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GTA 5 on PC is now free on the Epic Store

GTA 5 on PC is now free on the Epic Store

GTA 5 is now free to download from the Epic Games Store, which means it’s yours to keep forever if you snag it before May 21. It is now available to download here if you have an Epic Games Store account, though demand is so high that Epic is struggling to meet demand for the time being, so you might struggle to load the page until that’s fixed.

How to get GTA 5 on PC for free

In order to be ready to nab GTA 5 on PC for free, you’ll need to download the Epic Games Store launcher and create an Epic Games account, which you can do at the official Epic Games website.

From there, simply scroll down to the ‘Free Games’ section of the store. Based on the timer on Epic’s site, GTA 5 should unlock on May 14 at 8am PT/11am ET. You’ll have until May 21 to secure the game for free.

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    MJ Reply
    May 14, 2020 @ 20:29

    403 Forbidden

    Can’t access the page.

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    CJ Reply
    May 14, 2020 @ 21:53

    Epic store website has crashed. It probably couldn’t handle all the incoming web traffic.

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      May 15, 2020 @ 15:20

      Im not surprised. Thats one of the flaws of Epic games and why many people prefer Steam. They have very little bandwith management. Well, ive been installing the game for 3 hours now and it is at 16%. LOL. Im afraid i will need the entire day to just install this… ridiculous :p

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    May 14, 2020 @ 22:39

    LOL, good news I guess for those who like getting games, especially “free games” from the Epic store. I recently tested the store page (not from the link posted above the comments on this page of the site), but from the actual store page on Epic Games, and I did not experience any 403 messages or had any other issues with accessing or seeing the game being offered for free.

    Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition is what is currently being offered for free on the Epic Games Store, and here is what’s included, along with the direct link to the store page below:
    The $1,000,000 bonus cash in GTA Online included with the Premium Edition as part of the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack may take up to 7-10 days after the player’s first session in GTA Online to be reflected in their in-game User Account. This bonus cash is only available to first-time Starter Pack owners.

    The Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition includes the complete GTAV story, Grand Theft Auto Online and all existing gameplay upgrades and content. You’ll also get the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, the fastest way to jumpstart your criminal empire in GTA Online.

    Direct Link to store page to get the free game:

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      Mr.B Reply
      May 15, 2020 @ 16:24

      Your account is unable to download any more free games at this time.

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        MrSamurai Reply
        May 18, 2020 @ 20:28

        I have the same problem
        Looks like you need to wait for 24 hours and then try again

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    eu Reply
    May 15, 2020 @ 00:54

    Thanks Tahnks !!!

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    May 15, 2020 @ 04:02

    You’re Welcome, you’re welcome. 🙂

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    BRM Reply
    May 15, 2020 @ 07:44

    FREEE, i spend money to buy this game on steam, you give free, **** epic store

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      May 15, 2020 @ 14:21

      They give a lot of stuff free over the year. This is not new. Specially if you use unreal engine, they basically give tons of free assets along every month. Its insane. Thats why i like epic. But again, not going to download this only because i hate having gaming managers in the backend, specially more than one.

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    May 15, 2020 @ 14:20

    I really appreciate it, really. But im not willing to “download” it from the epic store only because its a pain in the ass, and i hate gaming front ends, thats the reason i hate using steam, for example. So, i was never a fan of this game, so i guess i will pass. If it was on steam, i would since i already have other bought steam games and well, they will be all together. But having epic launcher and steam at the same time… hell no. Its too much already.

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    Bob Reply
    May 15, 2020 @ 14:38

    To receive free games you need to use two-factor authorization.

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    May 15, 2020 @ 15:18

    I finally decided to install it. After hours, 16 % installed. I knew Epic is famous for limiting a lot the bandwith for their games and downloads but this is ridiculous.

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    May 16, 2020 @ 00:50

    I noticed some of the opinions and thoughts you shared about Epic Games Store in some of your comments including your bad experience with what you say you spent hours on waiting to have installed, and the game installation you say was only at 16%. You also stated that Epic Games is notorious for limiting a lot of their bandwidth when it comes to downloading games from their digital store services. Now, given the fact that I can not clearly verify this myself, since I have never used or bought any games directly from Epic Games Store; I am more of a Steam and GOG user, and I have a small library of games with the latter (GOG) being completely DRM-Free is something I like and have grown found of because of GOG’s interesting selection of games and their commitment to staying true to their NO-DRM policy for their games, and you don’t even need to be connected to the GOG Galaxy client to play any games that you have in your library.

    Getting back on topic, I would be interested in knowing if you could provide some sort of credible and factual source to back up your claim that Epic Games Store actually limits a lot of their bandwidth which hinders and creates issues for it’s customers and account holders who buy from their digital services. Keep in mind, that just like any other digital online game retailer, if Epic Games Store was deliberately limiting their bandwidth resources for delivering the games people buy through their digital store, then not only would there be a lot of complaints and backlash seen among it’s existing customers, but it would also spread rapidly like wildfire through reviews, forums, and other social media outlets, and that kind of bad Public Relation would force Epic Games Store straight out of business.

    Also, in the poor experience you’ve had with downloading a game from the Epic Games Store, it is quite possible that the issue may not be directly related to what you claim or think it may be in terms of bandwidth limitation. You can not rule out the possibility that the Client (Download Manager) may be flawed in design, or could possibly be outdated and may be having issues. This could be a likely cause, and I myself have experienced this once with Steam’s own Client (Download Manager), which was later resolved with a simple Client update, and Steam’s own pause and resume download feature.
    I have also personally experienced one time having downloaded a game through Steam that was at 50 % completion and I was currently playing an online multiplayer game at the time which through my own fault was affecting my ping, so naturally I had to stop the online game short to have my download from Steam completely finish.

    Sometimes it can even come down to your own ISP and how honest they are, (providing that they do not throttle your bandwidth at high peak periods when bandwidth resources become strained). If you are not on an Unlimited Internet Plan, then this can be a possible cause for slow downloads too.

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    May 16, 2020 @ 01:46

    To know whether or not your ISP is reliable and trustworthy when it comes to your own Bandwidth usage, and they aren’t throttling your Bandwidth during high peak periods, you can test your ping time rates, download and upload speeds, and then compare the results that you get with the Internet Plan that you have with your ISP for the speeds you should be getting on what you are paying for. If anything from the speed test results do not match what you see within your Internet Plan, or seem a little or a lot off to you, then I would recommend calling your ISP and asking them what is going on. Give them your speed test results (you should perform more than one test on your Bandwidth), and then ask your ISP what they can do to resolve the issue (if something doesn’t seem right to you for what you are paying for), and if your ISP isn’t able to resolve it, or flat out refuses to do anything about it, then tell them you will be looking for another provider to give you the services you expect to receive without hassle.

    You can run and perform reliable speed tests at:
    On the speedtest site, it will automatically pick the closest Internet Sever to the physical local of your ISP. You can also do this manually yourself by clicking on Change Server.
    It would be a good idea to do two tests on a Multi connection, and then two more on a Single connection to see how your ping time latency, download and upload speeds fair in the results, and if anything does not seem right or seems off in relation to the Bandwidth Speeds that you are paying for under your Internet Plan, then it’s time to call up your ISP.
    You can start the Speed Tests by clicking on the GO button (pretty straightforward stuff).

    Also, as a side note, you may or may not be aware of this, but you can force Steam to download and play games at the same time. This doesn’t mean that you can necessarily play a half downloaded game without disruption, but you can however download a game that you just bought, and you can play any other game from your Library while you download. I just wouldn’t advise playing an online game or multiplayer, as downloading at the same time could affect your ping and reduce your speeds. You can however play a single player game, and it wouldn’t affect your downloads. Here is a guide that shows how to set this up:

    I saw one of your other posts here on the site about GOG’s Banner Saga 3: Deluxe Edition, and I’m not sure what sort of issue you are having with the time it takes to install the game from the installer, as I myself have never experienced any issues in the time it takes to install. Keep in mind the size and scale of some of these games when they are uncompressed and compare it to the compression ratio size of what it takes to put a 8 – 10 GB game into a highly compressed installer package, and the time needed to unpack the amount of data.

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    May 16, 2020 @ 03:13

    To get a better understanding of how and why it may take longer than you would expect or like for a game from a packaged installer to install, you first need to take a look at the data files of the game and whether or not it contains a number of large movie or music files. If there are a large number of movie or music files in a particular uncompressed format along with the game’s own data files, this can contribute in itself to a longer period of unpacking and uncompression times that could exceed anywhere from 20 – 30 minutes. I have seen this before from my own personal experiences, and when building, compiling, and scripting my own Windows program installers using Inno Setup.

    It was only through Trial and Error, and a collective understanding of the level of compression that Inno Setup uses, that I was able to create my own Windows Installers for programs and games I wish to install on my system that take up far less time to install than the time it would take to package a game that was 20 GB – 40 GB in uncompressed size.
    What reduces the size so conveniently in a highly compressed and packaged installer, is the compression technology named LZMA2, which is the predecessor and successor to the previous LZMA compression technology commonly found in the 7-Zip compression archiving and extraction utility.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Inno Setup (building and creating your own Windows Installer packages for programs), and LZMA2 compression technology, you can have a look here:

    Also, another thing to factor in is your CPU’s processing power. When it comes to having an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, it can greatly help in reducing the building and compiling times it takes to fit data files of over 30+ GB or more in size into a highly compressed package, and with an i7 processor with quad cores, the speed and compression is greatly reduced, as is the time that it takes to unpack and uncompress the packaged data files from the installer once it has been built and compiled.

    As an example, I had an uncompressed game that is 20.8 GB and wanted to create my own Windows Installer using Inno Setup to build and compile it with. After building and compiling the Windows Installer and using the LZMA2 compression technology used in Inno Setup, I had a fully functional Windows Installer for my game reduced to a compressed size of 13.9 GB. That’s a 6.1 ratio in high compression size, compared to the old standard LZMA technology that 7-Zip uses.
    It only took a good 10 minutes to script, build, compile, and compress the data for the Windows Installer using Inno Setup, and 15 minutes to completely unpack and uncompress the data content from the Windows Installer that I had built and compiled.

    It helps too if you have a lot of memory to use during the scripting, building, compiling, and compressing of the data for the Windows Installer. I have 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM.

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    May 16, 2020 @ 04:29

    Correction from my previous post:
    Where I mentioned that I had a game with an uncompressed size of 20.8 GB and used Inno Setup to script, build, compile, and compress the size into a smaller, reduced size of 13.9 GB into the Windows Installer package I had created, I made an error in calculation where I said that it was a 6.1 ratio in high compression size. That would hold true if it was 20 GB reduced to 13.9 GB in compression size.

    The exact compression ratio is actually 6.9 reduced from 20.8 GB which equals 13.9 GB compression size.

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    Roc Reply
    May 19, 2020 @ 07:40

    Thanks for the heads up on this one @tekmarvl..Epic’s site seems to be just fine by all accounts ..I just pulled the 94GB in under 12 minutes and it was pretty smooth throughout..seems like Epic certainly has no problem keeping up here..!!..Much appreciated..

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    May 20, 2020 @ 03:28

    That’s pretty impressive that you were able to pull such a large game (and a free one at that) in under 12 minutes time, it’s nice to see that you had no issues getting it from Epic and everything went through a smooth transition.

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    OBLIVION Reply
    May 20, 2020 @ 20:49

    THANK you for this info //

    downloading now from the epic game launcher ( after i registered on epic website)//

    94GB of data to download !! so far so good! nice download speed of about 15MB/s //

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    bbarham Reply
    Oct 09, 2020 @ 08:47

    im barham

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    vijay Reply
    Dec 08, 2020 @ 13:54

    gta 5