Fed Court Freezes Assets Of Five Melbourne Grand Theft Auto V players, For Cheating
The Melbourne homes of five Grand Theft Auto V players have been raided with the Federal Court freezing the assets of the players who are accused of developing cheat software.
The five people, named as Christopher Anderson, Cyrus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson and Koroush Jeddian, are prevented from creating or using game cheats especially one known as ‘Infamous’.
The action was bought by Rockstar Games the publisher of Grand Theft Auto V who were granted the right to search the homes of the five who were said to be charging $40 to get access to the cheat software which allowed gamers to alter the features and people in the fictional city of Los Santos.
The cheat software went offline six months ago according to Tech news site Motherboard said using the cheat software “undermines enjoying for users playing fairly in online modes”.
Now the five are only allowed to withdraw money for modest living expenses from their frozen accounts.
According to technology news site Torrent Freak, which first reported the story, it is the first time such tactics have been used.
Editor-in-chief Ernesto van der Sar said “The search and freezing order go beyond what I’ve ever seen in any cheating related cases.
“It shows that the copyright holders and the court take this issue rather seriously.”
“Many cheaters may believe that it’s a relatively harmless activity – but they ruin the fun for legitimate players.
“Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive Software are targeting the alleged developers of these cheats, who often sell and profit from their software.”
Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive have refused to comment. A case is due in the Courts early in 2019.