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Rockstar Games is giving every player of Grand Theft Auto Online half a million in-game cash to make up for its rocky start.

Since GTA Online's launch on October 1, there have been all kinds of problems, mostly related to the huge popularity and the large number of users that brings. Since then, performance has improved and Rockstar announced a "stimulus package" as an apology for Los Santos players who went online this month. Half a million in GTA$ is about to be dropped into each and every player's bank account starting this week.

To keep the economy from going all out of wack, cash drops will happen in two waves of $250,000 starting at the end of next week and finishing out 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," Rockstar said.

The fine print:

  • 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.

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[Via Eurogamer]