GTA Online had some netcode issues plaguing players on its rollout, resulting in a number of patches being released in order to stabilize the experience. Aside from working to fix these issues, Rockstar Games is also rewarding players for not abandoning them during the rough launch. To show their affection, the developers are making it rain in the bank accounts of GTA Online players everywhere. Called “the stimulus package,” will be in the form of digital money–no, not Bitcoin-in the amount of half a million dollars.
The money will be dispersed via two virtual deposits; each for $250,000. To qualify for Rockstar’s thank you, players must meet the following criteria:
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$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.
For those who qualify, but haven’t received their money, Rockstar offers the following:
We expect that it will take up to 2 full days for the Stimulus Package to be fully delivered to the entire player base from October 2013, so please be patient if you do not see it appearing in your in-game bank account just yet. We will update this post on Friday when we expect all the GTA$ Stimulus Package deposits to have been completed.
With all of that in mind, what do you plan on doing with all that digital money? Did Rockstar go far enough to make up for their launch day blues?