We all know that the relationship between Rockstar and modders on the popular game GTA has been, well, rocky to say the least. The topic of mods leading to bans became more heated when GTA V came out on PC in April; Rockstar had to make a formal statement regarding their tolerance to mods – the FiveM modders tried to go too far and have subsequently had their Social Club accounts suspended.
The FiveM mod was described by its creators as a ‘multiplayer modification for Grand Theft Auto V which, much in the lines of popular modifications in the past, offers an advanced multiplayer environment for people to play on dedicated servers with user-made game modes.’
The modders went on to explain, ‘It builds on the solid multiplayer framework set by the Rockstar Studios themselves … Unlike the primary offering for multiplayer included with GTA V, FiveM relies on dedicated servers for connecting players to one another. This eliminates any connection issues that can, will and have occurred in the past trying to connect a session filled with players to one another.’
After an investigation by Rockstar, however, the modders accounts were quickly suspended. The purpose of the FiveM project was found to be something more heinous than the website for the mod originally suggested.
‘The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy,’ the Rockstar representative said. ‘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.’