To get their bank accounts thoroughly scrubbed of that dirty, dirty money. Because they’re dirty, dirty cheaters. Be cleansed and be free. And according to this guy on Twitter, he’s been freed of $117,944,768,843. That’s a lot of free.
In an update on its website, Rockstar explained that “to keep the gameplay environment fair we have removed illegitimately gained in-game money from player accounts. If you received an alert saying that your shared bank balance was adjusted, that is because you had illegitimate funds in your account”.
Obligatory joke about the irony of a game where players make cash by illegitimate means penalising players for making cash by illegitimate means.
At the same time, the studio has also adjusted its suspension and ban policy, which now resets in-game progress, purchased property, and inventory on accounts busted for “modding in GTA Online, exploiting or abusing game mechanics, manipulating protected game data and code, or interfering with other players’ gameplay experience”. For a second infraction, it’s a permanent ban, with zero appeals.
Don’t cheat, kids.