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Rockstar cracking down on 'GTA Online' cheaters; banishment among punishments

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Rockstar North has given its ultimatum to cheaters within Grand Theft Auto Online, threating as much as a ban for habitual violators with in the GTA 5 multiplayer, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

In a post to the Rockstar Newswire, the developer laid out the framework in which they plan to counteract counterfeit money circulating within GTA Online.

“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 post from Rockstar said.

Rockstar said they will continue to distribute title updates to combat the fake GTA$, including a maintenance period today in which they’ll be removing the counterfeit in-game money from accounts.

Some who didn’t intend to cheat will be affected by the retrieval of the fake GTA$, Rockstar said, but though they will have the counterfeit money removed the will not face any further punishment.

“Anyone who 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 post from Rockstar said.

Users who purposefully and actively cheated the system, however, will be subject to “in-game penalties” at the discretion of the Rockstar team, which could include being isolated to player pools of only cheaters or a ban from GTA Online.

Rockstar also asked for gamers who come across players in GTA Online who appear to have been exploiting the session to alert the development team directly.

In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options,” the post from Rockstar said.

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