Grand Theft Auto Online Released; Users Expected to Flood Website

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Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 10:47 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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The online version of Grand Theft Auto V was launched by Rockstar Games on Tuesday, giving gamers the opportunity to play an updated version of the video game that has become a runaway hit.

Rockstar Games gave fans the lowdown on how to access Grand Theft Auto Online and compete against other gamers on Monday.

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"You’re still punching through the solo experience?" said Mark Peckham, Time magazine's music and games tech correspondent. "So am I, friends, so am I, and I probably will be for months to come. But hark, October 1 won’t wait, and while we teeter on the brink of a government shutdown, Rockstar’s about to destroy (or at least modestly cripple) the interwebs with a downloadable 'GTA Online' update as who knows how many millions of players scramble to sign in and see what Rockstar’s been cooking." announced that Grand Theft Auto V reached $1 billion in worldwide sales in three days, blowing past Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which took 15 days to reach the global $1 billion, and The Avengers, which hit $1 billion in 19 days.

"Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told in a statement. "We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V."

Some gamers took to Twitter to crack jokes about the federal government shutdown and the start of GTA Online.

BBC News reported that Grand Theft Auto V may be a victim of its own success with its online release, as Rockstar Games has scrambled to get more servers up and running in anticipation of users flooding the website. 

"At a conservative estimate I would expect about two million players to log on to GTA Online within the first 24 hours," Keza MacDonald, UK games editor for, told BBC News.

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