Players who tried to access Grand Theft Auto Online in October will be given GTA$ as compensation for their troubles.
The launch problems with Grand Theft Auto Online are, by this point, well documented. After the game went live, players experienced a myriad of problems ranging from connectivity issues to bugs that would completely delete your character and game progress if they were unfortunate enough to be among the affected.
Rockstar, in turn, has been working hard to fix the problems, a process that it believes it may be getting a handle on. Recognizing that its players were pretty grossly inconvenienced by the game's issues however, the developer has decided to give users a whopping $500,000 worth of in-game cash to help make up for it.
"We will be providing this GTA$ to players via two deposits of $250,000," announced Rockstar. "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." The total sum is being split up to help maintain the balance of the in-game economy.
There are a few caveats to this giveaway, however. "You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify," said Rockstar. Players will also need to install an upcoming update which should fix the bulk of GTA Online's ongoing problems. Beyond this "there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem" the offer.