Issues with GTA Online? Rockstar is giving you $500,000 in compensation

Since Rockstar launched GTA Online earlier this month, players have been overwhelmed with seemingly endless issues. Users have complained of problems with loading the game, freezing and performance issues and, in some cases, an ability to even connect to the game's servers. 

Last week, the company released a major update to address these woes, followed by a further patch yesterday, and while gameplay isn't quite perfect yet, many of the issues have apparently been resolved. Rockstar is keenly aware of the frustrations of those who have been affected by the problems, though, and intends to give half a million dollars to each of those players. 

Alas, as you've probably worked out, that isn't real-world currency - damn it - but rather in-game money. But bear in mind that it would cost you $10 USD or £6.99 GBP in real, hard-earned money to purchase a Bull Shark Cash Card loaded with $500,000 to spend in and around Los Santos. While it's not quite the same as having a cool half-mil in your real wallet, a free gift worth ten bucks is still a welcome gesture from Rockstar. 

You will need to have played GTA Online at some point this month in order to qualify for what the company is calling its "stimulus package", and you won't get it all at once. Rockstar says that it needs to "keep the in-game economy balanced", so the virtual funds will be transferred to players' accounts in two $250,000 deposits. Details of when payments are made will be shared on the Rockstar Newswire. 

Gamers will also need to install a future update (1.04), which is due to land next week, and which is expected to resolve most, if not all, of the remaining performance issues and glitches with GTA Online. 

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Just because you would have had to spend $10 to buy half a million in the game doesn't at all means half a million in game money is actually worth 10$.

for rockstar they're basically not losing anything by giving it away. As opposed to companies like MS that have given away real cash or games or EA that offered a choice of game with their online issues.

HawkMan said,
EA that offered a choice of game with their online issues.

Giving away old games that have additional DLC to be purchased for it? Doesn't sound generous to me.

I was planning on buying some Shark cards since I don't have nearly enough time to invest in it, so this will help.

which will promptly be taken from you when you sign on my campers and other nefarious folks that just run around killing people the whole time.

Kyle said,
Only if they inflate the prices in the virtual economy to match it.

They will need to, you can't simply issue the Print Money edict and expect no consequences.

gonchuki said,

They will need to, you can't simply issue the Print Money edict and expect no consequences.

Can I call you Ben Bernanke?

I dunno. This kinda breaks the progression a little doesn't it. I've been playing and playing, trying to save up for my first apartment.

Kyle said,
well if you farm missions you can get 500k in 56 missions. So it's not that hard.

Holy crap! Thats a lot of missions! ...for me anyway. Finding time to play is tough. That said, maybe the 500k will help me keep up with the younger crowd that plays all day.

Kyle said,
well if you farm missions you can get 500k in 56 missions. So it's not that hard.

Damn. I played 12 hours last night and only made 85K. Then again I'm at the point where I only make 1-3k per mission. Went from lvl 10 to 18.

When you unlock Martin's first actual mission, right after you beat it, call him and ask for a job again. You make 9000 each time you do the mission.

Kyle said,
When you unlock Martin's first actual mission, right after you beat it, call him and ask for a job again. You make 9000 each time you do the mission.

I think that's been reduced to $3000 now. Myself and some mates just kept replying that mission for about an hour and made 500k, got a nice apartment and car so have just been enjoying the on-line mode without worrying about money now.

Yeah. A lot of people playing this game forget that there are people who worked a full time job to pay for the game, and need to be at work all day not playing games.

I already own the 400k apartment and all the clothes so I guess I will start upgrading my guns and buying cars?

Rockstar says this is for "all players" of GTA Online, and hasn't made any caveats related to specific regions, so it looks like we Brits will get it too