Some of the folks who've been playing Grand Theft Auto Online have been using an exploit to generate ridiculous sums of cash from in-game missions. Many say that it's ruined the multiplayer portion of the best-selling title. Now, Rockstar says that, as part of the maintenance period announced yesterday, they'll be sucking that ill-gotten money out of the GTA Online economy and punishing players guilty of breaking the rules.
The money hacking in virtual Los Santos has caused an epidemic of weaponized gifting, where players were essentially assaulting each other with giant gobs of unasked-for money. According to what affected players have said, having eleventy billion dollars in your GTA bank account isn't quite the magical happening it may seem like, since that cash can seen as a flag for GTA Online moderators looking for cheaters to ban. Rockstar's comments today make it seem like reprisals are about to start coming down:
We will continue to issue title updates on an ongoing basis to counter the negative impact this has had on gameplay, and as part of today's maintenance period, we are removing the counterfeit GTA$ from the game's economy. Anyone who innocently received GTA$ as a result of these exploits but did not engage in cheating to acquire it will not face any further action - the funds will just be removed, and you'll be able to keep any items you currently own.
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.
Innocents victims are likely happy to hear about incoming fixes and that they'll be able to keep their in-game property. Situations like this tend to become a cat-and-mouse chase between those who want to cheat and the people trying to shut them down. Mass exploitations generally don't get solved all at once so don't expect that GTA V's online portion will all of a sudden be populated only by rules-abiding players.