Latest in Gaming

Image credit: GTA V

Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders

The publisher explained when it "generally will not" sue mod creators.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
06.23.17 in Art
890 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

GTA V

Earlier this month, Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two angered the PC gaming community after sending a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allowed people to create modifications for GTA IV and GTA V single player, but according to its creators, the letter said their tool could "allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights." Facing the threat of legal action, they announced on June 14th that they would stop distributing OpenIV.

Now, after revolt by players including a campaign of bad ratings for the GTA games on Steam and a Change.org petition with over 77,000 signatures, Rockstar Games may have worked out a solution. A post on its support forum today said that Take Two has agreed that it will "generally" not take legal action against third party projects as long as they meet certain guidelines.

After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar's PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties. 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.

While it went out of its way to say that this is not a waiver, and "is not a license, and it does not constitute endorsement, approval, or authorization," it may be enough for modders to breathe easy. Rockstar representatives have told PC Gamer and Motherboard that it is in contact with the makers of OpenIV, apparently to try to prevent people from using it to affect the GTA Online multiplayer. There's no word from the team yet, but today the tool received an updated build.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
890 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

What's coming to Netflix in November: 'The Irishman' and 'Queer Eye'

What's coming to Netflix in November: 'The Irishman' and 'Queer Eye'

View
Google’s new apps are about reining in screen time

Google’s new apps are about reining in screen time

View
CNN is prepping an online news aggregator to counter tech giants

CNN is prepping an online news aggregator to counter tech giants

View
Mitsubishi shows off an oddball hybrid buggy prototype

Mitsubishi shows off an oddball hybrid buggy prototype

View
Watch the first teaser for Netflix's CG 'Ghost in the Shell' series

Watch the first teaser for Netflix's CG 'Ghost in the Shell' series

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr