Grand Theft Auto V is free on PC… and it broke the Epic Games Store.
When conducting a sale, it’s always best to make sure your servers can handle anything that can be lobbed your way. Epic Games learned that the hard way when its 2018-launched game store simply couldn’t handle the traffic generated by their latest free game, Grand Theft Auto V, which is still free until Thursday
Plenty of people are locked away in their homes either scared of going outside or simply have nothing better to do. Naturally, with gaming itself a huge time killer, many’s inner-gamers are coming out of the woodworks to fend off boredom. Epic Games has always been kind enough to offer its users a free game or two every week, much to the chagrin of its competition, which either can’t compete with its weekly model, opting for a monthly one instead or lock that behind a subscription, like PlayStation Plus or Origin Access.
With Grand Theft Auto V this week’s big free game, no doubt this spike in traffic is due to the sale. Because of this major sale, electing tons of people to sign up or sign in and claim their free copy, the site saw issues. That said, Epic was aware of this and went about fixing it. This is the big problem with sales of this caliber, you need to be prepped for anything and – fact of the matter – they should have expected millions of users to be taking advantage of the sale and prepped for that.
Touted as one of the biggest games this decade, 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V consistently made it on charts for the most-downloaded PS4 games of any given month. Its userbase doesn’t just extend to the consoles, though, millions of users gather on PC to compete in races, seasonal events, and other fun goodies that they offer in their GTA Online.
Despite the age of the game, Rockstar has been very active in maintaining the flagship franchise.
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