main fundations of PC gaming, modding, modding is the most amazing thing ever in gaming, because with mods, your game can live forever (look at GTA:SA) and people will still buy it thanks to modding.

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CkEIREXE peyo01 I still consider they provided much more than what many AAA games propose when they launch these days (I’m alittle stubborn, sorry ;-) ), but as I don’t play GTA V and you do, you know better about the real quality of this game.
Thanks for all the clarifications CkEIREXE, I understand better now how GTA:O operates and why players can be upset by the implementation of the multiplayer part of the game.

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peyo01 CkEIREXE Then they should have given us proper multiplayer like gta iv’s, separating modders from non-modders so we could play with mods and stuff and have made the multiplayer code properly instead of the shitty p2p thing we got.

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CkEIREXE peyo01 But they may be very sensitive about this mod because of the potential fiancial loss coming from it (even if they cannot assess the extent of this loss, and even if it probably would be negligible for them).

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peyo01 CkEIREXE Yes you can buy it.

But I honestly believe considering how cheap the game is to host for them and how expensive the game is that they could live without microtransactions in online mode perfectly.

Plus is not like console players aren’t still pumping money in.

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CkEIREXE peyo01 Oh, ok. Thanks for this information. I didn’t know.
Can you confirm if there is some kind of monetization in GTA:O? I think I read something about being able to buy IG money for real cash, but I’m not sure of this.

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deekay_zero CkEIREXE Private servers emulate the server (in this case for the mmo-like online), FiveM adds old-school style multiplayer where it does not exist, in singleplayer.