MyMetaverse shuts down GTA server following request from Take-Two due to NFT usage
GTA developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive have banned the usage of NFTs, cryptocurrencies and more for third-party roleplay servers, thus sending a takedown request for the Infinity Auto server.
After introducing playable NFTs to GTA V and Minecraft servers in collaboration with Enjin back in September this year, MyMetaverse has now been asked to shut down its Infinity Auto server following a takedown request from Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of GTA developer, Rockstar Games.
This comes as a result of Rockstar’s new post on its support page answering whether third-party roleplay (RP) servers are allowed or not, going on to state that they are, but that there are some limits as to what is allowed on these servers. In the statement, Rockstar says that they have “always believed in reasonable fan creativity and wants creators to showcase their passion for our games,” meaning that single-player mods for PC are allowed within their current policy. However, the new policy for roleplay servers states that the misuse of Rockstar’s trademarks or game IP, including “importation or misuse of other IP in the project, including other Rockstar IP, real-world brands, characters, trademarks or music” is prohibited.
What’s also prohibited is commercial exploitation, which includes selling loot boxes and virtual currencies, as well as generating revenue by using cryptocurrencies, NFTs, corporate sponsorships or in-game integrations. Creating new “games, stories, missions, or maps” for GTA Online is also forbidden, and so is interfering with “official multiplayer or online services,” which include GTA Online and Red Dead Online.
In the now deprecated Infinity Auto server, players could import a MetaHome NFT and use it as a 3D car. The MetaHome NFT collection is meant to provide gameplay utility across a variety of different games and was initially minted on Efinity, which is a NFT parachain on Polkadot.
The CEO of MyMetaverse, Simon Kertonegoro, gave an official statement to VentureBeat, saying that “Our ultimate dream was to collaborate with Rockstar and build a way for players to earn free items that they could own forever, give to their friends, and use in multiple games” and that they were hoping that Rockstar “would discover us and see that cross-game items are destined to become the future of gaming.”
“We’re disappointed to find out that we were wrong. Today, we received a letter from Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, asking us cease all operations on the Infinity Auto Server. So, we have shut down our server and we’ll never relaunch it. We want to do the right thing and respect Take-Two’s wishes, it was never our intent to upset them. We truly believed we were providing a service that was benefiting them.”
The full statement can be found here.
Meanwhile, MyMetaverse has recently launched “AI-generated NFT Morphs” using the DALLE-2 tool in collaboration with digital artist Ylieke.