Rockstar has threatened to impose penlites or ban any players that are caught creating counterfeit GTA$ in Grand Theft Auto Online.
GTA Online is currently down for maintenance, during which Rockstar will remove any counterfeit GTA$ from the economy and impose penalties on those found to be cheating. The developer added that players who have received counterfeit cash innocently will simply have it removed with no action taken against them—all items bought with the cash can also be kept.
“In recent weeks, 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,” the developer wrote.
“We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today’s maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game’s economy. Anyone that 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.”
The developer added that the penalties for cheating in GTA Online include being isolated in a pool of other cheaters—similar to the Bad Sport system—and straight up bans, and encouraged players to report any instances of suspected cheating.
“We’re grateful for the community’s continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologize to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game’s natural flow. Please stay tuned for lots more news about GTA Online in the weeks ahead,” the developer concluded.