With Grand Theft Auto 5 being given away for free on the Epic Games Store today, the digital store has been receiving a substantial amount of traffic. It is getting so much traffic, in fact, that it has completely crashed before the game was even made available, which is even leading to problems for those trying to play Fortnite through the Epic Games launcher.
We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store.
We are aware that users may be encountering slow loading times, 500 errors, or launcher crashing at this time and we are actively working to scale. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can.
— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) May 14, 2020
The official Epic Games Store Twitter account announced that it was experiencing higher-than-normal traffic, which can result in a few different issues for customers. These range from long loading times, the launcher completely crashing, or a “500” error message. GameSpot even had error messages appear in different languages when we attempted to connect.
GTA 5 is certainly popular enough to solicit that much attention, and it’s free until June 11 on the Epic Games Store. The game is one of the most profitable pieces of entertainment in history and still routinely shows up on monthly top 10 sales charts, despite the fact that it released more than six years ago. On PC, mods are enabled, making it a (potentially) even crazier version of the game than the console editions.
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