Rockstar Games, the creator of iconic titles such as the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series and Red Dead Redemption, has updated its policies regarding role-playing servers and mods after years of silence. In the new policy update, Rockstar has banned the use of cryptocurrencies or crypto-assets such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to create new content such as games, stories, missions or maps, generate sponsorship revenue and more. Despite acknowledging the rich array of community-created experiences in its titles, Rockstar is removing critical elements from its games and reportedly banning users and modders under its updated policy.
The new rules are concrete focused on role-playing servers. Think of them as spin-offs from the original GTA 5, made by people who aren’t Rockstar Games, but fans and developers. They expand the gameplay beyond what players can do in the standard game by allowing them to play as normally non-playable characters, such as cops, judges, or taxi drivers.
The company stressed that it still supports these servers despite the new restrictions. It also prohibited the importation or misuse of any other IP in the project, including any other Rockstar IP, real-world brands, characters, trademarks or music; and creating new games, stories, missions or maps.
“Rockstar Games has always believed in reasonable fan creativity and wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. Third-party ‘roleplay’ servers extend the rich array of community-created experiences within Grand Theft Auto that we hope that they will continue to thrive in a safe and friendly manner for years to come,” the company said.
While traditional modding frameworks and modders have accepted the updated policy, cryptocurrency role-playing servers have yet to share a statement. NFT-powered GTA V role-playing servers like MyMeta and OTF gaming will be some of the projects that will reportedly be affected.
OTF Gaming would release the Trenches All-Access Pass NFT collection in collaboration with renowned hip-hop artist Lil Durk. The collection supposedly gives users access to a custom GTA RP server, loot boxes, new artists on the radio station, and more.
However, in light of the policy, the gaming collective has ceased all activity on its server. The servers have been taken offline from Sunday until further notice.