Like sex mods, Minecraft GTA is now in trouble as devs crack down on "guns and firearms"

The main packshot for Minecraft featuring the player character wielding a sword
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Members of the Minecraft community are reporting that developer Mojang has begun to crack down on servers and mods featuring realistic guns and other adult content.

On May 28, the modders behind Grand Theft Minecart, a Minecraft server taking heavy inspiration from the open-world criminal shenanigans of GTA, posted a blog titled 'Mojang Strikes Again.' The devs say they received a letter from Mojang's enforcement team with a warning that any references to guns and firearms are not compliant with the game's usage guidelines and license agreements.

"A recent directive from Mojang Leadership has determined that guns and weapons are considered non-compliant features under our Adult Content requirement for commercial usage servers." The letter says that "all references to guns and firearms are not compliant. Such instances MUST be removed in order to reach compliance." The letter says that consequences "may include a ban on all IPs related to this server."

Plain, unmodded Minecraft features plenty of weapons itself, from swords and axes to crossbows and bombs. A follow-up letter says that weapons like "blasters" and "lasers" are also fair game for mods - just nothing that can be "directly linked with a real-life firearm."

The modders behind Grand Theft Minecart, of course, are not happy, saying that Mojang is "alienating an important demographic of teens and young adults that made Minecraft what it is." The team also expresses frustration that this directive came up so suddenly.

We've reached out to Mojang for further information, and will update this story if we learn more. Some community members have suspected that the letters GTM received are fakes, but the devs are confident they're real - and they fit in with what seems to be a broader crackdown on adult content mods.

In May, the developer behind Minecraft's infamous Jenny mod announced that development on the project was ending as the result of a series of DMCA notices from Mojang. The mod, which was in various stages of development for years, essentially added NPC companions for you to have sex with, in line with the sex mods available for most games with a robust community of creators. If you want to seek out developer Schnu's very NSFW remarks on the mod's takedown, well, you can feel free to use Google.

While the developer website hosting the Jenny mod has been taken down, it remains available on other major Minecraft mod repositories. For their part, the devs behind the GTA server say this warning "is not the end of GTM," and are working on ways to comply with Mojang's request while keeping the spirit of the mod intact.

The big Minecraft 1.20 update launches in June. 

Dustin Bailey
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.