Rockstar convinces their own publisher to not take legal action against GTA V single-player mods

Over the past week, Take Two has been threatening legal action to third party game modders for making mods for Grand Theft Auto V’s single-player. Thankfully, Take-Two’s legendary GTA studio Rockstar, spoke out about these threats and Take Two has changed their stance on the issue, at least a bit.

Take Two issued this statement:

Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. 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.

This entire situation started a week ago when Take Two issued cease and desist letters to Yuriy “Good-NDS” Krivoruchko, the person behind OpenIV, one of the most popular GTA V modding tools.

Fans of the game, be it players on consoles or PCs, were outraged by Take Two issuing these threats for single player mods. It seems Rockstar, who is Take Two’s marquee studio, was able to talk them out of legal action against OpenIV and single player mods in general it would seem.

This is great news, especially since it took little over a week for Rockstar to change their publisher’s mind on this unpopular, anti-consumer stance.