Some players have been hitting the jackpot in Grand Theft Auto Online, but not in the Diamond Casino & Resort like most people would think. Instead, these players have been receiving the promised free $500,000 from Rockstar just from logging in to Grand Theft Auto Online, something which is available to all players who log in to the game during the month of April. This $500,000 payment is a direct deposit into the player’s Maze Bank account, and is supposed to only happen once, although recent reports have indicated this process may be bugged.
Grand Theft Auto Online is no stranger to bugs and glitches, but thankfully the majority of them have tended to be less serious than the two-headed skeletons which arrived in GTA Online’s counterpart, Red Dead Online. One of the more entertaining bugs in GTA Online has seen the return of a glitch which was previously only possible in Grand Theft Auto IV, where driving a car into one particular section of the game’s landscape would send it flying into the air as if snapped by a giant rubber band. This newest glitch, however, is far more profitable, at least for some players.
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As brought to light in the Grand Theft Auto section of Reddit, multiple users have reported getting paid their $500,000 not only once, but multiple times. Reddit user u/Mattelon shared an image (embedded below) of his desktop PC with the congratulatory message from Rockstar on the screen, stating in the subject line of the post that it was the “3rd time this week” such a deposit had been made. In the comments, other users reported similar experiences, with one user even replying that they had received the message “4 times but I only got money 3 times.“
Other users also reported having gotten the message upon logging in more than once, but not getting any extra money. However, one user, u/bing-ching, has stated that “I didn’t get it at all and have been playing all month,” and another, u/Wolfy0507, also said “I don’t think I’ve gotten it once and I’ve been playing each day,” indicating whatever issues are currently going on with GTA Online‘s login bonus isn’t only beneficial, but is also causing some players to go without the bonus completely.
While there’s nothing wrong with some players accidentally receiving more money than was intended (it is fake money, after all) the reports of players not getting the bonus at all is more disheartening. Hopefully, even though Rockstar is working remotely they will figure out what is going on with the Grand Theft Auto Online login glitches soon, and even though a fix may ruin player chances at getting double and even triple payouts, it would be worth it if everyone else who is playing receives the promised half a million dollars as well.
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Christopher J. Teuton is an author, journalist, film director, producer, and video game developer based out of Savannah, GA, in the United States. He has developed multiple short story collections as well as two video games and one award-winning short film, and his Savannah-based media company Filthy & Free Publishing is responsible for a number of music videos, tours, books, and digital/physical media produced in the southeastern United States, including the popular two player sword-fighting card game, En Carde. Periodic updates on Filthy & Free Publishing’s latest projects, as well as unscripted and generally informative video game analyses, let’s plays, and retrospectives/spotlights are available via Filthy & Free Publishing’s YouTube page, and locally-produced physical media such as books, CDs, and En Carde decks can be purchased at filthyandfreepublishing.com.
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