Epic Games Store is offering GTA 5 for free this week

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One of the most popular video games of all time, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5, is being offered for free in Epic Games' online store. The PC game is available to download for free until May 21. 

The Epic Games Store has been doing game giveaways since December 2018, including popular titles like What Remains of Edith FinchThe Witness and Celeste. New free games are revealed every Thursday.

When GTA 5 became available yesterday, many users experienced trouble accessing the deal, with people reporting 500 errors and slow load times. Epic acknowledged the problems in a tweet Thursday, but appears to have resolved issues later in the day. 

GTA 5 was originally released in 2013 and quickly became the second-best-selling game of all time (depending on your count), and it's one of the highest-profile games to be offered. The site's challenges seem to reflect the continuing demand for the title.

Epic Games didn't respond to a request for further comment.

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