You can`t steal something that never existed.
There is no direct correlation between ingame money and real money, since there is no way of converting them into real cash. Therefore, regardless of how much money you have / get ingame, it doesn`t cost Rockstar a penny.
and why--oh why--would R* have invested time and money resources in rolling out update 1.06 btw? You know, the update that just came out today which is designed to eliminate "exploits" of certain game features. aka the bike and car glitches
Here's some direct proof from the horses mouth that the billions of GTA$ cheaters have glitched have been an issue of concern to R*. In all cases of the update notes in the link below, R* explicitly acknowledges these issues were of concern by starting off these updated items with "Corrected an exploit where players...."
Big Brother has officially begun to set policies against the cheaters. Any glitcher who circumvents an official patch like 1.06 is officially comiting a cyber crime against the company. That's regardless of whether they think they're "not costing the company anything" or not.
They're leaving themselves open to potential butthurt.
Best case scenario,suspension/banning of both R* online access and/or XBL privileges depending on the degree of how they hacked their games/consoles. Worst case scenario, potential litigation and/or criminal prosecution if they get caught.
Once again, wake up and smell the coffee bro.
Since many cheaters have never been caught, it's a hyper norm of the cheater mindset to be complacent. But complacency can kill,
Because R* only needs to get lucky exactly once.
Cheaters need to be lucky all the time....
@Odesza: that's correct, way #2 isn't mandatory. I was simply pointing out the major ways a F2P game works in generating money for a company. I suspect #3 is the way R* will likely end up going in the long run though.
Because the existence of ads anywhere in FM or a Second Life make over of GTAO by route #1, would likely drive the fan base barking mad. And #2 is already distasteful for many fan boys (the forums are spammed with threads against this) who would rather play to earn their money rather than pay for it.