Cheat developers are constantly under the radar of Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games. Both companies have previously taken legal action against cheat developers for protecting their games including the very popular Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V).
Last month, they launched an operation against Australian developers, who had released a well-known mod-menu cheat for GTA online, dubbed as “Infamous” cheat. After obtaining court order [PDF] their homes, vehicles, and computers were searched and their assets were seized by the Australian government.
In the operation; authorities targeted five individuals including Christopher Anderson, Cyrus Lesser, Koroush Jeddian, Koroush Anderson, and Sfinktah while two locations in Melbourne were raided and all relevant evidence from the storage devices, computers and anything that was related to the infamous cheat was removed.
According to TorrentFreak, the law firm representing Rockstar and Take-Two is Bird & Bird and the reason why the companies were hell-bent on catching the Australian developers of the cheat was that it allowed players to do every imaginable thing in the game using the cheat. They could access the best vehicles and weapons and enjoy almost all the perks such as making blood guts and erupting fireworks from literally any character model in the game.
The court order was filed last month against the five individuals who were believed to be connected to the Infamous cheat. All of the five developers are prohibited from creating cheats or distributing cheating software apart from getting their digital (PayPal) and cryptocurrency accounts seized. They won’t be able to withdraw anything above modest living expenses.
The Infamous cheat website has remained offline for the past six months before which the developers were charging roughly $40 for Platinum Lifetime Membership.
Both the companies involved in the crackdown against cheat developers are yet to comment on this newest development. The order on the other hand, clearly states what the developers can and cannot do from now onwards:
“You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount).”