It’s been a busy week at the Take-Two legal department following the cease and desist letter to OpenIV and now the GTA Online cheating tool called Force Hax.
While there is debate as to whether OpenIV should have been forced to cease operations, the case against Force Hax is solid. The tool allowed players to pay a fee to use their cheating and harassment services in GTA Online. In an unusual move, Take-Two has convinced the developers of the tool to not only apologise but make a donation to charity. The statement on the Force Hax website reads:
“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, effective immediately we are ceasing all maintenance, development and distribution of the Force Hax cheat menu services. We will be donating our proceeds to charity and we apologize for any and all problems Force Hax services have caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community.”
There’s no doubt that Force Hax needed to go and this is an action most players will approve of. On the other hand, the petition to save OpenIV which is single player modding tool has now reached 36,000 signatures.
The vast majority of community created petitions fail to convince a developer or publisher to change their mind and OpenIV is likely to remain banned.