Rockstar Games, creators of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Red Dead Redemption series, has updated its RPG servers and mods policy after years of silence. In the new policy update, Rockstar has prohibited using cryptocurrencies or crypto assets like NFTs, creating new content like games, stories, missions, or maps, generating revenue from sponsorships, and more. While Rockstar recognizes the wide variety of community-created experiences in its titles, Rockstar is removing critical elements from its games. It is reportedly banning users and modders under updated policies.
A Step Back or a Step Forward?
Roleplaying (RP) servers and mods are integral to the game studio’s highly successful titles. Arguably the most successful Rockstar Games title, Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) from 2013, is relevant today because of RPGs. Play and change the culture. Servers like NoPixel, Twitch RP, and Eclipse RP are some of the most popular servers. They make GTA V one of the most streamed and viewed categories on the Amazon-run streaming platform Twitch. Why Rockstar has updated its stance on its game’s modding and roleplaying culture has yet to be determined.
This is particularly troubling given that he has not shared anything significant in over nine years. One thing is for sure, though: the gaming giant is stepping up loot boxes, NFTs, and mod monetization.
This is what Rockstar will prohibit in the future: Misuse of Rockstar Games trademarks or in-game intellectual property Import or misuse of other IP in the project, including other Rockstar IP, real-life brands, characters, trademarks, or music advertising Exploitation, including the sale of “Loot Boxes” for real currency or its in-game equivalent.
Selling virtual currencies, generating revenue through corporate sponsorships or in-game integrations, or using cryptocurrencies or crypto assets (e.g., “NFT”). Creating new games, stories, missions, or maps. Engaging in official online or multiplayer services, including Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.
Considering that modders, designers, and developers have monetized their work through these servers and made more content available for users to play with, the community did not take the news lightly. They shared their concerns about the future of the game. Despite the community’s opinions, well-known modding frameworks, such as FiveM, have modified their Terms of Service to reflect the recent modifications of the revised rules. However, crypto-focused RPG servers still need to explain. NFT-powered GTA V RPG servers like MyMeta and OTF Gaming will be some of the projects reportedly affected.
OTF Gaming was set to release the Trenches All-Access Pass NFT Collection in collaboration with famed hip-hop artist Lil Durk. The collection would reportedly give users access to a custom GTA RP server, loot boxes, new artists, the radio station, and more. However, considering the policy, the gaming collective has halted all operations on its server. The servers will be closed from Sunday until further notice.
Why You Should Care
Rockstars GTAV is undoubtedly one of the most influential games of this era. Despite its release nine years ago, it has remained relevant in gaming. The updated policy and attitude towards cryptocurrencies and NFTs may seem questionable. This is especially true when you consider that Web 3.0 gaming is one of the fastest-growing gaming industries.
Considering Rockstar’s player base, the gaming titan could have taken advantage of secondary sales and royalties on NFT mods. The game studio decided differently.