Mods have long been a big part of PC gaming; they’re a part of the experience. Something that is highly loved by many a PC gamer. A lesson that Take-Two learned very recently.
In case you missed it (Mainly as we didn’t report it. Our bad), here’s the low-down. Take-Two, publishers of GTAV, recently issued a cease-and-desist to the developers of OpenIV. OpenIV is a software that is used for many of the GTAV mods that are out there. They stated that mods which affected the online mode of GTAV were the real cause of the issue, but all mods powered by OpenIV would be affected.
Rockstar, the developers of GTAV and very public lovers of the game’s modding community, then posted an update on their website and revealed that they had convinced Take-Two not to pursue legal actions against modders. Well, certain modders. The post is available on their site but the general gist is that “generally” Take-Two will not purse legal action against third-party projects that involves Rockstar’s single-player PC games, which are non-commercial and respect the IP. There are some exceptions though:
“This does not apply to (i) multiplayer or online services; (ii) tools, files, libraries, or functions that could be used to impact multiplayer or online services, or (iii) use or importation of other IP (including other Rockstar IP) in the project”.
Since this statement, an update to OpenIV has been released and OpenIV is back up and running. It’s unclear what has been changed to meet the criteria set forward in Rockstar’s statement but we’ll see what happens.
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