Free GTA V Giveaway Crashes the Epic Game Store

May 14, 2020 3:39 PM UTC
The Epic Game Store just crashed and burned under the weight of thousands of users trying to redeem a free game.
  • The Epic Store was supposed to be giving away GTA V to its user for free today.
  • Not long after the promotion started the entire site crashed with a 500 error.
  • This is not a good sign for Epic’s security or stability.

The Epic Games Store might be trying their best to give away GTA V, but it’s not going well. Clearly the prospect of a free copy of GTA V has people excited. Right now, the Epic Store is down for the count.

It’s almost certainly because so many people are trying to log in to redeem the free game. It’s hardly surprising. The game in question is immensely popular.

Though it doesn’t bode well for the Epic Store’s stability or reputation.

The fact that the error language is randomly coming up as Russian despite English being selected as the language in settings is sort of worrying. | Source: ccn.com/ Epic Games Store

Epic Games Has Buckled Under the Pressure of GTA V

If the Epic Store is going to buckle under the pressure like this, maybe it’s a good thing that it’s not too popular. Right now it’s impossible to even log into the store, let alone redeem a free game.

This does not paint a good picture of the Epic Game Store’s security. Especially considering that a little while ago we uncovered an exploit that allowed you to play games without having paid for them first.

It’s a wonder that anyone trusts the store with their data at all. Either the security is really poor, or the stability is a complete joke. Neither one inspired particular confidence.

It Keeps Getting Worse

More worrying even than that is the fact that the error screen seems to randomly display in Russian rather than English, even if your’re language settings are correct. Could this be a sign that the service was actually hacked?

Right now, we don’t know what’s happened. If we’re lucky, the service will be back online again soon. Until then, we’re all just crossing our fingers that a Russian bot didn’t just buy our credit card info.

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William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Visit his website, contact him at william.worrall@ccn.com, see his LinkedIn profile here, or check him out on Muck Rack.