Epic Games online store crashes after reports of free ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ offering

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Epic Games’ digital video game store went down as it recorded huge traffic after reports that it was giving the premium edition of “Grand Theft Auto V” for free. 


  • Rumours emerge that Epic Games will offer Grand Theft Auto V free of charge
  • Its games store crashes under the weight of traffic

Users trying to get their hands on the blockbuster action-adventure title took to Twitter to complain that they could only see an error upon opening the website.

The digital store is experiencing slow loading time with the launcher crashing at times, the Fortnite-creator tweeted earlier, adding that it was working on fixing the issues.

A source close to the matter has confirmed that the game is available for free and will be officially announced by Epic once the issues on the website are fixed.

A verified account of Nvidia’s GeForce also tweeted about Epic’s free offering. Grand Theft Auto V uses Nvidia Corp’s GeForce graphic cards to power its high resolution graphics.

Developed by Rockstar Games in 2013, a unit of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc, GTA V is still one of the best-selling games so far this year, according to research firm NPD.

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Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru. Editing by Shailesh Kuber.

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