Take-Two Interactive Software (TTWO) is trying to placate anger over a rough start to the online version of its popular Grand Theft Auto video game by paying users in currency usable only in it game’s digital world.
The company’s Rockstar Games division announced that it will give players “a cool half a million in GTA$” for their troubles. GTA$ is online currency that can be used to purchase equipment and accessories within the game, MediaBistro notes.
Grand Theft Auto 5 was an immediate, record-setting hit when it landed on store shelves last month, generating sales of $800 million in just 24 hours.
The launch of the massive, multiplayer online version of the game was expected to draw heavy interest from gamers, but the company’s servers were overwhelmed by the volume, leading users to experience problems logging on.
Rockstar Games advises players not to spend their half a million GTA$ “in one place” as they navigate the game’s missions of gleeful mayhem and theft.
Shares of Take-Two Interactive Software rose modestly in Wednesday morning trading.