Popular GTA V Modding Tool OpenIV Shuts Down- Banned by Take-Two Interactive
OpenIV, the modding tool that has helped in developing several mods for Games like GTA IV, GTA V and Max payne 3 has shut down it’s services today and will no longer be available for modding. According to the developer of OpenIV, due to the cease and desist of Take-Two Interactive, they have made the decision of shutting down the services of OpenIV. The Developer tweeted
— GooD-NTS (@goodnts) June 14, 2017
The ten year old modding tool has shut down finally and the entire gaming community exploded suddenly. It is because of this tool, we enjoyed playing as a spiderman in the openworld of GTA V. There are also several other mods that have turned the Game into a customizable Open world. According to the offical statement made at Gtaforums, this is what actually happened.
1 – At May 19th, 2017, I received an email from the legal counsel for Take Two Interactive in the USA. In this email they has requested to stop immediately any further work and/or distribution of OpenIV and “Liberty City in GTAV” projects.
2 – In belief, that we did not violate any laws, I asked them to provide more detailed information about their request. They agreed to provide details by email.
3 – On June 5th, 2017, after two weeks of silence, I got C&D letter from lawyers company (legal representative of Take Two in Russia), both in electronic and paper form, to my employer address. This C&D accuses me in Russian laws violations.
4 – After many heavy thoughts, we had decided to agree with their claims. We did not make it easily; it is very hard decision for us.
Rockstar has made this stament to PC Gamer regarding this issue. They said
Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.
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