Is GTA Online down? Players report problems with Rockstar servers

Published: 20/May/2020 13:47 Updated: 20/May/2020 15:35

by Connor Bennett


Players have been reporting problems with getting into GTA Online and other Rockstar Games services. So, here is where you can monitor any potential issues.

Since GTA V went free on the Epic Games store, new players have been flooding to the near-decade old title and running riot on the streets of Los Santos – though there were a few issues with the game going free. 

As the Rockstar servers have taken a battering from the influx of new players, fans have been reporting issues with the online services. Each time they log in, there are either greeted with the dreaded ‘Rockstar game services aren’t available at this time’ message or just cannot move around the city once they get in. 

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Players have been flooding to GTA Online since GTA V went free on Epic.

GTA Online server status: May 20


Just like a few days previous, the Rockstar Games servers appeared to be down. According to Down Detector, a website that monitors issues related to Grand Theft Auto Online and other games, there was a spike in server problem reports.

That said, the official Rockstar server status page showed no problems at all, which is a little strange.

Down Detector
According to Down Detector, players – chiefly in the UK – are reporting server issues in GTA.

Not being able to play is annoying but for many, it’s also especially annoying when you’re trying to get online and conduct your daily free spin at the Diamond Casino and Resort’s lucky wheel. 


A few hours later, Down Detector has confirmed that all is now well in the world of GTA Online – meaning players should be able to connect as normal.

Down Detector
Now, it looks like whatever issues people were experiencing have been solved.

If problems continue to escalate, you’ll be able to find regular updates on this article – though, we’ll also let you know if things get straightened out so that you can get back to running around Los Santos and earning some serious cash.


GTA Online players’ attempt to race without tires ends in disaster

Published: 19/Jan/2021 18:03

by Michael Gwilliam


GTA Online is home to some of the best shenanigans in gaming, and two players’ attempt to race their cars without tires is a perfect example of craziness that goes down in San Andreas.

Races in GTA Online are pretty self-explanatory – get from point A to point B before your opponent can to win. Of course, having a better car with superior speeds and handling can pay dividends. But what about racing without tires?

Two players decided to try that out and the results speak for themselves. As you can see in the Reddit clip uploaded by user viscouslance, it’s a far cry from the intense racing you may have come to expect from Grand Theft Auto.

With each player driving at a pace that is likely miles below the speed limit, it’s more akin to watching turtle races than the latest Fast and Furious movie.

GTA online stock cars racing
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Races in GTA are normally done with tires.

Hilariously though, right as the “race” began to get a bit interesting with both players neck-and-neck, the red car smashed into oncoming traffic resulting in a multi-car collision.

Even without tires and a relatively low speed, the red car started flying, spinning and doing barrel rolls like it was a Star Fox game.

At this point the video ended, but viscouslance did provide some additional details on what happened during the rest of the race.

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“We did probably 3 quarters I’d say from where we started to the facility at the top left corner of the map,” they explained.

The tireless adventures aren’t stopping at just cars either. As the user noted, they plan on trying races with tireless buses and eventually motorcycles.

As for why the two players decided to race without tires, it just comes down to keeping GTA feel fresh all these years later.

GTA Online leak next-gen consoles
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GTA Online doesn’t have to be all about heists.

“We do stuff like this all the time to keep our interest in the game. It’s sorta why I’ve been playing for all these years,” they said.

If this race is any indication of what’s to come, we can’t wait to see what happens when the two try their luck with buses or motorcycles.