Lil Durk’s popular Trenches roleplaying Grand Theft Auto V server has been reportedly shut down by Rockstar Games and its publisher Take-Two Interactive.
According to PCGamesNthe two parties took out Durk’s RP in the midst of their crackdown on the use of NFTs and cryptocurrency in games.
Rockstar released a statement last week that it would be going after the “misuse of Rockstar trademarks and IP, real-world brands, characters, and music, including the sale of ‘loot boxes’ for real-world currency or its in-game equivalent .”
Although roleplaying servers were thought to be in the clear, that was not the case for Lil Durk’s Trenches.
The Trenches team released a statement explaining that they’ve been shut down by Rockstar and the suspension — which they hope is temporary — of the server began on Sunday (November 20) at midnight ET.
“We’ve been asked to cease all operations of Trenches,” the company wrote. “We have no choice but to comply with their demands as we intend to do right by Take-Two and Rockstar. We will be working with them to find an amicable solution to this problem.”
Rockstar has reportedly forced Lil Durk to shutdown his GTA Role Play server “Trenches”! pic.twitter.com/pdomJWDr89
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Durk’s Trenches server launched on Grand Theft Auto V in August and the gameplay trailer went viral as the city mimicked Southside Chicago and featured a mural of the late OTF rapper King Von, who was killed in November 2020.
Tee Grizzley is another rapper with a lucrative roleplaying server titled Grizzley World, and there’s no word on whether his six-figure hustle will be shut down as well.
Last year, Durkio explained to GQ how the COVID-19 pandemic sparked his love for gaming and how he learned how to monetize the lucrative pastime.
“I started playing Call of Duty during quarantine and got addicted to it,” he said. “I was never playing at all, but now I learned how to livestream on Twitch and all the good stuff. It’s already big, but [gaming] gonna be bigger than sports in a minute.
“When I started my gaming project with Crown So Heavy and [Lil] Bibby, they taught me how to play Call of Duty. They started coming up with ideas like, ‘You could get paid from it, you could do this, you could livestream.’ And I started getting into it more.”