Rockstar Gifting All GTA Online Players $500,000 (In-Game) Following Buggy Start

If you bought Grand Theft Auto 5 when it launched back in September, you almost certainly experienced some sort of error or issue if you tried to hop onto the multiplayer component “GTA Online”. These issues persisted for weeks, and now as the game’s developer Rockstar is finally managing to sort them all out, the company has decided to gift all players with $500,000 of in-game currency.

The money from this “stimulus package” will be given to players in two payments of $250,000, with the first payment expected to be dropped straight into your online player’s bank account by the end of next week, and the second payment coming closer to the end of the month.

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’s some additional information Rockstar gave regarding how the payments will work:

* 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.

If GTA Online has continuously been deleting your game’s character and progress, at least you can now buy a nice apartment to sob in.

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