Cryptocurrencies and NFTs are officially banned Grand Theft Auto Onlinepopular role-playing (RP) servers. This is in line with the new rules posted on the Rockstar support site last Friday.
In a note, the game’s publisher reveals that its new RP server rules are in line with Rockstar’s existing rules for single-player mods. Both sets of rules prohibit content that uses third party intellectual property, interferes with official multiplayer services, or creates new “games, stories, missions, or maps” to play. This means that RP servers are based on recreating Super Mario Kart in Grand Theft Auto the world, for example, could face Rockstar’s “priority enforcement action.”
But the new RP rules are superior to the existing rules for single player mods when it comes to banning “commercial use”. This is a broad term that, according to Rockstar, includes the sale of loot boxes, virtual currencies, corporate sponsorship, or any integration of cryptocurrencies with “crypto assets (such as NFTs).”
It’s all been done before
The new rules seem to respond directly to The Trenches, a role-playing community launched in September by OTF Gaming and rapper Lil Durk. This server advertised integration with both “endemic and non-endemic brands in the gaming space”, as well as a “Trenches Pass” NFT transition to access certain content on the server.
“We have been asked to cease all Trenches operations,” OTF Gaming said in a statement. in social networks. “We have no choice but to comply with their demands as we intend to do the right thing with Take-Two and Rockstar. We will work with them to find a peaceful solution to this issue.”
Rockstar reportedly forced Lil Durk to shut down his GTA Role Play “Trenches” server‼️😳 pic.twitter.com/eMlJCGVjUi
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If this situation sounds familiar to you, it may be because developer Mojang similarly banned NFT integration from its online servers in July. At that time, mine craftCryptocurrency project NFT Worlds said it hopes to work with Mojang to “find an alternative outcome beneficial to mine craft player base.
However, a few days later, NFT Worlds said it had abandoned this and began work on a new game that would be “based on many of the core mechanics of Minecraft” but that would be “completely unattached to Microsoft and Mojang politics”. mine craft.”
AT mine craftMojang said that the “deficiency and exclusion” inherent in NFTs “is not consistent with mine craft values of creative inclusion and cooperative play. GTA Onlinehowever, a game that earns hundreds of millions of dollars annually by selling in-game currency and exclusive items for players to use.
If anything, things like NFTs and loot boxes can be seen as competition for GTA Onlineofficial monetization efforts. However, when this competition is disabled, Rockstar appears to be keen to allow RP servers to keep running within reasonable limits.
“Rockstar Games has always believed in intelligent fan creativity and wants creators to showcase their passion for our games,” the company wrote. “Third Party Role Playing Servers are an extension of the rich set of features created by the community as part of the Grand Theft Auto which we hope will continue to thrive in a safe and friendly manner for many years to come.”