Cheaters are not really liked by game publishers and some of them will go to extreme lengths to put them in their place. Publishers will normally use lawsuits to take them down and the latest result in such a lawsuit sets a new precedent that’s good for the publishers. A GTA Online cheat creator has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages after the lawsuit was decided against him.
A court has ordered that Florida resident Jhonny Perez has to pay $150,000 in damages in addition to $66,869 in attorney fees. He created and shared Elusive, a paid cheating tool for GTA Online which allowed players to have neverending money and other cheats.
This meant an alleged violation of Take-Two Interactive’s copyright and harmed its gameplay balancing. The cheating tool also impacted the company’s in-game purchase model and also made the overall experience bad for other players who were not using cheating tools. This penalty is a default judgment.
Perez already took down Elusive last year after Take-Two reached out to them. He also promised the company that the proceeds made from this tool would be donated to charity. Take-Two asked him for financial records which showed how much money the tool had earned him and after he didn’t respond, the company decided to file for the judgment.