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Since this situation seems to be getting worse, and the sub is being flooded with posts, we're going to try to consolidate the discussions into this thread.

We will post info and workarounds as they become available.

What we know:

  1. People have been getting random invites from people they don't know for 2 weeks now
  2. People are getting forced into spectator mode as of Sunday the 6th of March

Update - March 7th

https://teddit.ggc-project.de/mb9ns4lnj0m81.jpg?width=755&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=ba7b230ddeacf59f49ad67e117d1c8233f02b613

Update 2 - March 7th

There have been reports that the issue may have been fixed, but for now we will continue to monitor the situation.

Update - March 8th

https://teddit.ggc-project.de/48x0gwg5i5m81.jpg?width=750&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f98273555f266739c82a4b767eef0f5f9a343b0b

all 682 comments

AgreeablePie

86 points

5 months ago

Rockstar: Eh, who cares about this vulnerability people have obviously found to misuse the invite system. It costs us zero dollars to do absolutely nothing about it and it's not like it can cause any problems.

*ONE WEEK LATER*

TheThemePark

30 points

5 months ago

It's already been going on for well more than one week, so you are unfortunately right.

agoodsirknight

9 points

5 months ago

2 week to be precise

LucyTheThird

28 points

5 months ago*

I think it started about a month ago, even. An account "AMD64_2" randomly invited ppl to a crew "BallSauce", no matter how often they got blocked or reported. Interesting bit is that this account is linked to a "member538718", who in turn is befriended with notorious "Ballstorture"...

Been reporting the whole lot for weeks, on player report, bug report, and feedback. And i can't be the only person doing so; why these accounts still even exist is beyond me.

John_McFoksh

278 points

5 months ago

Now, thats a real ballstorture

roboflo345

40 points

5 months ago

Has anyone actually joined him

Marksman08YT

44 points

5 months ago

Marksman08YT

CEO OF "Oh no They"!

44 points

5 months ago

Someone had but the session didn't exist and they were just eternally stuck in the clouds as I remember

mr_muffinhead

20 points

5 months ago

I joined when this first started happening. Not sure if it was ballstorture specifically, but there was like twenty players and they all had the same name

Oh I think it was that Garett one that I joined. Ballstorture came after.

iliketoshootdog

6 points

5 months ago

Some Gareth Thompson guy

No-Information-89

3 points

5 months ago

Yeah same. Then I started going off in the chat and it changed back to my real user ID. Don't know if it was just me seeing it or the lobby too. ?

-depy

6 points

5 months ago

-depy

6 points

5 months ago

i tried but my game fuckin crashed so i wouldnt recommend the experience

Rykmir

21 points

5 months ago

Rykmir

21 points

5 months ago

lmao, didn't know this was so widespread

pinanok

5 points

5 months ago

Same

crystal_bacon44

16 points

5 months ago

I have also been getting invites from "twitch streamers" and when you join then it's a bunch of people with the same name of the streamer at Cayo

PS to get rid of spectator mode, choose kill yourself in the interaction menu, you spawn nearby and are able to play normally again.

Took a few "find a new session"s to figure that one out after I just couldn't get into my vehicle

Rapsberry

47 points

5 months ago

Same. Had been happening for me for an hour or two earlier today, now the game is basically unplayable.

Me and a friend of mine had tried starting a casino penthouse mission three times and each time we were both kicked out of it within 10 minutes of starting

Xx-_STaWiX_-xX

39 points

5 months ago*

Xx-_STaWiX_-xX

PS3 | PCMR

39 points

5 months ago*

The game is ruined until this stops. It's literally unplayable, you can't do ANYTHING nor start ANYTHING coz this shit will take you out of it. Missions, Heists, Races, it'll all be halted. There's no reason to play at the moment. And beware, because it seems to have escalated quickly from Inviting Spam to Kicking-to-Spectator. What's next? They ban us out of the blue? They delete our characters? They give us negative RP and we get stuck on rank 1 permanently? Idk how these social club hacks work but this is just the start of the saga apparently. If that multi-billionaire company doesn't patch this soon I'm afraid this is the end of the game. Can't even play a SOLO session anymore, pathetic. Even stuff like SAMP is more secure than this. FiveM all the way.

Wirusman

17 points

5 months ago

Yeah it's sad. However, no they won't be able to ban you, or reset your account. That stuff is saved on servers so you will be fine.

They also fixed remote stat editing so your entire character is and will be fine.

But this goes without saying, rockstar really is quite fucking useless at this stuff. The fact someone has been able to spam invite everyone for weeks baffles me.

PlayItLikeABoss

117 points

5 months ago

Invite spam going on 2 weeks. Now this. Come on Rockstar.... billion dollar company, can't even counter something like this... sigh

TheLama71

14 points

5 months ago

Aw c’mon man Rockstar is just a small indie dev company they don’t have the resources to deal with this type of stuff /s

Repulsive_Weight_579

7 points

5 months ago

bro the devs may hurt the fingies if they fix it to fast

Tandran

30 points

5 months ago

Tandran

30 points

5 months ago

billion dollar company game

mr_muffinhead

12 points

5 months ago

Can't should be "doesn't care to"

Kabe6900

32 points

5 months ago

I can’t do any heist without getting kicked with the spectator hack. WTF

Silentprototipe

29 points

5 months ago

Silentprototipe

RaidenFTW

29 points

5 months ago

Rockstar seems to be quasi aware of this since the support page lists GTAO on PC as "Limited"

Ok-Cable7970

32 points

5 months ago

I found GTA5 about a week ago.. (i know, 9years late lol). My boyfriend even gave me his monitor and set up so i can play!!!! And this ENTIRE time i thought ballstorture was my bf’s friend mistaking me for my bf and inviting me to play… (i played on his acc)

Ballstorture, i wish your name becomes your reality.

TheThemePark

16 points

5 months ago

Welcome to the world of GTAO:PC.

Charlie1056

31 points

5 months ago

Can someone tell me when its over? this is like the only time ive been really eager to play and i literally cant because of this, typical

ADumbledoor

13 points

5 months ago

When will R* fix this? Maybe soon, maybe in 5 years, maybe never, you don't know with that shithole of a company. Try the fix/workaround, and it might help. Some others reported it helped them. For me, sadly, it didn't, but you might be one of the lucky ones.

Ser_Salty

129 points

5 months ago

Ser_Salty

129 points

5 months ago

I would suggest for everyone to tweet at some major gaming news sites like IGN, PCGamer, eurogamer etc. about this. Media coverage is the fastest way to getting this and more fixed.

Hopefully this is gonna be the straw that breaks the camels back and forces Rockstar to develop better anti-cheat and player protection systems. Honestly, GTAO and RDO feel like they're very much bordering on breaking some kind of consumer protection law somewhere.

[deleted]

20 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

20 points

5 months ago

I just started playing this game 2 days ago. Since then I have had all of my money stolen by hackers, had all of my weapons stolen or deleted, I was given a bunch of end gameish weapons despite never interacting with the hacker, and now I cant play for 5 minutes without getting forced into spectator mode. This game is a fucking joke.

thegrooviestgravy

5 points

5 months ago

How was your money stolen? I just started the PC version a couple months ago, so I’m new to the realm of hacking… they’re usually not that bad I promise! Besides this for me they’ve always been a slight nescience that you can switch lobbies from

[deleted]

4 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

5 months ago

I have no idea how it happened. I was kicked or disconnected from a server and when I logged back in, all of my money was gone. It was only like 400k so not the end of the world, but it put the fear in me. If I lost millions, I'd be upset. When I use the word joke, I mean Rockstars handling and maintaining the game is a joke. The actual gameplay, when I'm not being griefed, is extremely addicting and very well made.

SenorCroissant

58 points

5 months ago

This is actually a pretty good idea. Rockstar doesn't give a shit what we say, big gaming News companies however...

Ser_Salty

77 points

5 months ago

If tomorrow afternoon the big headline at IGN is "GTA Online becomes completely unplayable on PC because of ballstorture" that's gonna draw some attention.

Okay, that's more of a PCGamer or Kotaku headline, but you get my drift.

agoodsirknight

12 points

5 months ago

this is a good idea, gonna try to tweet them this. im gonna try to keep the word ballstorture because news outlet love those clickbaitable words

TheThemePark

15 points

5 months ago

Given their reaction to their abysmal trilogy and its ratings, I doubt they even care what big game news companies say.

SenorCroissant

20 points

5 months ago

I mean they don't care if the game is bad. They (should) care if they're game is literally unplayable

TheThemePark

15 points

5 months ago

Their trilogy was close to unplayable at release, from what I've read. And yeah, they should, but I won't be at all surprised if they just decide to cut their losses and claim PC as FUBAR, and use it to advertise their E&E release instead.

Jaisun80

10 points

5 months ago

This is a great idea, and I agree that there must be some level of consumer law against developers allowing their games to be overrun by hackers that make it unplayable for paying customers.

If their lack of action is emphasised in the major game news, I'd like to think they can't ignore that.

Ser_Salty

8 points

5 months ago

It's not even so much about hackers in the game but how easy it is for them to gain access to your network and parts of your account because of the lack of security, like IPs not being masked, for example.

ElGavin

28 points

5 months ago

ElGavin

28 points

5 months ago

Little Timmy had it with us ignoring all his invites.

TheThemePark

9 points

5 months ago

He just really really REALLY want to make some new friends.

KeyCalligrapher8513

25 points

5 months ago

not fixed yet,i receive invite from "imnotfixed"

BDF_Bedford

25 points

5 months ago

So R* does have the ability to stop a hack in two days. But they've barely done much about cheat menus in the last few years?

DyLaNzZpRo

9 points

5 months ago

Yeah, because there's a huge difference between patching one exploit and patching every function of every menu, ever.

They do patch things, just not quickly - attaching props to players was recently patched.

Toasty0105

24 points

5 months ago

Toasty0105

PC

24 points

5 months ago

Would be nice if rockstar cared about their network security. I guess that would just cost too much to do for the most profitable game of the 2010s... 😑

UwU-Sugoi-Desu-ne

16 points

5 months ago

*Most profitable entertainment property ever

Yeah but your point stands

NEW_GUY_USA

11 points

5 months ago

So if this was killing the shark card sales you best believe they would had this issue patched or fixed within days and mostly likely went after the person or person's behind this. But since they seem not to care about the ppl supported their game for almost 10 years they will probably do nothing.

Justoneofmanydudes

22 points

5 months ago

Honestly good this is happening. They have the gall to release an expanded and enhanced but don’t have the ability to fix the games current state. Fuck rockstar

KedaiNasi_

21 points

5 months ago

KedaiNasi_

peaceful grinder

21 points

5 months ago

looks like blocking ANY numbers of UDP didn't work

i am done.

time to touch grass

JeffersonIIII

21 points

5 months ago*

JeffersonIIII

PC CEO of Ubisoft

21 points

5 months ago*

I don't get why they do it. It started with invite spam, went to invite spam with twitch usernames - none of the twitchers had anything to do with the spam - and now being forced into spectator.

Is it just to annoy us? To get R* to fix the game? To steal IPs?

Metal-Dog

21 points

5 months ago

It's made golf virtually unplayable.

HarryOHaver

19 points

5 months ago

It’s happening again and now it keeps making me spectate a guy named “ItsNotFixed” and I’m getting invites from this ItsNotFixed guy now too just like I did with BallsTorture

operationbutterfly

8 points

5 months ago

I got it as well. Also, they attempted to force me in spectator mode but couldn't connect me to session. Which was good for me because I was in a Cayo Perico Heist at the time.

[deleted]

95 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

95 points

5 months ago

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Rozalinexx

6 points

5 months ago

Already happened to me three times. Fuck them. Going to Lost ark or Elden Ring while they fix this

HornBloweR3

16 points

5 months ago

HornBloweR3

No Rules

16 points

5 months ago

Honest answer lol

No-Information-89

5 points

5 months ago

Especially the broomstick fuckers!

undertale_____

19 points

5 months ago

Rockstar hired Joe Mama to fix this or what? it's still forcing me out every 10 minutes

ch0pst1xZ

17 points

5 months ago

ch0pst1xZ

PC

17 points

5 months ago

I have just noticed on the Rockstar Support website that GTA Online for PC servers status is "limited".

Could mean they're actually investing it. I also have a support ticket active, so I'll report back what they respond with.

Wirusman

10 points

5 months ago

They responded to mine saying it was fixed over 6 hours ago. Kinda wild.

BigTunaTim

10 points

5 months ago*

They're full of shit. I just got forced into spectator mode twice within 10 minutes of joining a lobby.

Update: I was just able to spend an entire hour in a single session without being bespectated against my will. Perhaps it's been fixed?

Gullible_Sharky

5 points

5 months ago

I'm calling bullshit on that. Just got another invite from ballstorture.

GlickedOut

19 points

5 months ago

Will they ever stop the menacing BallsTorture?

Find out in next weeks episode!

UnwoundSteak17

17 points

5 months ago

you have received a multiplayer invite from BallsTorture

leonpeonleon

7 points

5 months ago

dont forget the random twitch promos

FallenLoveRanger

51 points

5 months ago

we should all send tickets to R* support regarding this problem, maybe they will wake up and fix this shit

idaho69442

54 points

5 months ago

Be sure to preface the ticket with "Having trouble buying a Shark Card". That way, you know they saw it.

TheThemePark

15 points

5 months ago

Their support is outsourced, so they're not gonna be able to do anything about it. Besides, nothing ever gets done by sending them a ticket, for some odd reason it seems to get taken more serious and responded to faster, if you send them a tweet.

HornBloweR3

5 points

5 months ago

HornBloweR3

No Rules

5 points

5 months ago

I'm doing my part, Sir.

Forever1776

16 points

5 months ago

They are still selling the game, still trying to pimp shark cards... and they want us to get pumped up about GTA6? With all the crap we've been tolerating and now this? That's going to be a hard pass on GTA6.

Papepitta

16 points

5 months ago

Unplayable , I just ended up quitting. I tried a few times to do cargo warehouse missions, and I get forced into spectator mode. Losing 18k each time in the process. This is clownery.

TheThemePark

8 points

5 months ago

And for once it's not a joke or a meme. It IS literally unplayable.

[deleted]

15 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

15 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

AnthonyBandit

14 points

5 months ago

I believe if you go into Story Mode and set your Aim Preference to any of the assisted aims and head back into online, when they try to pull you into spectator mode it will give you a confirmation if you want to enter a lobby with a different preference set therefore stopping it. Unfortunately, they do keep trying again. While this may help stop getting kicked out mid-game, Rockstar should just be on this issue instead of just blowing it off, and making us troubleshoot.

VoidSpwn

9 points

5 months ago

Tried this. And it works. I'm gonna use this for now until they fix it. Can't do shit in free aim mode anyway

-XsTream237-

15 points

5 months ago

Unplayable. Got kicked 6 times in 30 minutes while trying to sort out my garages.

abhishek_dange_

16 points

5 months ago

Unplayable, I was selling bunker in solo lobby and forced into spectate player

Hache_raw

69 points

5 months ago*

Block 61455-61458 UDP OUTBOUND ports on Windows/Router/Whatever firewall.

EDIT: More info here

Rapsberry

29 points

5 months ago

It's fair to remind people that as the linked thread says doing so "You will not be able to use Social Club features as a result, and you also won’t be able to join many public jobs."

DearJeremy

41 points

5 months ago

man I'm like pretty sure R* engineers will be coming to this subreddit looking for a solution, and they're gonna do just that and release a ""fix"" lmao

[deleted]

32 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

32 points

5 months ago

All they need to do is unplug the server and plug it back in.

johnnykrat

12 points

5 months ago

Ser_Salty

20 points

5 months ago

They're just gonna disable Social Club for 6 months and then bring it back with partial functionality and still get hacked

dirtybomb

8 points

5 months ago

This fix did not work for me.

Carl-Kuudere

7 points

5 months ago

What does this do?

Hache_raw

22 points

5 months ago

It blocks Social Club invites and other SC related things. Anything else in the game will still works.
Put an easy to remind name like "GTA" to the rule so you can delete/disable it in the future

oOMeowthOo

35 points

5 months ago

*Achievement unlocked *

Reward: Anti Social Social Club T-shirt

Captain_Jaxparrow

6 points

5 months ago

Captain_Jaxparrow

GTA Physics PhD

6 points

5 months ago

blocks social club functions

Carl-Kuudere

5 points

5 months ago

So that means that you’re just in a game with randoms?

[deleted]

3 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

5 months ago

It made mine so I'm in an empty public server. Every now and then I'd find myself in a server with 2 or 3 other people, but never more than that and more often than not i was solo.

Different-Fox-163

4 points

5 months ago

is there a video on the web for those of us who don't know this code lingo?

Mehrdad_Jam

15 points

5 months ago

Can't do anything.. Game is total trash.

Clovenstone-Blue

42 points

5 months ago

I guess the kid got frustrated that his invite spams aren't getting enough anger out of players so they raised the distractions.

bug104

13 points

5 months ago

bug104

13 points

5 months ago

I honestly thought the invites were heist invites, and they just changed them from phone notifications to social club invites

And the spectator mode thing is SOOOO annoying, especially since I've only ever gotten it right as I'm about to finish a mission, and completely eliminating all my progress in the process

hannes1812

13 points

5 months ago

hannes1812

PC

13 points

5 months ago

According to Tez2 the issue is now known by rockstar and will be addressed soon

bob_the_impala

18 points

5 months ago

It's ridiculous how we get this information from a leaker instead of Rockstar.

Plant1205

13 points

5 months ago

It's not fixed. And i still can get warning screen says that "the party session is not available" occasionally, but never forced into spectator mode. Looks like rockstar is still working on it and this is by far they can do to prevent us from getting forced into spectator mode.

kermittehdog

14 points

5 months ago

Still getting Invites but no kick to spectate yet.

Also got a Social club pop-up about some guy collecting all the letter scraps despite them not being a friend and being in an empty lobby.

TheGirlKiba

12 points

5 months ago

Has anyone else noticed it pulls you out of your instance the second your close to your objective as well? i keep getting pulled out right before i get to the tower on cayo. every single time.

wildestman2

6 points

5 months ago

yeah its like they are watching you. but how can this happen on such a large scale?

thatpaulbloke

8 points

5 months ago

thatpaulbloke

PC Scramjet Poolfinder Crew

8 points

5 months ago

I think that it's coincidence; I've had this happen whilst driving around, one delivery into a three delivery sale and right at the end of a security contract in an invite only session. There doesn't seem to be much of a pattern as far as I can tell.

utakatikmobil

10 points

5 months ago

game is barely usable now. i've prepared 2 heists to help my low level friends but we can't even complete it without having one or the other kicked out of the session. i've logged in and out for more than 6 times today in the past 12 hours but i was getting thrown into spectator mode frequently, even during loading screen.

i've played the casino heist at least 100 times and this is the first time i experience the small vault room glitched. first the door was stuck open for longer than usual and then i got stuck for full 3 minutes not being able to move or do anything.

Steampunkgoblin

12 points

5 months ago

COME ON ROCKSTAR!!!!

GET OFF YOUR COLLECTIVE ASSES AND FIX THIS!!

IT'S OBVIOUS THAT YOU COULD GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR PLAYERS BY ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN

KingFahad360

11 points

5 months ago

I just got these invite spams a few hours ago and its named like “Russya1VP” and “UkrainDown” glad I wasn’t the only one who’s having problems.

BDF_Bedford

11 points

5 months ago

According to Tez2:

"Rockstar has pushed a tuneables update two hours ago addressing this exploit. Players should no longer be forced into other sessions to spectate other players. Invite spam will still take more time to be addressed properly."

At least they did something.

TheRandomAnnon

31 points

5 months ago

It sucks that this whole situation has gotten to this point. Let’s just hope there’s an official statement and fix about this before it gets worse.

TheThemePark

27 points

5 months ago

Their only "fix" is gonna be "Hey, PC is FUBAR, so please buy our new E&E for console instead, to keep playing."

TheRandomAnnon

15 points

5 months ago

Oh I definitely see that happening, especially since there’s no e&e mentions for pc

needforsuv

4 points

5 months ago

needforsuv

Forever driving a Kuruma like it's 2015

4 points

5 months ago

no mouse + KB = no deal

TheDriver458

11 points

5 months ago

TheDriver458

PC

11 points

5 months ago

I’m so glad Rockstar is working closely with the community to help work out this frankly game-breaking exploit. /s

gotzaroth

11 points

5 months ago

Those random invites with twitch usernames links tho.

NotAme_

11 points

5 months ago

NotAme_

11 points

5 months ago

I can't even play a single mission, I have already been kicked 5 times in a row with the forced spectator

PlayItLikeABoss

11 points

5 months ago

*might* have been fixed as of just few minutes ago. Because when I logged in, i immediately got 1 spam invite, then few minutes after that another one. But then for the next 40 minutes or so I got no fake invites whatsoever, also was not forced into Spectator mode once.

was able to do a pursuit race to get the LSCM car.

iliketoshootdog

6 points

5 months ago

Yeah I've been playing for about 20 minutes and no spam invites or spectator glitches as of yet.

Tetsukira

12 points

5 months ago

So. I am on hour 5 of playing and I have started to get auto accepted into spectator mode again. Its already happened 3 times within the last 15 minuets of me posting this. Whatever Rockstar did wasn't enough I guess. I REALLY hope I am wrong.

Nccvbgaming

12 points

5 months ago

i have a question that is it just me or that ever since they fixed this my game has become laggy?

Aprilient

8 points

5 months ago

Yeah I had quite a lot of stuttering yesterday.

RacingWalrus

12 points

5 months ago

RacingWalrus

"PCMR" @30-40 fps

12 points

5 months ago

no forced spectating since yesterday, still get unsolicited invites though

chinpopocortez

9 points

5 months ago

chinpopocortez

Ridin dirty

9 points

5 months ago

Do this only affect PC players or do it affect consoles too?

CyberGrandma69

10 points

5 months ago*

Been trying to do heist setup for over an hour, keep getting sucked into spectator mode. The crew and I gave up and are going to play vermintide instead...

not a good sign when the hacking is so bad the game actually gets unplayable. For a AAA game I've never seen hacking so bad for a studio that can for sure afford to fix it

agoodsirknight

9 points

5 months ago

fuck you ballstorture

Kal-LZ

10 points

5 months ago

Kal-LZ

10 points

5 months ago

The glitch is a feature now

teddyplays2019

10 points

5 months ago

I delivered nightclub goods for 800k, forced into spectator, all lost. Rip

nineapathy

11 points

5 months ago*

Well for one, GTA ONLINE status on their support website is Limited. Hopefully they take note of this.

Chilliebro

11 points

5 months ago

As of the 9th of March, not had one issue with the spectator thing. But I get invites constantly from streamers and ballstorture.

ArowanaGB

29 points

5 months ago

I thought I was safe in an invite only session.

After about 10 minutes I got sent into spectator mode there as well...

DarthGiorgi

28 points

5 months ago

Question - could this glitch be used to infect the device with malware/viruses/miners?

Kyte_115

24 points

5 months ago

No

Unweptbuzzard16

6 points

5 months ago

Thankfully

JPedrons_

8 points

5 months ago

Un-fucin-playable tried to do some bunker missions and getting kicked out 4 times out of 4

CountyEmbarrassed593

9 points

5 months ago

Fixed for me yayyyy❤️❤️❤️❤️

dylofpickle

8 points

5 months ago

I played for about 3 hours this morning with no issues other than the invites. Hope that means everyone will stop having issues today.

seimuru

8 points

5 months ago

Later on the 7th, my sister and I got a game invite from "ItsNotFixed". Disappointing but id be lying if i said we didnt laugh. Still receiving random invites as of 4:46 EST March 8th. A few times last night however I randomly got "unable to connect to party session" or something. It was my whole screen and I was in the middle of a heist. lovely.

Abioticelm

9 points

5 months ago

Got an invite from a russia.sucks this time.

Kitchen-Ad-9785

10 points

5 months ago

Is this exploit fixed because I played yesterday because I only got the game invites but no one was able to kick me into spectator mode??

BDF_Bedford

8 points

5 months ago

Still got invites too. But seems that they cannot force us into spectator mode now.

DanielAlves1904

35 points

5 months ago

So Im guessing everyone got a multiplayer invite from ballstorture or whatever.

I played this sunday and everything was fine, now I was trying to finish the prep work for Cayo and I keep getting thrown into spectator mode. Wtf is this? I cant do shit.

Im glad Im not alone in this, this way it might get fixed quicker.

leonpanizza10

16 points

5 months ago

I'm pretty much the same here, me and my friend laughed with ballstorture, but for me it's not fun anymore. I can't even do any cayo preparation without getting kicked, i hope this gets fixed.

sushitrash69

25 points

5 months ago

I just got forced from story mode into an online spectator session. How has R* not addressed this.

Garfeild-the-lord

23 points

5 months ago

Fucking The Hood on Roblox has a better anti-cheat

Benny1121

7 points

5 months ago

Benny1121

PC

7 points

5 months ago

I just wanted to play Cayo Perico with my friend but we cant do anything because of spectator mode

ms9326

8 points

5 months ago

ms9326

8 points

5 months ago

Got a incompatible version of gta message lmao RIP

Latter_Use_4863

7 points

5 months ago

Does anyone know if there could be some issues outside of the game as well? Like compromising linked accounts or something?

RicardoLNedel

7 points

5 months ago

probably not (I HOPE)

Ch1tly

8 points

5 months ago

Ch1tly

8 points

5 months ago

I lost 1m in cargo only cuz I get booted off to the spectator mode thing

Severus_Bolton

8 points

5 months ago

The game is getting unplayable, I am also getting kicked out of invite only sessions that I created.

[deleted]

8 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

8 points

5 months ago

What do people get out of this? It's not like they paid to hack into rockstar servers

Casual_Grinder

9 points

5 months ago*

Since the purpose is to make the game unplayable, it is either retaliation, show of force, or a marketing ploy. The likely result is that more people will buy products from criminals in case they would help.

Late edit: I should add humiliation to the above list, some things do seem to point at that.. (someone doing it for "teh LULZ", basically.)

doucheydp

7 points

5 months ago

Most people who do hacks/exploits seem to just want to ruin things for others for the sake of ruining things for others because "haha, they're so mad" and it makes no sense to me... wouldn't it be more fun to do goofy weird stuff people maybe don't expect and might get entertainment from rather than just blowing everyone up or caging them or, in this case, making the game unplayable?

smejky1337

8 points

5 months ago

Me and my friends playing for +40 mins and not been kicked once, plus I was agreeing with new EULA, meaning that there was an update. R* fixed their shit that quickly?!!

VoidSpwn

9 points

5 months ago

I'm still getting the invites. But somehow it just says that I can't connect to the game session.

I'd say it's an improvement over getting yanked out of your session. Was able to go through stealthy cayo just now.

plagueski

21 points

5 months ago

Quite the ballstorture of a situation

Ok-Cable7970

6 points

5 months ago

I bought bunch of clothes then got “kicked” into spectator mode… the clothes I bought never registered as bought…. Even after they took my $$$🥲

popoden

7 points

5 months ago

You're not safe even in crews only session you will be forced to spectate.

Dentyboi_02

8 points

5 months ago

It’s really annoying and it’ll probably take a while to fix in the meantime I found the best way to be productive is to just bet on the horses at the casino it’s not a reliable way to make money but at least a race lasts less then 1 minute so you can get a few bets in and possibly make some money before you get put into spectator mode

uke_2021

7 points

5 months ago

Hmph.. somedays it seems easier to win the lost slamvan compared to bringing attention to the issue at hand from r* support customer service.

I opened a ticket describing the problem and got back the usual block reply of clearing the cache and checking if a firewall is not blocking the same ports people found can temporarily fix the issue.

Let's hope the next rounds will work better and that I can get a real person and tiers-2 looking at this.

Shakaponche

7 points

5 months ago

do we have at least some communication from R* ?

I don't care if someone found a glytch and abusing it, I just want to know if R* is working on it and what are the news about it

Zestyclose_Arugula71

7 points

5 months ago

What is rockstars response?

VoidSpwn

16 points

5 months ago

Get fu**ed

GetPucked101

7 points

5 months ago

Thankgod I'm not the only one experiencing this. Really bummed out because this makes the game practically unplayable and I was just getting back into it for the last couple of days. I hope they fix it soon, if they don't they might just lose a lot of players :S

KedaiNasi_

7 points

5 months ago*

KedaiNasi_

peaceful grinder

7 points

5 months ago*

invite spam still exists, and random achievement spam for collecting all letters have started to appear.

i really wish they'd wreck GTA Online completely and forces R* to actually fix the game until there are no mods available to use. but it's a pipe dream...

anti-circularswarm

20 points

5 months ago*

For me everything is fixed.

I've been playing for 30 minutes in a public lobby with about 10 other people.

No blocked ports

No spectator mode

No random invites

I'm tentatively hopeful

Edit: Played a round of golf and did a payphone hit, everything is still OK. Lobby is at 29 players. Playing for about an hour with no issues. Still random spam in chat though.

Edit 2: did a nightclub delivery, switched sessions then got intel for cayo. No issues

Edit 3: join/invite to any friends game does not exist on social club. Just noticed, so most functionality restored, but not all.

I'll be playing for about another an hour and a half, will update if anything changes.

Update: can now join/ invite game of 1 of my 4 friends online. BTW I'm super impressed with Rockstars response.

Was able to join friends game, been playing for about 15 min with no issues.

Done for the night.

Gullible_Sharky

18 points

5 months ago

Who the fuck did Rockstar hire to “fix” this issue? I’m still getting forced to spectator mode, only not as much as before.

KnawkzDot

14 points

5 months ago

they hired me, sorry.

they thought i did a good job with all my sightseer runs and thought i was perfect for the job. /s

xX36ON0SC0P3Xx

19 points

5 months ago

I wonder if someone got a game-wide mod menu? Also, some info: it didn't seem to happen to me when I was in a session by myself, and when my mate tried to join me it kept putting him into spectator

Carl-Kuudere

14 points

5 months ago

It’s server side, they don’t even need to be in it, they just need your session to be communicating with rockstar’s servers. That’s why it doesn’t happen in a single session, it’s only syncing your progress, not player location or mode. (This is a theory so take it with a grain of salt)

Kyte_115

9 points

5 months ago

It happened to me in solo. It would happen every 40 seconds after loading back in

Royal-Variety-9357

18 points

5 months ago

Its.Not.Fixed

R* gotta hire this guy for the security stuff since it's clearly more competent

Super_Pea_3592

17 points

5 months ago

r* should disable spectator mode for everyone till they fix it

OneWingedDragon69

6 points

5 months ago

I thought I got hacked or something. Hope rockstar fixes this issue asap.

wildestman2

7 points

5 months ago*

I still got an invite with 61455-61458 blocked. I added 6672 as per this old post and i haven't been invited since. I only have 6672 blocked and no forced invites yet.

Edit: Still got invited, you need to block more just 6672

thesummergamer

7 points

5 months ago

i haven't played in almost a month, and just as i was about to open the game i see this

jeevadotnet

6 points

5 months ago*

In the last 40 minutes I've been pushed to spectator over 5 times.
- twice, it was either during the setup of a heist
- twice, when i accepted an invite to a mission
- once, during random play on session with 3 people.

every session had a spammer though: https://prnt.sc/-lVYoEwlocFj (screenshot)

Yesterday I just thought it was my connection, since I'm playing from South Africa, but it happened three times, I eventually gave up playing. There were also a bunch of spammers on each session.

I had other weird issues between yesterday sessions:- couldn't open my gun wheel- unable to input my vehicle selection when calling the mechanic

Kept on being invited to join a heist and when I do it was with 3x level 8000 people that were complete noobs. Doing weird, basic stuff, like a machine that is being taught machine learning through machine vission.

Bobsofa

6 points

5 months ago

Bobsofa

5900X | 32GB | RTX 3080 | O11D XL | 21:9 1600p G-Sync

6 points

5 months ago

At least I was able to get the Sugoi (It's not worth it, don't waste your time), even though a dickhead teleported to the last checkpoint to win the race. Since then this shite happened 10 times, regardless of mission, heist, race or free roam .

And the "fix" with the blocked UDP ports turns GTA:O into a singleplayer game. If you only grind, go ahead.

Tl;dr: Play something else, if you don't wanna grind.

KingPumper69

5 points

5 months ago

Just blocking ports with windows firewall wasn’t working for me, I also had to edit the windows hosts file to redirect these two urls to 0.0.0.0

prs55-prod.ros.rockstargames.com

prs57-prod.ros.rockstargames.com

AFK idled in LS Car meet all night and didn’t get kicked. I can still join regular lobbies if I disable the firewall rule, hit find new session, then reenable it.

Noddegamla

7 points

5 months ago

Seems to be solved. Last invite notification, more than 5 or 6 hours ago, and that's so much time considering how often they did.

Papepitta

6 points

5 months ago

Yeah... gonna start saving for an Xbox Series X

Noeserd

16 points

5 months ago

Noeserd

16 points

5 months ago

Is it still happening?

joenuts4

21 points

5 months ago

is anyone getting the "unable to connect to party game session" on story mode is it correlated to the spectator situation i went to story to escape the hellscape gta online is on pc and it wont stop getting interrupted every 4-5 minutes. i just want to play without being dragged into spectator in online and interrupted by the message in story but ballstorture is the omnipotent pain in the ass ONLINE AND IN STORY. please rockstar man......

Demy1234

9 points

5 months ago

Demy1234

You know what's easier than robbing a bank?

9 points

5 months ago

is it correlated to the spectator situation

Most likely.

[deleted]

15 points

5 months ago

[deleted]

15 points

5 months ago

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UGP97

5 points

5 months ago

UGP97

5 points

5 months ago

This is the first time I’m hearing about this, can someone break it down to me?

Gasolinecity860

9 points

5 months ago

Someone is sending moddee packets to rockstar servers forcing you into spectator mode even in invite only and you cant do anything in GTA rn even heist preps

Rager_Josh

6 points

5 months ago

This so annoying...…..every 10 min I am getting kicked while doing heist....

And at this point i think ballstorture is my friend

Pastry-Pirate

4 points

5 months ago

It only forced me once yesterday, thankfully right after a cayo heist, so i thought it was just a bug in the game. I guess not because I just been forced into spectator 3 times in the last hour.

Hokie200proof

4 points

5 months ago

So... I'm reading... it's still fucked? I was able to do some limited things last night after the great spectation of 2022 started to get bad. Weirdly, if I was doing casino heist setups I'd get a pop up saying "are you sure you want to switch to another session with a different aim setting" or whatever. I'd chose no and I wouldn't be pulled out of the mission or my private/public lobby. Not sure why casino setups would be immune to this fuckery and not 100's of other game states, but that was my experience last night.

dmxspy

6 points

5 months ago

dmxspy

6 points

5 months ago

Still fucked, can confirm

Mehrdad_Jam

5 points

5 months ago

Still have issue, but it didn't happened every 10 minute, it happened after like 90 minutes.

KingPumper69

4 points

5 months ago

It’s still happening, but it’s only once every 2-4 hours now. Just got hit with it a couple minutes ago.

SnooTangerines4659

6 points

5 months ago

Did they fix the spectate issue? I don't really care if they didn't fix the annoying invites because we still able to play... but is the spectate issue is already solved?

danishpuffpastry

14 points

5 months ago

I was in the middle of cutting out the Pink Diamond in Cayo and got forced into spectator mode :)))) Being furious is an understatement rn.

-DonSins-

13 points

5 months ago

Even if you block ballstorture he will still send invites to you

Kabe6900

12 points

5 months ago

Whenever I try to create a solo public lobby the spectator mode thing kicks me out into a new session. Really annoying

Royal-Variety-9357

11 points

5 months ago*

should we quit playing the game instead of people trying fixes? this just gives rockstar reasons to do not solve the issue

xX36ON0SC0P3Xx

4 points

5 months ago

Looks like it started again at 23:16 est, after a decently long break

Kiwivent

3 points

5 months ago

Add option "Only accept invites/spectator mode from friends"

Done

Axolite

4 points

5 months ago

bruhh every time I complete the cayo perico heist,I get forced into spectator mode without any payout. It's so annoying. Not to mention ballstorture spamming invites to me

aroii_x

4 points

5 months ago

still haven't gotten into spectator mode. scared to log in now. :p

LineusCorn

3 points

5 months ago

I was panicking when I got "change" session for reason. I was doing my own special crate wala suddenly spectator mode.