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GTA5 modders who made their own multiplayer banned by Rockstar


UPDATE 11/8/15 5.32pm: Rockstar has offered the following explanation as to why it’s banned the folks behind the FiveM mod (via Kotaku):

“The FiveM project is an unauthorised alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy. 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.”

UPDATE 11/8/15 8.45am: FiveM’s use of the Rockstar Social Club login does not guarantee ownership of the game, Eurogamer has been told by a user familiar with the mod.

Instead, the hookup to Rockstar’s service was included as part of the mod’s identification system, used to determine unique players on FiveM’s dedicated servers.

But even without a user check, why did Rockstar ban those behind it? The developer has yet to comment.

ORIGINAL STORY 11/8/15 8.45am: A group of Grand Theft Auto 5 modders have been banned from the game after creating their own multiplayer service.

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FiveM, a multiplayer mod for GTA5’s single-player.

The account suspensions come despite the group’s attempt to comply with Rockstar’s rules, which state modding of the developer’s official GTA Online mode will face the banhammer.

So modder NTAuthority made his own multiplayer service away from GTA Online, in order to tinker around safely. Alas, Rockstar’s banhammer has struck down him and other users anyway.

The mod project, named FiveM, has been active now for several months. It allows users to play GTA5 with custom multiplayer modes and separate servers from Rockstar’s own. It also allows users to produce map mods.

FiveM has been used to bring basic versions of the maps from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and GTA: London into the GTA5 engine, for example.

Its users insist it does not mess with the official GTA Online at all, and so it should be exempt from any action by Rockstar itself.

The GTA developer has previously set down its own rules for PC mods. Simply put, if you are only altering the game’s single-player mode then you are fine. Mess with GTA Online at all and you risk your account being suspended.

“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community,” Rockstar explained earlier this year. “To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTA4.

“You should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing.”