Jhonny Perez, who is from Florida in the US is the creator of the Grand Theft Auto Online cheat program named Elusive. Recently Take-Two, the owner of Rockstar and therefore Grand Theft Auto Online won a court case against Perez to the tune of $150,000. Perez also has to pay $70,000 worth of legal fees making a total of $220,000.
That is one hefty price to pay for making a cheat program.
Torrent Freak reported that Elusive was a cheat program which allowed Grand Theft Auto Online players to do practically whatever they wanted in the game. This includes letting them generate unlimited currency.
The cheat program was also up for sale which meant that Perez was making money off of the program. It is not known how much Perez managed to make off the program but it is known how much he was selling access to the cheats for. Prices for the program ranged from $10 to $30, depending on the package that the cheater wanted.
It is also reported that Take-Two tried to reach a settlement with Perez, however he didn’t respond to their settlement offers they saw no other option but to take him to court.
US District Court Judge Kevin Castel wrote this about the case:
Take-Two has been irreparably harmed by Mr. Perez’s infringing conduct and will continue to be harmed unless enjoined
Mr. Perez’s Elusive program creates new features and elements in Grand Theft Auto which can be used to harm legitimate players, causing Take-Two to lose control over its carefully balanced plan for how its video game is designed to be played
Perez also seems to have got off the hook a little bit as it is believed that the fine could have been up to $500,000 – insane!
Do you think that this was fair or do you think he should have been fined an even greater amount? let us know.