Just recently Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive sent a cease and desist order to OpenIV group, known for the famous OpenIV GTA Mod Tool, and the group has discontinued the GTA mod tool. Take-Two has faced a lot of backlash from the community and now the company has explained the reason why it banned the mod tool.
Take-Two Interactive told PCGamer the reason behind why it sent the cease and desist order to OpenIV group saying that the popular GTA Mod tool allowed the creation of malicious mods that resulted in player harassment in GTA Online.
Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.
According to OpenIV Group, they can go to the court and prove these allegations wrong but, it will take a lot of time and effort and the group will get nothing out of it. With that in mind, the group has decided to shut down the GTA modding tool.
As Take-Two explains that GTA Online was at risk because of the modding tool, however, this does not make any sense since the mod tool was designed specifically for GTA V’s single-player mode.
Also, this is not the first time something like this has happened as previously Red Dead Redemption V mod for GTA V was canceled. This mod aimed to bring the original RDR to PC. According to the modder, the team was contacted after the trailer for the mod was released.
What do you think of Take-Two’s statement? Was the company right to send a cease and desist order? Let us know in the comments.