Handed modder a phone to talk with rep
A Grand Theft Auto V modder claimed on reddit that Take-Two sent private detectives to his house in an apparent attempt to intimidate him into ceasing all development on his mods.
In August, the creators of the mod FiveM – an alternate version of GTA Online that ran separately from Rockstar’s servers – were banned from Rockstar Social Club and couldn’t play the game any more. The banning was due to the mod containing “code designed to facilitate piracy” according to Rockstar.
It’s worth pointing out GTA Online has microtransactions, which may have been the motivating factor behind shutting down the mod which still required players to have a paid-for copy of the game.
Fast-forward to now, mod creator Ntuathy has released a statement on reddit claiming Take-Two recently did some pretty scary stuff when trying to get FiveM shut down:
So I just got a pair of PIs at my door claiming to be sent by Take Two, handing me a phone with a person somewhere in the UK or US or whatever to ‘discuss how to cease my activities with regard to Grand Theft Auto‘, that ‘they know what happened before with Activision and want to not get the lawyers involved at this time’, however they ‘have tested their legal standing already and are quite certain of their point’ and ‘aren’t willing to accept any solution other than ceasing my activities’. Oh, they also ‘couldn’t disclose any conversations they’re having with other modification developers’, didn’t want to talk about general modification policy as ‘it was just about my case’ and admitted they ‘looked through my source code’.
So, assuming this is true, Take-Two sent people not related to the company to do something that a legal cease-and-desist document should’ve been adequate for. They also used a communication method the modder previously had no access too and would be unable to follow up on or keep as evidence should the need arise. That’s really, really scary and incredibly shady.
Now of course, this is currently a completely unverified claim as Take-Two hasn’t released a statement about the alleged incident just yet. We’ve contacted them for a statement and will update should we get one.