Over the last month, gamers from around the internet have been finding all kinds of glitches, especially ones that allow users to generate large sums of money, in Rockstar's GTA 5. YouTube has been filled with hundreds of videos that teach players to make massive amounts of cash in minutes by exploiting simple loopholes in the game.
The difficulty began when players started finding glitches in the game's online world, GTA Online. Popular glitches included the ability to duplicate and resell extremely valuable vehicles and to change the value of cash payouts with mods.
This trend has resulted in a multiplayer game experience that allows the cheaters to have an unfair advantage over other players. After over a month of complaining, it looks like Rockstar has finally started taking action against cheaters in the game.
The company is now banning players in the game who have earned money through illicit methods. This information has been confirmed by a post on the game's forums by a representative from the company.
"Question: I heard Rockstar Games was banning players who received large amounts of GTA$ from modders. Is this true?"
"Answer: To keep the gameplay environment as fair as possible for legitimate players, we routinely do sweeps to separate out cheaters and modders, and to reverse any illegitimate transactions. These sweeps are based on in-game automated detection, examination of suspicious gameplay statistics, and also manually-reviewed evidence submitted by the Community. If you were not engaged in any wilful cheating or exploiting yourself, you do not need to worry about getting caught up in our work to separate out cheaters from the rest of the population."
Sometime back, an online chart of the game's richest players showed that one individual had accumulated over $1 trillion in game credits. To make this kind of money in the game, one would be required to purchase Great White Shark cash cards, each worth $1,250,000 of in-game currency.
These cards cost about £13.29 in real world money, meaning that this player in question is worth over £10m. Even though players will not be able to turn in-game currency into real money, these excessive cash accumulations have a harsh effect on the game's economy.