Is Rockstar going to ban Mod Fivem GTA RP?
GTA RP mods have been incredibly popular over the past few years, but Rockstar Games was silent on them until recently. Rockstar Games’ new take on this popular concept is incredibly important since their parent company, Take-Two Interactive, has been notorious for taking down popular fan mods.
Fortunately for gamers worldwide, Rockstar Games supports modders in their creative ventures. In fact, their current position on this subject will align with how they currently view single-player mods on PC.
Rockstar Games will ban GTA RP servers that do not who do not follow the rules
We have updated our policy on mods to cover roleplay (RP) servers: https://t.co/wvgjYsxTqn
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) November 18, 2022
The relevant quote from the embed in the above tweet is:
“As such, Take-Two’s legal enforcement policy will be aligned with our current PC Single-Player mods policy, with priority in enforcement actions focused on: (i) misuse of Rockstar Games trademarks or game intellectual property (IP); (ii) importation or misuse of other IP in the project, including other Rockstar IP, real-world brands, characters, trademarks or music; (iii) commercial exploitation, including the sale of “loot boxes” for real-world currency or its in-game equivalent, the sale of virtual currencies, generating revenue via corporate sponsorships or in-game integrations, or the use of cryptocurrencies or crypto assets (e.g. “NFTs”); (iv) making new games, stories, missions, or maps; or (vii) interfering with our official multiplayer or online services, including Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.”
On November 18, 2022, Rockstar Games shared a tweet from its customer service account Rockstar Support stating that the company has updated its policies on GTA 5’s single-player mods, including RP servers. The post included a link to a support page explaining the policy changes.
The statement contains five tactical points on which the gaming company intends to take immediate action. They are as follows:
- Misuse of Rockstar Games trademarks or in-game intellectual property,
- Importation or exploitation of other intellectual property in the project, including other Rockstar IP, real-world brands, characters, trademarks, or music,
- Commercial exploitation, such as selling “loot boxes” for real-world currency or its in-game equivalent like GTA$, selling virtual currencies, generating revenue through corporate sponsorships or in-game integrations, or using cryptocurrencies or crypto assets such as Non-fungible Tokens (NFT),
- Developing new games, stories, missions, and maps, and
- Interfering with Rockstar’s official multiplayer or online services, such as Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.
Considering the preceding statements, Take-Two Interactive indicates that it will only take action against servers involved in unapproved or unregulated transactions and deals.
Many GTA RP players have recently reported that certain servers are involved in trading NFTs, Cryptocurrencies, and other transactions that Rockstar Games did not approve. As a means of protecting its IP policies, Rockstar took a dominant stance against violators.
GTA RP servers are unofficial but Rockstar-approved gameplay modes that can only be accessed through modded servers. Although the gaming company accepts no responsibility for what occurs within the modded gameplay, it has complete ownership of the in-game elements and has asserted its authority through the statement.
Is Rockstar going to ban Mod Fivem GTA RP?
What caused Rockstar Games to reform its policies?
Context: Lil Durk partnered with Exceed Talent Capital almost a month ago to offer an “IPO” for his music.
Exceed will release a “Trenches All-Access Pass” which is an NFT with exclusive access to a custom GTA RP server. The NFT includes a Loot Box.
So Take-Two is making moves. https://t.co/39Q3lVGHnt
— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) November 18, 2022
On November 18, 2022, popular game data miner Tez2 tweeted an explanation for Rockstar’s policy update. They claimed that rapper Lil Durk collaborated with Exceed Talent Capital Ltd. to launch an “IPO” for his music.
The company then intended to launch an NFT on a GTA RP server with a Loot Box. Since the entire transaction is taking place on Rockstar’s intellectual property, the developers took action prior to these instances.