Elusive, the developer and distributor of cheat software for Grand Theft Auto V, has been ordered to pay Take-Two $150,000 in copyright infringement damages.
We probably shouldn't admit this, but the Grand Theft Auto series has been a part of our lives since we were kids. The two dimensional, bird's eye view versions of the game on the PlayStation One weren't nearly as graphic and violent as today's offerings, of course. Along with stealing cars and bringing down police helicopters, one other thing has come naturally to us while playing GTA. Cheating.
We vividly remember playing certain iterations of the game with a long list of cheat codes alongside us. Vice City and San Andreas were perhaps the best games for this. Codes that unlocked weapons, gave you more health, and even the more wacky ones to make cars fly or have pedestrians fight each other. As you might have guessed, those cheat codes are now a thing of the past.
Cheating on GTA V is a much more serious business. Players have actually been able to buy cheating software that would grant them unfair advantages while playing online, such as unlimited money. Since this flies right in the face of Take-Two, GTA's developers, making real money, the company has taken action. And, as reported by TorrentFreak, the developers have been successful.
The cheating tool is called Elusive, and Take-Two has been on to them for a while. The site stopped selling the software a year ago when first clocked by the game developers, and those in charge pledged to give the money it had made to charity. Take-Two clearly wasn't happy with that and proceeded to pursue legal action. That legal action has now come to an end and Elusive has to pay Take-Two $150,000 in copyright damages as well as almost $70,000 in attorney fees.
Take-Two claims that the Elusive software has actually cost them a lot more than that, as much as $500,000, but $150,000 is the maximum amount payable in copyright damages. This really feels more like a warning to any others who create and distribute similar software on their games or are planning to. Take-Two will find and make an example of you.