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GTA V update removes money, causes anger

Earlier on this week we told you that Rockstar had closed down the GTA V Online servers, in a surprise bout of maintenance that lasted over 15 hours. Now, we can confirm that GTA V Online is playable again, but it looks like the GTA V unlimited money that you have been living off for the last few weeks has all but disappeared.

We knew that Rockstar were planning to take action after shutting the online mode down completely and now we know what it is. The developer has finally taken action against those using GTA V DNS servers and those who have hosted GTA V money lobbies.

If you have been given money in GTA V online without asking for it, you should be logging into your game today and find out that Rockstar has now removed this money. Any items, property or vehicles that you have bought using the dirty money though, should still be with your account.

While most of you will be happy to part with this money, we’ve been getting a lot of feedback from you telling us that Rockstar has also been removing money that you earned yourself – thus making a lot of players unhappy again at the moment.

For those that have been exposed as a ‘hacker or exploiter’, Rockstar has warned that these players will be dealt with via ‘in-game punishments’ or in the worst case, players could also receive permanent bans from GTA V Online altogether.

You can read through the whole thing from Rockstar’s statement here. Let us know if Rockstar has removed money from your account over the last few hours.

Did you earn this money legitimately, or was it handed to you by other means?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Davis
Davis

I personally speaking did hack the game but not for online purposes. I hacked the game to create false money offline as Trevor, Michael, and Franklin but I also earned some of the money on my own through the Lester missions and the main missions. They have no reason to take that away. If they decided to eliminate all the ‘dirty’ money then they should have found only that money and not the clean money. This really outrages me as both a gamer and X-Box user. I have no reason to work for in game money, that’s why it is… Read more »

Ace
Ace

I work in real life for my money. Why do I have to work for money in gta as we’ll. Me personally, I took the hacks as a huge favor. I no longer had to do countless & repetitive races & survivals for cash. Now they took the money away so they can get micro transactions off the people who don’t feel like working in rockstars hours on end for fictional money in the economy known as gta online. Sorry but I just witnessed one of the greatest gaming companies of all time turn into a generic money hungry corporation.

SashaDemagio
SashaDemagio

I a done with GTA Online, Rockstar has ruined the enjoyment of the game…

Shawn Dagenais
Shawn Dagenais

I was taken away all my money and left with 50,000$ what the hell I killed someone that had a billion dollar bounty an have nothing to do with hacking for that matter . I also made over 200,000$ doing missions and a lot of races to get it and u took it all I want all my money back it’s not my fault he had a bounty of that amount, u should make it more fun on getting money like bank jobs and robberies maybe there would be less hackers

Jeff Hyde
Jeff Hyde

I no longer want to play this game. I was rich now I’m not. WTF!! Don’t care if I killed a bounty worth 4 billion, not my problem. These server numbers only exist because of the devs. I’m done and I will never spend any real money on this game. It was broken on release and now there playing games with my time. I say good day!

steveo
steveo

someone just game me some money and I earned about 1000000 now all I have from 500000000 in 148000

jake
jake

Basically.people claiming their money was taken need to go look at their stats. It says clearly how much cash you’ve earned and how much was spent. Most people are lying about earning the millions that was taken. If you yourself claim that rockstar has indeed “stolen” from you. Go and look at your stats and see your differences in money earned/spent that is why your accounts have way less money. I still have my 440k that I signed off with.

ANG12Y HIPPIE
ANG12Y HIPPIE

Hey rockstar how about you stop worrying about hackers and cheaters for a little bit and worry about working on useful updates like bank heists that give you more money so people wouldn’t have to cheat to get it!! Common sense guys

jake
jake

They took money based on how much of the modder money you spent. If you were given it they left enough money to sustain some missions and ammo. And you get to keep what you bought. Overall I think that’s pretty damn fair. I for one think they should remove what was bought. Seeming as those that earned everything themselves and those that weren’t given millions to just spend are now at a disadvantage.

GTA?
GTA?

If they perm ban me i will take the CD out put it in the case and sell it and get another game.

Trolex409
Trolex409

I lost most of my money. Although, I thought it was very strange to get 50 million just from stealing an 18 wheeler. I’m now down to 100 k, oh well, I still have my cars and apartment. I just wish I wouldn’t have hesitated on the airplane

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

I doubt most of the lost money are even actually accurately tracked by the players. Might just be a case of losing track of your original money. OR you might have used the original money during your spending bouts instead of the couterfeit money? Possible..?

Knife_1
Knife_1

I want my money back earned 100 mill by jobs apparently don’t know how I’m only lol 52. I had 90 mill that I won from a bounty now I got 300 k well 200k had to buy ammo and replacement vehicles. Rockstar give it back !!!!

MisterCee
MisterCee

Yeah, I was given a few billion, and earned another 2B on one of those crazy high bounty’s. But before this I earned close to a legit 900K. When the servers came back online I was kicked down to a measly $52,000. WTF! The online mode still has glitches up the wazoo. Network Errors boot me offline out of nowhere, game freezes up. If they think the hackers a re not one step ahead of them, they are wrong. Already ran across a few tonight with the damn “god Mode” on. They can’t be killed, but they sure can kill… Read more »

Eric Day
Eric Day

Considering the entire game is based on commuting serious crimes for money, I think exploiting the weaknesses of their software should not be frowned upon. It’s hypocritical in a way.

If they wrote better code to begin with, they wouldn’t have this issue. I almost feel like they started out with the intention of making a single player game, and then decided a couple years into it to make it multi-player as well, and now it’s showing with all the holes people are exploiting.

Who said vault 77?
Who said vault 77?

In Game Punishments? Could you imagine if they just took the amount of money you exploited and set it to the red, like a negative in GTA SA, so it had to be paid back.

Plus I still see a LOT of people who hakced their way up to super levels untouched, and I’ve already heard horror stories of people with billions again already,

P.S. Zombie mode on may 5th perhaps?
It is after all Cinco De Mayo, the Day of the Dead

JRoc
JRoc

2 million before the gifted money and $500,000 now. Rock* cant get their sh!t together

Marino
Marino

all the money I had was given to me. I haven’t really played after a few days playing as a billionaire. Kinda sucked the fun out of the game for me. I just logged on to my account. Both characters have been stripped of their funds except my secondary. She has 550,000 left. I still have all my cars and Pegasus vehicles though. As long as I still have my buzzard, im happy.

Troy
Troy

I had 2.7 billion, I had been keep track of how much “legitimate” money I made which was around 550k little more or less but that’s what they left me with is 550 but every vehicle I bought including the Pegasus vehicles are all still there even though I’m sad to see it go I’m glad the game getting back to widget to give me a reason to earn money and not just screw around I admit it was nice to be able to pick up any vehicle at any time and fully modify it, but honestly I kind of… Read more »

Payoff
Payoff

Over Christmas various random players sent me nearly a billion $$$ – but before that I had close to a mill that I had earned myself – since this update I now have only 400k – so I’ve lost around 500k of my own cash.
BUT – If it means an end to streams of noobs in tanks and almost invincible players with 800 ratings, then I’ll happily pay it to get the game back to normal!

FIREKING217
FIREKING217

Rockstar took a billion dollars off me and left me with a round about 500 thousand left so they took the money that was randomly given to me and money that I took from million dollar bounties but I still got all my vehicles and weapons

Jaguara333
Jaguara333

Rockstar removed 60 million from me that was given to me by a random hacker over a month ago. Rockstar left me with 3.8 million which I had earned legitimately…so they ONLY took the amount that was shared with me improperly. I had not spent any of it, so I don’t know if they took items back from others.

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