The penalty comes as a default judgment. Perez took Elusive down in 2018 after Take-Two contacted him and claimed that he would donate the proceeds to a charity, but he didn’t hand over requested financial records showing how much money he’d made from the cheat. Take-Two filed for the judgment after it didn’t get a response.
Critics have accused publishers of abusing lawsuits, exaggerating the damage done to knock cheat developers out of commission and intimidate others. However, there’s little doubt that online cheats affect many players, not just the ones who install them — and publishers can count on that fact tipping legal decisions in their favor.