Take-Two has won a legal case against GTA cheat distributor David Zipperer.
The publisher claimed that Zipperer’s software has cost the company over $500,000 in a complaint filed in March. By selling programs like Menyoo and Absolute, he enabled GTA Online players the ability to easily harass and grief other players.
Reuters reports that US District Judge Louis Stanton awarded Take-Two a preliminary injunction last Thursday. The Manhattan judge ruled that Zipperer likely caused irreparable harm to its sales and reputation by discouraging players from purchasing its games and content.
Judge Stanton claimed the relatively tame punishment served the public interest, as Zipperer claimed unemployment and would be unable to pay any damages. A statement from Take-Two reaffirmed the company’s commitment to pursuing legal action over multiplayer “disruptions”.
GTA Online continues to be a success for Take-Two, even five years after its initial console launch. Revenue from the game is still exceeding expectations, despite signs of slowdown.