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'GTA V' online play suffers outage following Epic Games Store giveaway

It apparently couldn't keep up with the surge of demand.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
May 17, 2020
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Epic Games’ GTA V giveaway caused chaos beyond Epic’s own games store. Rockstar is warning of problems accessing GTA V for PC and the company’s Games Launcher due to “extremely high player volumes.” We’ve asked the developer for comment, but it doesn’t take much to guess what prompted the crush of new players — the Epic Games Store freebie may have led to a flood of new players who are trying the game for the first time this weekend.

Rockstar was “actively working” to restore service as of this writing.

There have been high-profile Epic giveaways in the past, but this was arguably the biggest to date given GTA V’s enduring popularity. Moreover, titles like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate are focused on solo play where GTA V has a large multiplayer component in the form of GTA Online. That combination of demand and internet play virtually guaranteed added strain on Rockstar’s servers — it’s just a question of whether or not Rockstar was prepared (or even could prepare) for the spike in demand.

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