GTA 5 modders putting together an alternative to GTA Online did indeed contravene Rockstar’s policies, the publisher has said.

Yesterday we reported on a group of GTA 5 modders who had been banned from Rockstar Social Club, locking them out of GTA 5, GTA Online and a number of other Rockstar games – including single-player modes.

The group claimed to have been unfairly banned due to their participation in the FiveM project, a multiplayer mode with no ties to GTA Online.

We suspected Rockstar might have quite a differing perspective on the situation, and the publisher has now provided the following statement:

“The FiveM project is an unauthorized alternate multiplayer service that contains code designed to facilitate piracy. Our policy on such violations of our terms of service are clear, and the individuals involved in its creation have had their Social Club accounts suspended.”

Ah, yes, that’d explain the ban, then. Whether all or any FiveM members knew they were on the wrong side of the law is another question, but ignorance of the law, et cetera.