Epic Games team had been teasing fans with a new free ‘mystery game’ on the Epic Games Store this whole week before accidentally revealing on May 14 that the free game title was, in fact, the Rockstar smash, GTA 5.
Since GTA went live yesterday, there has been a massive amount of traffic on the company servers with GTA fans rushing to the Epic Games Store to get their free copy of GTA 5. And as one could imagine, this led to huge load on the servers with many fans encountering 500 errors and slow loading times, among other issues. The site has also been flashing '403 Forbidden' message to a number of visitors. Here's how some of the fans reacted on Twitter:
me: tryna get GTA 5— 🇧🇪Max Farkas🇭🇺 CEO Of Rollercoasters (@ThatOneTechFur) May 14, 2020
epic game store: *403 forbidden*
I see the game name İts GTA 5 Pre Edition— Berkay November Yorga (@BKYorga) May 14, 2020
but launcher and website is down
And what is the: 403 Forbidden ???
Epic Games soon acknowledged the issue on its Twitter and assured fans that the team has been working to fix the issue. Here's the tweet:
We are currently experiencing high traffic on the Epic Games Store.— Epic Games Store (@EpicGames) May 14, 2020
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.
The company followed up with another statement to notify users that the team has deployed updates to provide resolution for the issues that have been faced by users. It further added that most users should now be able to access the Epic Games Store and Launcher without any trouble. The company also assured fans that they will continue to monitor traffic on the platform and provide updates if any further issues are encountered.
At the time of writing, most of the issues have been resolved for many so it is recommended that you restart your system and try reinstalling the game.
Image credits: Rockstar Games