In the context: VR games can be fun, but there aren’t many AAA games with VR modes. Half-Life Alyx comes to mind as a big-budget VR exclusive. Other developers have officially added support for existing important games such as Resident Evil 7, Doom (2017) and Skyrim. With an endless number of first-person games already out there, it’s no surprise that the modding community has been busy creating mods to give AAA titles a VR treatment.

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Modder by name Luke Ross (pseudonym), who made a good living by creating mods that allow you to run normal games in virtual reality, was rejected by Take-Two Interactive. Recently game publisher filed a copyright lawsuit with Patreon demanding that Ross remove content related to Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mafia Definitive Edition.

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The problem is that T2 hasn’t specified which content infringes its copyright. Ross has several items associated with these games, including images, guides, recommendations, and tutorials. Even though it doesn’t use any proprietary code to support VR in games, that might be what the publisher is aiming for. In any case, it’s not clear to anyone but Take-Two what content violates the DMCA.

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“We recently received a copyright claim for works you post on Patreon,” wrote the Patreon Trust and Safety team. “Specifically, the claim comes from Take-Two Interactive Software… which owns the rights to Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Mafia Definitive Edition used in your Patreon posts. We ask that you remove all copyrighted works from your Patreon. page.”

The letter also states that he must remove the content regardless of whether he decides to counterclaim or not. Ross said he would remove everything, despite the ambiguity, because he didn’t want to start a legal battle with T2’s lawyers.

[I]Leaving me in the dark, I can only be wrong as a precaution, and I won’t risk other games getting involved in the purge if Patreon decides to close my page. This means that all messages, images, guides, recommendations, tutorials and above all my VR mods for GTA V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mafia: Definitive Edition, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, Mafia III: Definitive Edition will removed and removed. will no longer be available for download.

I refuse to believe that this is what Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. wants because it would be extremely anti-client and anti-gamer on their part. But I’m not going to litigate with them. If they want to assert their corporate dominance with the interests of gamers as collateral damage, I have no power to stop them.

On the one hand, Ross says VR mods don’t affect Take-Two’s bottom line. In fact, it may even increase the sales of these legacy games as players still need to own or purchase legitimate copies in order to use the VR mods.

On the other hand, T2 may see mods as a threat to future VR ports of these games. After all, Rockstar has already announced plans to bring GTA: San Andreas to VR. So mods may well be Take-Two’s only gripe with Ross.

Thankfully, after contacting Patreon and explaining the confusion, the hosting site said it would try to find out more details and possibly put Ross in touch with Take-Two’s legal department to sort out the mess.

“We very much hope that direct communication between the parties will be productive,” a Patreon spokesperson told The Verge.

Ross is saddened that T2 threw away the DMCA card for something they refuse to do. He believes the main reason why VR is struggling to catch on is that not enough publishers spend time supporting established games, leaving players with only short mini-games that look more like demos than real ones. AAA games.

In his opinion, he is doing a service to publishers by adding what players want, getting more attention, and possibly increasing the sales of their biggest games.

“In the fight to spread the word that only the will (or lack of it) of studios and publishers is stopping AAA games from being ported to VR, this is probably a sad but necessary step,” Ross said.

It’s worth noting that Ross has VR mods for several other games, including Cyberpunk 2077, Dark Souls: Remastered, and Elden Ring, that were left unscathed due to the takedown notice. Other modders in the community on condition Virtual reality support for games without annoying publishers. Perhaps the main thing that T2 takes offense at is The Verge. expose showing that Ross is making $20,000 a month from his Patreon page. But with a retention rate of 66%, removal is unlikely to affect that.