Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive have been targeting GTA Online cheat makers for a while now. After an intense legal battle with the creator of the OpenIV modding tool last year, the GTA V developers have set their sights on the person behind the GTA Online cheat tool called “Elusive”. As reported by TorrentFreak, Take-Two has sued the alleged creator of Elusive on the basis of copyright infringement, and requests $150,000 in damages.
The past two years have seen a surge in the amount of copyright infringement lawsuits from large companies, like Nintendo and Take-Two. Jhonny Perez, the creator of the ‘Elusive’, was sued earlier this year in August for developing and distributing the GTA Online cheating software.
“In essence, Defendant is free riding on TakeTwo’s intellectual property to sell a commercial product that interferes with the carefully orchestrated and balanced gameplay that Take-Two created for its players,” states Take-Two in the court filing.
Elusive is essentially a mod menu style cheating software which sold for about $10 to $30. It is believed that Perez was making a profit off Take-Two’s property, and while the exact number is unknown, the company estimates the harm is approximately $500,000.
Earlier this week, Take-Two filed the motion for default judgment to a New York federal court, requesting a $150,000 compensation, the maximum statutory damages in copyright infringement cases, and an additional additional $69,686 in lawyer fees.
This isn’t the first time Take-Two has gone head to head with cheat makers. Roughly two months ago, the company demanded tens of thousands of dollars from a ‘lying cheat maker’, who allegedly profited over $100,000 by making cheat tools.