According to PCGamesN, the two parties pulled out of Durk’s RP amid their crackdown on the use of NFTs and cryptocurrency in games.
Rockstar released a statement last week that it would pursue “misuse of Rockstar’s trademarks and real-world IP, brands, characters and music, including selling ‘loot boxes’ for real-world currency or in-game equivalent.”
Although RPG servers were considered ready, Lil Durk’s Trenches was not.
The Trenches team released a statement explaining that they have been shut down by Rockstar, and the suspension — which they hope is temporary — of the server began Sunday (November 20) at midnight ET.
“We have 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 equally with Take-Two and Rockstar. We will work with them to find an amicable solution to this issue.”
Rockstar has reportedly forced Lil Durk to shut down his GTA Role Play server “Trenches”! pic.twitter.com/pdomJWDr89
— Xtraa Mediaa (@xtraamediaa) 21 November 2022
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 Vonwho were killed in November 2020.
T-shirt Grizzley is another rapper with a lucrative RPG server titled Grizzley World, and there’s no word on whether his six-figure side hustle will also be shut down.
Last year, Durkio explained to GQ how the COVID-19 pandemic sparked his love for gaming and how he learned to monetize the lucrative pastime.
“I started playing Call of Duty during quarantine and got addicted to it,” he said. “I never played at all, but now I learned how to live stream on Twitch and all that good stuff. It’s already big, but [gaming] will be bigger than sports in a minute.
“When I started my game 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 for that, you could do this, you could live stream.’ And I started getting more into it.”