Prominent GTA Online cheat website shuts down “after discussions with Take-Two”

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Behind bars.

A prominent GTA Online cheat website has shut down after “discussions” with publisher Take-Two.

LunaCheats, a popular site that sold GTA Online hacks, now contains a single message notifying visitors it had pulled its cheat menu services and ceased all maintenance and development.

The website said it will donate its proceeds to a charity chosen by Take-Two.

“We apologise for any and all problems our software has caused to the Grand Theft Auto Online community,” the message reads.

GTA Online has always had a problem with hackers and modders on PC, but it is thought the issue ramped up when the multiplayer game was made free to download from the Epic Games Store in May 2020.

Hackers and modders disrupt public lobbies in a raft of ways, including by spawning hundreds of vehicles, such as planes, which in turn crash servers. They can even trap players in cages.

Take-Two faces an uphill challenge scrubbing cheating from GTA Online, of course. This is an issue faced by all developers of online games, with Call of Duty: Warzone publisher Activision most recently under pressure to up the battle royale’s anti-cheat.