Yesterday, news broke that Rockstar had banned the team behind a Grand Theft Auto V mod designed to offer an alternate online multiplayer mode for the game. The affected individuals took to Reddit to plead their case before the public, and broad opinion appeared to back up their claim that the bans were unjust.
In response, Rockstar released this clarifying statement to Kotaku:
“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.”
The FiveM mod was an entirely new online format that was created with the GTA modding tools, but did not operate in conjunction with GTA Online itself. This fact was the creators’ main defense against their bans, but it apparently still fell under illegal action in Rockstar’s eyes.
Given statements made yesterday, the FiveM team is likely to dispute the claim that their mod encouraged or facilitated piracy in any way. Ultimately, however, the call is Rockstar’s to make, and the tenor of their response certainly seems to indicate the situation is unlikely to change for FiveM.