A Florida man must pay a large sum to Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive after developing and selling a program used to create in-game money in Grand Theft Auto Online.
The man, Jhonny Perez, allegedly sold the program online for between $10 to $30, but now must pay Take-Two $150,000 in legal damages and more than $65,000 in attorney’s fees.
Perez did not attend his day in court and had reportedly been responding to Take-Two’s communications with silence.
The specific cheat Perez developed is called Elusive, and Take-Two said it leads to a loss of up to $500,000 for the company. The court’s findings, however, stated the harms the program caused are unable to be quantified and “Take-Two has no way of knowing how much revenue it has lost and will continue to lose as a result of Mr. Perez’s Infringing Program.”
The court also ordered Perez not to create any more derivative works based upon Take-Two’s video games or any computer programs that alter the company’s games.
This wasn't the first time a cheater has been taken to court for their actions. Epic Games has sued multiple people, including a 14-year-old boy in 2017 who allegedly posted a guide for Fortnite cheaters on Youtube and contested Epic’s DMCA takedown notice.