It was reported recently that Rockstar had banned a group of Grand Theft Auto 5 players who created their own multiplayer service for the title. The group involved with the project feels that they have been wrongly banned since the project doesn’t violate rules. Well Rockstar has issued a full statement today that explains its decision to the world.
The project in question is called FiveM and it has been active for a few months now. It allows players to take advantage of custom multiplayer modes and separate servers on FiveM and even use map mods. FiveM was also used to bring in basic versions of maps from GTA: London and GTA: Vice City in the Grand Theft Auto 5 engine. But it does not mess with GTA online. So they believe they violated no rules.
In fact they believe that banning them goes against Rockstar’s own rules, they believe that it should be exempt from action since it’s completely independent of GTA Online.
Rockstar sees thing differently. Rockstar says that FiveM is an “unauthorized multiplayer service” which contains code that’s designed to facilitate piracy. It also adds that its policy on violations of terms of service is clear and that’s why individuals that were behind the creation of this project have had their Social Club accounts suspended.
One thing is clear. Rockstar believes that it is not up for debate. It is an interesting conundrum, but Rockstar has the power and so, for now at least, is the winner.