Rockstar Giving $500K Stimulus to GTA Online Players

Businessman Harold Geneen famously said, “Everyone is paid in two coins: cash and experience. Take the experience first; the cash will come later.”

The cash is indeed coming later for Grand Theft Auto Online players who experienced the buggy, glitchy, character-erasing launch. Rockstar just announced a $500,000 “stimulus package,” a gift of in-game cash meant to make up for the initial (rather expected) issues with GTA Online.

Here’s the deal: if you have or will play Grand Theft Auto Online anytime in the month of October, your fake bank account will be infused with two big deposits from Rockstar.

“In order to keep the current worldwide in-game economy balanced, we will be providing this GTA$ to players via two deposits of $250,000,” Rockstar said in a statement. “We will announce specific dates as soon as possible, but are currently hoping to be able to make the first deposit by the end of next week (after we’ve confirmed that issues causing game progress loss have been fixed) with the second installment to happen by the end of the month. For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”

A few more details on how the Grand Theft Auto Online stimulus package will work:

  • 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 to provide the GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
  • Rockstar 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.

It’s worth noting Rockstar plans to charge $7 in real world cash for $500,000 in in-game cash once all the kinks are worked out and microtransactions are up and running.

And if you’re looking for a place to spend your stimulus cash, make sure to check out our GTA Online: Home & Business Buying Guide.

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3 Comments on Rockstar Giving $500K Stimulus to GTA Online Players


On October 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

This is a great idea. With as much trouble as people are having even playing the game, there could easily be a big disparity based primarily on whether people could even log on. Throw in that people have entirely lost characters, and it is worth it to do something to get them to try again.


On October 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

once 500,000 is 7 bucks, robbing stores online and doing missions or anything are going to be so pointless…


On October 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Not really you still need to level up to buy the better things.