Grand Theft Auto Online News for Xbox 360

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Rockstar may choose to ban players who cheat or exploit GTA Online, the publisher has said.

In an email update highlighting Rockstar's plans to wipe out cheaters from the game, Rockstar acknowledged that "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," and that it will "continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay."

One way on which it hopes to stamp down on cheaters is by removing "counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy".

The counterfeit money will be removed as part of today's maintenance.

Rockstar also warned that "those who actively engaged in cheating and exploiting the game in this manner will, however, be subject to in-game penalties at our discretion. This may include being placed in isolated cheater pools or banned from GTA Online altogether.

"Should you ever encounter someone in GTA Online that appears to be taking advantage of exploits in your session, we ask that you alert us directly via the in-game reporting functionality. 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 publisher adds that it is "grateful for the community's continued support in dealing with these issues and once again apologize to anyone that has had their Grand Theft Auto Online experience sullied by these exploits that broke the game's natural flow."

More news about GTA Online will be revealed "in the weeks ahead".

Source: Rockstar Email Update

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mike683

I have never cheated at an online game because i excel at them. I went to college for software engineering and network security. I am now disabled and online games are my main outside contact. I was enjoying this game till I was wiped out by rockstar, even though i did not cheat. When I contacted them it was because I was too far above average for the length of time since game release. I was told that I could repurchase money from rockstar, however that if i again went above average I could have it all taken away. In short walk away from this game I am. I am having my copy and the ones I purchased for family memebers sold back to gamestop tomorrow.
Posted 07:17 on 17 January 2014
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StuartStuff

Those who have received counterfeit GTAO$ without 'engaging' in cheating/modding themselves will have the cash removed, but any items already owned by the person like vehicles and apartments will be kept, regardless of whether or not counterfeit GTAO$ paid for them. So no real loss if you're one of the honest gamers.
Posted 18:42 on 16 January 2014
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DragonGuard666@ mkn1ght

I think as long as they haven't spent the ill gotten money to like max their garage or something, I think the money will be removed without repercussion. At least I hope so. As I collected one and haven't spent a single dollar since.

I'm ready to get back on GTA Online anyway.
Posted 13:37 on 16 January 2014
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mkn1ght

What about people who got money from people setting massive bounties? (not a king size coconut based chocolate bar)
Posted 13:16 on 16 January 2014

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Release Date: 01/10/2013
Developer: Rockstar
Publisher: Rockstar
Genre: Action
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