Grand Theft Auto Servers Face Problems: GTA V Online Release Date Demand Overloads Servers

Grand Theft Auto Servers have struggled to cope with the surge of demand as GTA V online was released this week.

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The launch provided users with an online multiplayer version of the blockbuster title. It was available to users, 17 years old or older, who have already purchased a retail copy of GTA V.

An overview of the game on its website promotes: "Grand Theft Auto Online is a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players that begins by sharing gameplay features, geography and mechanics with Grand Theft Auto V, but will continue to expand and evolve after its launch with new content created by Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto community.

"Grand Theft Auto Online takes the fundamental Grand Theft Auto concepts of freedom, ambient activity and mission-based gameplay and makes them available to multiple players in an incredibly detailed and responsive online world," reads the overview in the game's website.

The game's creators have allowed players the opportunity to customize characters, collect cars and purchase real state.

However, the record breaking selling game sparked so much interest that the servers for the game were inundated and that resulted in significant problems for users hoping to download the online game.

Rockstar Games apologized on Twitter after receiving complaints from gamers who experienced difficulties.

@RockstarGames posted: "For those trying to get into GTA Online today, please bear w/ us on some day one tech connection issues that we're working to stabilize asap."

The problems were predicted by makers, and last week, the studio preemptively warned players of the potential issues likely to crop up: "One thing we are already aware of, and are trying to alleviate as fast as we can, is the unanticipated additional pressure on the servers due to a significantly higher number of players than we were anticipating at this point."

The posting added, "We are working around the clock to buy and add more servers, but this increased scale is only going to make the first few days even more temperamental than such things usually are."