Cheating in Grand Theft Auto Online will not be tolerated, developer Rockstar has warned.
Furthermore, those found guilty of deliberately cheating the system face a possible ban from the game.
The assertions come following issues concerning the creation and sharing of what it describes as “game-breaking” amounts of in-game currency that is making the experience unbalanced for some players.
“In recent weeks, a small number of Grand Theft Auto Online players sought to exploit the game by generating and distributing game-breaking amounts of in-game cash, disrupting the experience for other players,” Rockstar stated.
“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 that 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.”