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Grand Theft Auto Online Stalls Out Big Time
Grand Theft Auto Online Stalls Out Big Time

By Seth Fitzgerald
October 1, 2013 1:49PM

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There are a slew of tweets from gamers who have been unable to even log into Grand Theft Auto Online because of overloaded servers that couldn't even keep up with the traffic just a few minutes after the video game went live. Maker Rockstar has already apologized and has said that it will be coming out with a fix shortly.

With $800 million worth of Grand Theft Auto V copies sold in just one day, there are millions of gamers currently trying to get onto Rockstar Games' latest creation, Grand Theft Auto Online. Of course, since the servers can only handle so much, almost no one was able to log into the game after its 7 a.m. Eastern launch.

Even with Rockstar acknowledging that there would be (and are) issues with overloaded servers, online game launches always tend to cause some trouble, as we have seen with titles such as SimCity, which was pretty much unplayable for days.

Millions of Gamers

Every person who bought Grand Theft Auto V was given the ability to access GTA Online for free, meaning that with more than 500 missions present in the new title, there are tons of people that will try to access Rockstar's servers.

According to current statistics, GTA 5 has sold around 15 million copies and it is safe to say that at least 5 million of those buyers will be trying to get onto GTA Online. Knowing this, Rockstar predicted that there would be some hiccups in the GTA Online launch and so far, the prediction has become reality.

There are a slew of tweets from gamers who have been unable to even log into GTA Online because of overloaded servers that couldn't even keep up with the traffic just a few minutes after the game went live. Rockstar has already apologized and has said that it will be coming out with a fix shortly. Reportedly, part of that fix is going to be buying tons of extra GTA Online servers.

"For those trying to get into GTA Online today, please bear w/ us on some day one tech connection issues that we're working to stabilize asap," said Rockstar in a tweet earlier this morning.

What's All the Fuss About?

So why are people so excited to get online and play the new GTA game? Well, for fans of the series, there are quite a few reasons why playing GTA Online should be absolutely amazing.

The setting of GTA Online is a few months before the main storyline present in GTA 5 and therefore ties into the main story, meaning that Rockstar is not opting to sell GTA Online as a standalone title.

Upon launching GTA Online, "which requires a relatively small download to get going," players will be able to customize their characters before trying to find a game session. Attempting to find an available session is what has been the most difficult for the majority of gamers trying to get onto the GTA Online servers.

For the most part, GTA Online is the same as GTA 5 but allows people to play with other gamers instead of by themselves in single-player mode. For now, trying to get onto the game throws you into a literal character queue, with no end in sight.

Tell Us What You Think


very disappointed:

Posted: 2013-10-03 @ 4:38am PT
Rockstar, I am very ashamed of how you still have not got servers up. I am the only person out of my friends who hasn't played online. I know servers cost money, but step it up Rockstar. People want to play the online. Fix the servers....:(

Oh Well:

Posted: 2013-10-02 @ 12:36pm PT
I know we are all disappointed in Rockstar failing to launch GTA Online (including me) but give them a break. They are already working on it to be fixed. Do you know how hard and long it is to make these kind of games? At least you HAVE GTA V and were able to play the Single player which was pretty cool. Just be patient a little longer.

Ohh yeaaaa:

Posted: 2013-10-02 @ 4:46am PT
First day of trying to login was a complete fail...tried for an hour and got the same results. Have friends who login with no problem. It is disappointing to me and other fans who have purchased this 60$game. Beat the game in 3 days and nothing left to do but play online with freinds.. I'm a big freind of Rockstar games. Plz try to step it up.


Posted: 2013-10-02 @ 3:23am PT
Between the let downs of singleplayer, and false (or rather, obscure) advertising of features and the total plunder of Online mode at day one... that's not cool, Rockstar.

I get that your servers are having trouble keeping up, but you couldn't even instance the FIRST, UNSKIPABLE TUTORIAL RACE to find a session correctly?

Shitty character customization that makes every face looks like a Neanderthal meth addict... bullted, lazily done singleplayer features... this game is a joke!


Posted: 2013-10-02 @ 2:26am PT
i love this game


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 11:16pm PT
A large number of people were disappointed today, especially that we paid $60 for it. I was so excited for the online =(


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 10:27pm PT


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 9:32pm PT
I went through all the character customization steps twice today, just to have it wiped out by an 'unable to connect' error. They sell $800 million worth of this game and still aren't prepared for that same large pool of customers to try and use one of its most highly touted features? I think they were trying to get by with as little server capacity as possible, and on falling below the threshold one would consider adequate so they could then bump it up based on actual demand.

At the end of the day, whether the servers are down or merely underperforming, we have a situation where millions of people have paid 100's of millions for something they were promised and didn't get.


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 8:17pm PT
There is absolutely no excuse for this. GTF off of Rockstar's nuts. They knew GTA V was going to be big and they knew a lot of people were going to want to play GTA Online as soon as it launched. Like previous posters stated, this happens a lot and Rockstar should've paid attention to previous server issues with other games at launch. It is BS and there is NO valid excuse. Rockstar should've been more prepared. This is ridiculous.


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 7:05pm PT
Stupid. The servers shouldn't be down. If they were expecting, why didn't they prepare for it?


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 6:20pm PT
Smart ..

A guy with a brain.:

Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 5:24pm PT
The author clearly said about 5 million people are going try to get on, yes this will cause major issues with the servers. I don't understand why everyone is so butthurt about having to wait maybe another day or 2 to play online. Be considerate of the people at rockstar. I'm sure they're trying their best to get the servers up. People bitching and complaining to them about obvious issues isn't going to make the servers get going any faster.


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 4:56pm PT
They should have known that everyone wanted to play the game online. They didn't think far ahead they should of looked at how many copies were sold, then got all the servers they need. Most of my friends are online. I am the only one that has been left out it. It has been a waste of my time.

larry m:

Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 2:48pm PT
This is a joke. I've been up since 7 a.m. for this. Haven't played gta since SA not this bull happens.

Brandon L:

Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 2:19pm PT
There is no queue, author. Simply if I could wait in a queue that would be great go eat or go to the any store any distance and come back to find myself login would be great. I have a feeling they limited how many could be simultaneously connected so those lucky few who were early are playing if still logged.

This is a joke. First impressions matter, so they should have released Online alongside the SP because everyone who finished, or bored of SP wants to go online today at the same time.

Yes, ultimately gaming companies take a risk on servers since there very expensive as such do not take the risk of increasing servers lately in recent years. This issues will resolve itself when people give up trying to log in, and when a sufficient number of people quit the game will work perfectly. Watched this with blizzard, square enix, activision and take two/ rockstar.

Whatever the financial cost of having too many servers then needed ever in the games entire lifespan, then closing servers as needed is better than trying to play catch up essentially making launches into what alpha beta testing use to be.

Those who wish to play know it will because others stopped playing, not because Rockstar did anything special.


Posted: 2013-10-01 @ 2:03pm PT
These problems happened with other titles that were released so why did they not anticipate this and be ready for it?

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