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Rockstar announces compensation for GTA Online problems

Rockstar is to gift in-game cash to GTA 5 players as compensation for GTA Online’s troubled launch. Qualifying players will receive half a million GTA$ (worth £6.75) in two deposits designed to keep the in-game economy balanced. Rockstar hopes to make the first one by the end of next week, once it has confirmed that issues causing game progress loss have been fixed, and the second one by the end of the month.

The studio said in a post on Rockstar Newswire: "For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet." Here are some additional details on how the “stimulus package” will be delivered:

  • You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.
  • Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTAV title update which we expect to happen next week. That title update (1.04) is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which we'll be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
  • We will announce at the Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.
  • Each of the two GTA$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.

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7 comments

  • awesomesauce - October 12, 2013 6:59 a.m.

    government shutdown compenstion, gta edition
  • usmovers_02 - October 11, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    I never paid real cash for in game cash but I DID lose money that I spent hours earning via playing the game. I hope people like me qualify.
  • dangerdunne - October 11, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    I was kind of hoping for like half price DLC but at-least they did something. If it was EA they would just sit around rubbing their nipples with pleasure that their servers are down!!
  • larkan - October 11, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    While that may seem like a lot of money, it would really only entitle you to buy a nice apartment and a semi decent car, or a really nice car. Choppers and tanks are well over the $1 mil mark, but this is a good start. I don't think this will break the economy, as most upgrades are locked to rank instead of cash. It will be nice to jump in and have a bit of a head start, as I know for myself I would've probably had half of that amount if I would have played while it was broken.
  • SirManguydude - October 11, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    If they gave everyone more than the 500k, it would break the Bawsaq. That is what they mean by economy.
  • cosmiccatnip - October 11, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    Man, I hate it when the Bawsaq breaks. I heard there needs to be a lot of bailout money to make sure the Bawsaq doesn't drop.

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