Rockstar banning people who receive illicit money 
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Gavin Mannion
December 18, 2013 at 11:30 am

Rockstar has confirmed, in a posting on their forums, that they have some automated and manual systems constantly checking the online economy of Grand Theft Auto V and if you receive a bunch of illegal money from hackers or cheats then you are likely to get banned.

This has panicked a few people as they are claiming that these cheats are creating this illegal money and anonymously sending it to gamers in an attempt to hide their actions. If a lot of people suddenly become rich it will be harder for Rockstar to track down who is the actual culprit.

The posting itself goes as follows

In response to certain exploits in the game, additional efforts are now in place to add players who clearly cheat to the cheater pool.

This should reduce the amount of reports on the forum of these exploits.

Update:

Question: I heard Rockstar Games was banning players who received large amounts of GTA$ from modders. Is this true?

Answer: To keep the gameplay environment as fair as possible for legitimate players, we routinely do sweeps to separate out cheaters and modders, and to reverse any illegitimate transactions. These sweeps are based on in-game automated detection, examination of suspicious gameplay statistics, and also manually-reviewed evidence submitted by the Community. If you were not engaged in any willful cheating or exploiting yourself, you do not need to worry about getting caught up in our work to separate out cheaters from the rest of the population.

I think the thing to remember here is that Rockstar has absolutely no desire to ban players from their game as the more players in the game the more successful it is. So I would think that they are taking a very careful line in checking that the guilty parties are in fact guilty.

Most of the complaints of innocent people being found guilty do appear a little suspicious but if you find yourself banned and you really haven’t done anything wrong, really, then just head over to the support forums and post your complaint or even just tweet it to @RockstarSupport and they will be able to investigate.

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  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    It was only a matter of time, but the damage has been done, GTA Online’s economy was ruined and in turn it made the game frustrating for the rest of us (the non-cheaters). I might return to GTA Online after new year, but for now Killzone calls.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      An online economy is always fixable. But it requires a bit of work from the devs. So it all depends if Rockstar see it as worthwhile to fix it or not

      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        I believe that this could be achieved if they partner up with Bethesda… All they need to do is create advertising for Vaults and start marketing the Pipboy in game. Then they drop nukes on everything and use that as a start to a Fallout MMO :P

        • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

          lol

  • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

    It’s funny that a game that revolves around illicit activities is banning people for illicit activities :P

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      No honour among thieves.

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      Darn. Beat me to it. I wanted to say the exact same thing hahahaha

    • ToshZA

      The difference is in that the illicit activities done legitimately in game is simulated, but the others are real.

    • sleeplessinva

      I guess when Rockstar doesn’t believe in the concept of dog fooding when it comes to their own product. They may think they made a game that changed “the game”. In the end, when the players “changes the game” Rockstar get all butt hurt.

    • AnOnYmOuS

      lol true that

    • JamesO4E

      Rockstar is supposed to be this company that is really anti-government as is shown in their games, but they seem to be acting a lot like the government they are supposedly against.

    • Matthew Gargan

      THIS IS IRONIC…

  • LAblak22

    They need to work on those DAMN tank grievers.

    • Matthew Gargan

      atleast give us a rocket launcher to defend against them lvl 70’s+ bloody tank rapers D:

    • Matthew Gargan

      The sticky bombs are useless as u need like more than 4 to KILL it!

      • LAblak22

        I actually found enabling passive mode and simply going right up to them and pulling the a-holes out the tank works.

        • http://www.hypertiz/deviantart.com Matthew James Gargan

          oh you mean banning them though bad sport? oh yes.

  • David Bulinski

    Rockstar if full of it. I have 5 friends that have been banned and they were absolutely victims of some modder randomly placing billion dollar bounties on them. Now one of them has had his character deleted and all his funds removed, including all his “legit” money, and the other 4 are in a cheater lobby for 9 months and all funds deleted. How is that fair? That and customer support is not supportive at all for anyone “caught up” in these sweeps unjustly. This debacle is Rockstars fault for putting out a game mired with glitches and unprotected from jtag users. You think they would have learned their lesson from all the rampant modding in GTA IV, but apparently not. According to a friend of mine in the UK there was a news article yesterday that put the number of banned players at 5.3 million worldwide, and that 500,000 copies of GTA V have been traded in to UK game stores in the past 24 hours. Friends of mine all across the US have called into their local GameStop and all of them have seen a surge of GTA V trade ins. Looks like Rockstar might have just killed their own game.

    • ToshZA

      Rockstar didn’t kill it, stupid people who cheat and hack did. Rockstar are reacting to total douchebags who ruin the game for everyone else. I’m sorry, but people need to stop being assholes, and start considering other people BEFORE THEY CHEAT. Their cheating is what’s ruining it, not Rockstar.

      Get your story straight as well, “I heard from a friend in the UK that he read some obscure something somewhere on the internet” is NOT a valid argument. Be very, very careful, and ALWAYS quadruple check from multiple, reliable sources when you read something on the internet.

      • David Bulinski

        Rockstar is killing its own customer base by mass banning victims of these modders. I never condoned cheating or modding in my statement. As far as the source of the article, I have no reason to doubt my friend whatsoever. He stated the article was from the BBC and was even posted in video to the Xbox Live UK dashboard, not “from the internet. If you quote someone make sure they actually stated what you are trying to quote. Dont think I didnt notice how you completely ignored the points I made about unfair and excessive punishment of victims, as well as GameStops across the US having a surge of GTA V trade ins. My story IS straight, just because you choose not to believe it is your issue.

      • Willem Swanepoel

        So you are telling me, I should not believe LG and find out more about their articles and do more research ? :)

        • ToshZA

          They’ve been wrong before, so yeah. I think the main difference is that LG admits when they’re wrong, whereas BBC won’t.

      • ralphie

        i better not get banned for receiving the half billion i got. i didnt ask for it, and cant get rid of it. i dont even know who gave it to me. so think about those whove been caught up in this, those innocent ones, before just assuming.

        • ToshZA

          Yeah, if you actually read what Rockstar said, they’re making an effort to NOT ban you lot who are innocent. If you are banned, give them a shout on their customer service. That’s what it’s there for…

        • Matthew Gargan

          i recieved 1.3 bill from 6 hackers.. i HATE it! I posted a request where you can ACCEPT OR REJECT HACKER MONEY UPON BEING SHARED……. ROCKSTAR DO THIS NOW!

        • Kittykat

          You know who gave it to you!! You can clearly see their gamer tag in bank transaction log.

      • http://www.hypertiz/deviantart.com Matthew James Gargan

        They use DNS Hacks,

        What do they gain from being banned?

        Short satisfaction? Then banned?

        I hope they enjoy it.

    • Yeezy203

      Well…happy I heard that I guess it’s shopping spree time if I’m gonna get banned anyways…and if I do get banned then I’m basically finished with gta anyways beat everything in the game so back to game stop it will go

    • Zack Grutza

      all rockstar cares for is ppl spending real life money on shark cards..they dotn give a flyign fuck abotu its customers now

      • Ryan Eyanosa Rector

        Could not agree more because otherwise there wouldn’t be invisible people or the ones in the garage waiting to shoot you…… But hey I guess since its not hurting rock stars pockets they must not be cheaters and therefore no system needs to be in place to catch them like the one they admitted to having that basically just reports or bans you if you have too much gta$ but not enough real money submitted to them, which of course is not at all unfair whereas somehow if u don’t pay rock star THEN you are a cheater whose imbalancing the game……….their logic is so far up their own ass I can’t even begin to think how their offices smell. (nd I know there was no punctuation…….I ranted as a reply “comment” lol)

  • http://www.sovideogaming.com/ SteveO GameO

    better watch your self

  • Evan

    This is paid positive publicity to cover Rockstars ass.

    They are banning innocent players, quit trying to hide it, take down the wall.

  • Peter L

    I got 103million dollars from a random dude in GTAV. guess its banning time. ridiculous.

    • robert reyes

      I got lots of money to from a modder just waiting for my turn too get banned to ill see you in the cheaters pool lol#RockstarSucks. Haha just waiting for the game watchdogs to leave gta online rockstar is actually ruining the game more than the glitchers are

    • Anonymous gamer

      got given 7,2 billion rockstar if your reading this don’t ban me I’m Paeste on Xbox 360 and my friends cruuise and DownLikeTheJive we all got given billions

    • Jack M

      Just reading this I got 2 billion dollars from going into a server this going to suck

  • rocco

    I run a fb fan page abd I have been bombarded with fans asking how to get out of cheaters pool. most of them are claiming random tranactions as the culprit.

    honestly I think a accept button is needed.

    • roberto reyes

      Well thought go tell rockstar as there ideas are stupid lol you should try and work at rockstar since these guys there are probably a bunch of morons who dont even own a playstation or xbox

  • FondleMyNades

    Bullshit, people are not responsible for the actions of other hackers. This article is shit and makes no fucking sense rockstar doesn’t have a right to ban people if they didnt do anything wrong

    • i

      i just jumped online an someone gave me eighty mil am i going to get banned for that

  • Pissed off gamer

    Got 50 million dollars from a random hacker last night and now I have to worry about getting banned. The hackers are the real assholes here but what rockstars doing isn’t right either. Why are we getting punished for what other people are doing? And another thing, maybe if it wasn’t so hard to make money or if we had access to HEISTS already then we wouldn’t be in this situation right now. Fuck you and your capture the flag bs R* give us the fucking heists already its been fucking 3 months wtf is going on? And as far as the bans go, maybe you shouldn’t have released a game that can be so easily accessed by hackers. Banning players isn’t going to stop hackers you need to revamp the economic structure of gta and prevent this from happening again.

    P.s this isn’t the first time hackers have almost completely ruined an online experience (red dead redemption) get your shit together R* before you ruin this game more than any hacker could.

    • Jason

      Im with you on that statement

  • GeoQuin4

    They’re not taking careful enough action regarding who they’re banning. The people receiving the money do not have a choice in the matter, such as myself. And to keep reporting those doing it is nearly impossible, they’re often in the room and gone right away, or there are just so many that I’d spend the whole night reporting instead of playing, which is just ridiculous. And not only taking the money that was given, but taking the money earned as well is going too far! I ground those missions out, I’ve invested long hours into building my characters and bank account. They need to fix this and fast.

    • Radiation Rebel

      Man I so agree with your statement 100%. I was one of the players who just received 200 million, came out of no where while I was playing the game. I did not ask for the money, I am not a cheater. I had no choice. I worked hard on my character and I work hard on completing missions. None of this is fair to us innocent players.

      • George

        Same with me, not even an hour ago someone gave me 350 million, and I don’t fancy getting banned for someone else’s actions

  • Josh

    Yeah…wouldn’t want to ruin the nonexistent economy hahaha. What’s the issue? If you’re so concerned with playing fairly, then why are you concerned if people are cheating? It’s GTA for chrissake, and I hardly have issues with low levels trolling or anything (with glitches tanks and what not).

    The blame could largely be pointed at rockstar. No heists and laughable money payouts, along with a host of issues that one would expect would have been integrated before it was released. People are obviously going to exploit, not everyone wants nor has the time to grind out, many just want to have money and enjoy all the expensive things. Quit your whining.

    • Yeezy203

      I think hackers are getting back at rockstar for lowering payouts with that last update smh

      • HonestJohnnis

        Absolutely.

  • lilrick

    I have 2 psn accounts 1 is in the cheater pool. I recived a total of 650mill from capturing bountys. Ive been in the pool for 2 days now. It says I have 2hrs left. Anyway I niw have 3.9billion! Wtf!? I guess ill be sent back to this pool shortly after my release. Lol. Now my other account has 2.7billion from capturing bountys and players sharing their money. I guess its just a matter of time before that account is sent to cheatrs pool.

  • Legit GTA V playa

    *grabs popcorn…hours of entertainment… %-}

  • FaceKickerGuy

    I am doomed to the Cheaters server because someone gave me a billion bucks, all i DID WAS PLAY THE GAME AND SOMEONE HACKED THE GAME AND SENT ME MONEY I DID NOT ASK FOR NOW I AM STUCK ON A CHEATERS SERVER FOR 9 MONTHS AND 27 DAYS

  • Destiny

    it sucks because i was involuntarily given money like..is something going to happen to me because i have that money? someone just kept putting 60 mill in our accounts every like 5 minutes. im not the one who cheated! and it is so annoying now everyone is riding around with tanks i cant even get out of my apartment without getting blown up -_- sucks

  • Sandsol

    You want to know why they have the cheaters pool and are banning players. It has nothing to do with the fact that its morally wrong in the game, but because Rockstar is losing potential customers with all this modded money. Why spend 20 dollars on 1 million in game dollar(which doesn’t get you very far) when you can just cheat and have billions. I believe i can speak that most people wold probably prefer there was no money involved in the games and you acquire your stuff based on rank. The cheaters are not making this game worse its rockstar trying to make a few more bucks.

  • Aaron

    This whole cheater pool is bullshit!!!!!????

  • CDave

    My friends and I were given a few million dollars the other day by some random guy. I sure hope nothing happens to us because some hacker threw around money and R* does not properly solve the issue and just bans whoever has X amount of money. This game could be so much fun, but there is just too much bullshit going on.

  • Andy Dowd

    Rowdit 420 is my handle ps3, i recieved 32,800,000 from someone i only had bout 500,000, thought it was a gift for doin job w filipinokid. Thought it was nice. Tried to share w a friend found this sit to figure out how. HEY ROCKSTAR! take the money back, take the cars back take the apartment, i dont want dirty money! Dont ban me!

  • Legit GTA V playa

    Innocent Peeps who are getting banned: Just read the last paragraph to the actual discussion above and they tell u how to get help if u are a victim of Cockstar sexual abuse…or if ur lazy u could just read what I copy and paste below… ;-)

    “if you find yourself banned and you really haven’t done anything wrong, really, then just head over to the support forums and post your complaint or even just tweet it to @RockstarSupport and they will be able to investigate.”

  • Kyle Morgan

    I want some free money! Ive done everything in the game already might as well ball out before I retire gta for something else! ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET RID OF THEIR DIRTY MONEY GIVE IT TO ME LOL SERIOUSLY

  • Joseph Galvan

    You guys really care about “innocent players” “cheaters” and other bull like that? You guys shouldn’t be playing GTA then because that’s what this game is supposed to be about but Rockstar made this game no fun by making everyone depend on money just like in real life. No one would have been banned for doing these glitches and cheats if Rockstar would have put the unlimited money, armor and health glitch like all the other GTA’s. That’s why I think San Andreas is and always will be the greatest game of all time.

  • BESTOFSLIPKNOT

    My gamer tag is BESTOFSLIPKNOT and I was playing normally and killed this guy who killed me. Then out of nowhere 66 million dollars appeared in my pocket. I was surprised and like any other player I banked it. Will I still be banned. I did nothing wrong but play the game.

  • Jay

    I can understand getting angry at Rockstar for all the shit that they haven’t been able to fix, and their action toward innocent players, but these glitchers are finally pissing me off. I don’t care if someone decides to glitch, even if it’s something that I don’t do, as long as it doesn’t affect me. If someone who glitches millions of dollars decides to grief players who play normally, thats just kinda shitty. The shittiest of them all are the glitchers that accroding to this article, have began to distribute money everywhere to throw Rockstar off their scent. They are essentially dragging unwilling ppl into their problems, which is really fucked up. Man up and take responsibility for your shit

  • Lord

    Every update it gets worse and worse. At first the bati bike glitch, then the super cars glitch, later every fucking car could be sold to LSC by just changing the character really fast, and NOW Hackers can give infinite amount of money to whoever they want. Whats gonna happen later? Are hackers now gonna control GTA online? Fuck this shit

    • Matthew Gargan

      good point…. SHIT well hope PS4 and Watch DOgs will be cheap in Australia 2014 Mid -End and Minecraft :(

  • Flippy

    Hopefully they just take my fucking money, I just ended my work season and would like to play with friends online. Plus heist are finally going to be added, I can just do that with friends and become legit millionaires.

  • Whoami

    Lmfao! Is it even legal to ban millions who paid out for a game a few months ago that was released incomplete? I don’t know any other industry that would get away with making millions selling faulty goods and for the inclusion of cash cards it shows the direction rs are going in. I’ve had large sums dropped on me four times now and really don’t understand the whiners,more money to spend on the cash cards than sense maybe, oh and by the way, it’s a fucking game.

  • The xbox gamer

    I was trying to enjoy online with other randoms, however I spawned in and within about 10 minutes hackers and cheaters had gave me over one billion dollars? I now sit with 1.2 billion and i didn’t intend to receive this sum of cash. Does anyone know if I will be banned, because it was not my intention to get this amount of money????

  • H3ALTHinSPECTOR

    If you want to take out a modder and make him rage pull out an rpg and blow him up. When on the floor the modder is vulnerable. You must then pull out your knife and keep stabbing him till he leaves the game, I have done this to multiple modders now and has worked every time. WARNING: In attempt to bribe you to stop they will send you cash.

  • My name is I can’t tell u not

    Each time I try to join an gta v online session it always says
    ALERT:TIMED OUT OF LOADING SESSION PLEASE TRY AGIAN LATER
    I waited for 2hours it still don’t work I reseted my wifi and still didn’t work I’ve been modding with th new dns glitch and been helping peaple buy things but I didn’t get banned I can talk to peaple online but can’t play with them online on gta v please help me

  • http://oddfuture.com/ zvmbie_rocky

    wtf? im getting banned for spending money i cant give away? thats utter bullshit

  • neily from Campbeltown

    I have been playing solidly since the game was released, doing missions , earning cash, selling cars, collecting bounties. Just plodding on to earn money and suddenly I am given 100, 000 by some modder . Why should I be punished because of some idiot.. Went online on Christmas day for a while and saw a new guy with a rank of 4 in a tank He had 351 million that I’m pretty sure he never earned the hard way like I did..The game is ruined now.Why play hard missions for 10,000 when they can collect a bounty of over 200.000.000 It’s a shame it’s ruined now ..

  • UnusedEmbryo

    The hackers have ruined the economy R*. Dump the cash cards and just charge ppl for every little bit of dlc you come out with, instead of giving it away. You can pump money into the company that way because eveyone will buy it. A banned gamer wont though.

  • Hello

    I revived money because I was asking for it, I knew they gunna patch it but, I never would’ve thought they are banning people. Now I’m acting like I’m on the run, trying to avoid rockstar to ban me for something that ANY gta online player would’ve done if they didn’t have money and worked their ass of off doing jobs.

  • Jay Gotti

    Really.. As someone stated before, if Rockstar had make prices that fluctuated and had made making money easier, this wouldn’t be suck a f*cking problem. They are pretty much being hypocrites. All the hackers are doing is what we spent the entire story mode doing: Robbing Banks and Making Illegal money. I don’t think people have realized but some hackers are risking their accounts by trying to make the game fair again. I for one along with many of my friends have put our accounts on the line by making money (NOT FOR OURSELVES) but to give the players that can’t really buy anything a chance to get something they can enjoy. So yeah for those hackers being douchebags and trying to RULE THE WORLD, fuck you because now us “Robin Hood Modders” are trying to re-balance things.

  • ThatNJGuy

    lies lies lies. why do these retarded game site only spread half truth and mostly lies in their articles? rockstar has stated they will not ban people who receive the money, just the people who have been giving it out. the money will be adjusted come next patch. probably roll everyone back right before the first portion of modded money was given out. I honestly don’t care, because once watch dogs comes out, gta 5 will collect dust.

  • I got screwed by rockstar

    Screw rockstar, I got my money from billion dollar bounties. I didn’t cheat, yet they still took my money away.

    • Rockstar fucked me

      Rockstar sucks ass

  • Rockstar fucked me

    Fuck rockstar, I want my god damn money back. I earned it

  • Rockstar fucked me

    Rockstar stole my money. They fucking suck.

    • Rockstar fucked me

      Rockstar should give everyone their money back

  • Rockstar fucked me

    Fuck you rockstar, I hope you and your families burn in hell

  • marquan williams

    I dont understand how people are mad cause modders on the game , how is it effecting your life ? Like seriously .. Its just a game , ‘I dont think its fair’ life isn’t fair itself get over it … Now its only one thing i disagree with modding and thats god mode but its watever .. This is a game its not gonna ruin your life at least some ppl act like it do smh

    • Rockstar Fucked Me in the Arse

      Rockstar needs to give everyone there money back. The only real problem is the people who hack to level up. The people who complain about people having tanks are retarded. Just by one yourself with the money you “wish you could get rid of”. Stupid dumbasses run rockstar I swear

  • Michael Reilly

    MY FREIND GOT BANNED FOR NO REASON!!! he used to be a hacker, and he gave me money, but rockstar got rid of it and i was fine with that. BUT THEN 2 DAYS AGO A HACKER GAVE MY FRIEND AN IMPOSSIBLE AMOUNT OF MONEY, AND HE WAS BANED!!! WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU ROCKSTAR!!? GIVE MY FRIEND HIS GTA ONLINE ACCOUNT BACK!!! HIS GAMERTAG IS YANKEES1997 CMON PEOPLE SUPPORT HIM!!! BAN THE GUY WHO GAVE HIM THE MONEY!!

  • collin g

    I just got banned for nothing. why? just randomly, and I have never cheated

  • Fellows9431

    I used to love Rockstar, but now I’ve lost all respect for them. Why would you punish people who are just trying to get past the lack of a real way to get an effective amount of cash to really be able to enjoy the game? Rockstar screwed up by releasing a game before it was really finished, then still took a couple weeks to release online, which was even worse, and still leave out all of the money making aspects aside from some jobs than might give you a half decent amount of cash on the first run, THEN THEY CUT THAT IN HALF! Rockstar is taking thier time with the heists and stock market because that forces people without the time to grind for hours on end to buy thier shark cards with our hard earned money in real life. Anyone notice how soon after releasing shark cards they added the 3.5 million card? Its all been slowed to a crawl to make even more money for themselves, and anyone who gets passed thier little game gets called a cheater and banned. I say let the modders mod until they get the heists and stock market up and running.

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