In an effort to appease players who have gone through more than their fair share of difficulty trying to simply play 'GTA Online,' developer Rockstar will be awarding a massive $500,000 in in-game cash to anyone who has been playing the game since its launch on Oct. 1.
There have been an inordinate amount of issues with 'GTA Online,' which is the multiplayer component of 'GTA V.' For nearly the first two full days, it was virtually impossible to connect and stay connected to the game servers for longer than a few minutes. Even after the connection issues were solved, there have been widespread reports of players losing their in-game money, cars or even their characters, in which case they lose all of the above as well.
To its credit, Rockstar has been quick about issuing patches to fix the issues, and gifting half a million dollars to players is more generous than most companies would be in the same situation. After a number of issues an tweaks, the game is much more stable than it was, with Rockstar promising that characters should no longer disappear as long as a few precautions are taken.
The plan is for the money to be rolled out in two waves of $250,000 each, and the first wave should make its way into players in-game bank accounts by the end of next week. In order to be eligible for the stimulus package, players will need to log in to 'GTA Online' before the end of October.
Rockstar's main goal is clearly to persuade players who had given up on the game to come back and give it another try now that most of the kinks have been ironed out. However, it will have the additional side effect of making the grind of maxing out a character a bit more palatable, as it will now be possible to have a nicer car from the outset, or keeping stocks of ammunition will be less of an issue.
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