Rockstar Says No One Will Be Banned For Using Singleplayer GTA V Mods

Rockstar Says No One Will Be Banned For Using Singleplayer GTA V Mods

Well, that’s a relief. Mostly. If you were to look at any given GTA forum, you’d think the sky was falling (as opposed to whales falling from the sky, which is actually happening). Rockstar is banning people right and left for using mods, single-player or multiplayer, claim fans. Rockstar, however, says they’re doing nothing of the sort.

In a new Q&A, Rockstar tackled the “will modding get me banned” question head-on. They replied:

“We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our licence has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV. Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods.

“Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorised, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”

That’s good news! Very good news, given that mods transformed GTA IV into a wholly different game over time, tuning up the ragged old roadster with glorious new graphics and Iron Man.

Still, questions remain. Foremost, why are so many people reporting that they have been banned? And what does Rockstar define as a mod that might affect GTA Online? After all, people are claiming that it’s not particularly difficult for modders’ current approach — modifying pre-existing game values and tricking the game into accepting the changes — to affect both single-player and multiplayer.

As of writing, Rockstar had yet to respond to my requests for comment. For now, though, where are you at with this? Have you modded your copy of GTA V for PC? If so, have you been banned or otherwise punished in any way, shape, or form?


  • This is great to hear, was surprised to think Rockstar would actually do this considering how big modding is for the GTA series. I think modding that would give a unfair advantage makes sense as all for having a mod that makes you a goat or when you shoot bullets they are actually cars, the silly fun things. Obviously not things that when playing against other players would be unfair. Asked friends who have modded and none have been banned or punished.

  • So many people are reporting bans for a few reasons.
    1. They cheated and are playing innocent.
    2. Some people went online with DDL injectors running and got flagged by the anti cheat, mistake or not.

    As for what constitutes a mods that might affect Online, the answer is any mod. It is a mod free zone for the mentioned reasons.

  • I wish they would embrace mods. Also wish they would embrace user made Heists. Imagine how cool it would be if people had access to a simple set-up to create Job conditions. Add in Director mode for making cut scenes and you could have 1000’s of user made heists to choose from.

  • Would be cool if Rockstar could make a single player only version of GTA 🙁 i have 0 interest in PC online would be cool to have single player only 🙂

  • They should have just made then separate clients. It should be almost impossible to mistakenly run a single-player mod in a multiplayer game by way of not letting them operate the same.

    That said I’d prefer player-run dedicated servers even more. Multiplayer games with mods ALLOWED is something awesome and fun too.

    • Id prefer dedicated servers just so I didn’t keep getting put with a burger king kids club of different nationalities when I play the game.

  • “Still, questions remain. Foremost, why are so many people reporting that they have been banned?”

    The question remains, are many people being banned? We don’t have any statistics. And from what I’ve seen about complaining on the internet these days. A relatively small (though not insignificant) number of people can make a lot of noise if they want to…

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