Developer Rockstar is cracking down on Grand Theft Auto Online cheaters. Namely, if you’ve accrued your wealth through illegitimate means, then you could expect to see a very large hole in your digital wallet the next time you log in.
As Kotaku reports, Rockstar has called today the “GTA Online October 2016 Illegitimately Gained In-Game Money Removal.” The developer gave a brief rundown of what’s been going on.
Question: Why did I receive an alert when logging into GTA Online saying that illegitimately gained in-game money was removed from my shared bank?
Answer: To keep the gameplay environment fair we have removed illegitimately gained in-game money from player accounts. If you received an alert saying that your shared bank balance was adjusted, that is because you had illegitimate funds in your account.
The statement goes on, adding that any money obtained through microtransactions wouldn’t be affected. In addition, suspension and ban policies have become a lot more stringent, moving from a three-strike system to two.
“Suspensions from GTA Online due to [cheating] may be temporary suspensions or permanent bans depending on the severity of the infraction,” reads the post “If you receive a temporary suspension from GTA Online, the next infraction will result in a permanent ban.”
This news follows on from a Halloween update to the open-world crime game, bringing with it a new bike and mode. In addition, by logging in you’ll receive a cool $250,000 of in-game money.