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GTA V giveaway has taken Epic Games Store's servers hostage

Epic Games Store is currently experiencing several technical issues
Epic Games Store is currently experiencing several technical issues (image via Epic)
The Epic Games Store has been bought to its knees by a deluge of gamers looking to redeem their free copy of GTA V. Users have been greeted with a plethora of errors while trying to do so. If you are unable to get your hands on a copy, you should try later as the game will be available for free on the platform until May 24th.
Anil Satyanarayana,

Several gamers will affirm that Grand Theft Auto games have been the proverbial gateway drug that led them to the world of gaming. It is one of the best-selling franchises ever made, and GTA V continues to remain on the top of the charts even today.

Earlier today, Epic just announced (unofficially) that it would be giving away the game for free on its storefront. To nobody's surprise, the Epic Games Store is practically inaccessible due to the sheer number of people lining up for their free copy of GTA V. While a few lucky users have managed to get their hands on a copy, not everyone is as fortunate.

Trying to access the store page yields some...unique results. Most of the time, one is greeted with 'An unexpected error has occurred' prompt. Clicking on the 'Back to Home' button brings you back at the same prompt but in a different language. Take a gander at the attached images to get a rough idea about what one has to go through.

You'll have to cycle through half a dozen languages before being redirected to the store page, which is also in another language. It may take you a couple of attempts before you get through to the game listing, and there's a good chance you'll get a 404 error there.

Epic also says that you need to have 2FA enabled on your account to redeem GTA V. If you're unable to grab your copy now, rest easy. The game will be free till May 24th, so you have a lot of time to add it to your library.

Initial error (image via own)
Initial error (image via own)
Same error, different language (image via own)
Same error, different language (image via own)
Store page in a Chinese (image via own)
Store page in a Chinese (image via own)
Store page in Turkish (image via own)
Store page in Turkish (image via own)
404 error while trying to redeem the game
404 error while trying to redeem the game
 

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-05-14 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Anil Satyanarayana
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I've been a stereotypical 'nerd' ever since. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry. When I'm not writing news on Notebookcheck, you can find me playing or watching an intense match of DOTA 2