The Business Weekend Social Club Online Event

Posted on March 5 2014, 10:53am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Get yourself a sharp suit, a fast car and a pair of shoes made from the skin of a cobra: it's time for some capitalism punishment in the Business Weekend Social Club Online Event, this Friday March 7th through Sunday March 9th.

High-end cars and rarefied recreational activities are on the menu, featuring a diverse portfolio of in-game benefits like bonus RP and GTA$ payouts for Land Races and Air Races respectively - and high powered weapons literally falling from the sky in Event Crate Drops all weekend. Also, there'll be chances to score rare GTAV gear in the Social Club Los Santos Better Business Sweepstakes and in-game GTA$1M and the exclusive 'BUSINESS' vanity plate in the #BUSINESS Snapmatic Contest. There'll also be special Event Weekend live-stream broadcasts starting this Friday afternoon with the official Rockstar show, featuring special guests and fun with the new plane, cars, guns and Jobs included in The Business Update - and continuing throughout the weekend with featured guest streams to be announced hosted by some notable Crews on YouTube and Twitch.
 

IN-GAME REWARDS AND BONUSES

Acquire the new blazing fast sports cars, Vestra aircraft, and powerful weaponry that are now available in The Business Update, and also reap special in-game rewards and bonuses right through the weekend including:

  • 50% more RP in all Land Races, providing the ideal opportunity to open up that brand new Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R.
     
  • 50% higher GTA$ payouts in all Air Races - a frequent flyer bonus for those who thrive in the skies of Los Santos.
     
  • High Priority Vehicle - Simeon has spotted a rush in demand for company cars and has put the call out for Ocelot Jackals this weekend. Wait for his text, grab the car and fight your way back to the docks for a nice GTA$ boost.
     
  • Event Crate Drops - Bonus Event Crate Drops will be falling from the skies regularly in the Downtown Los Santos financial district as well as around the airfields of Los Santos and Blaine County. This weekend, the Crates will be stuffed with RPGs, Miniguns, Sticky Bombs and more RP than ever - with up to 8000RP in every Crate.
     

#BUSINESS SNAPMATIC CONTEST

Tag your best shots between now and end of day Sunday with #BUSINESS showing off your most creative, most awesome, and most beautifully composed moments featuring any of the new cars, guns, aircraft, gear or Jobs from The Business Update. We'll pick five (5) favorites to award GTA$1M in in-game financial dividends as well as the exclusive 'BUSINESS' in-game vanity license plate so you can always roll around Los Santos like a boss.

See full rules and eligibility details.

 

EVENT WEEKEND LIVE STREAMS

We'll be kicking off the weekend with this Friday's official Rockstar live stream broadcast from 4-6pm ET with two hours of mayhem, hijinks, and playthroughs of the new Business Update Jobs and gear - hosted by Rockstar and featuring special invited on-stream guests including our friend, Twitch broadcaster Swiftor. We'll be streaming across the Social Club Multiplayer Events page, the Rockstar Games Twitch.tv channel and the Rockstar YouTube channel. Tune in and join us in the hosted chat at Twitch and Social Club as well.

The Business Event Weekend live-stream action will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday with some special featured streams hosted by some of the biggest Crews on Twitch and YouTube featuring:


Make sure you’re following us on Twitter where we’ll be letting you know when these featured streams go live over the weekend.

LOS SANTOS BETTER BUSINESS SWEEPSTAKES

Finally, enter The Los Santos Better Business Sweepstakes all weekend for the chance to become a walking billboard for some of Los Santos and Blaine County's most reputable (?) local businesses. Five lucky winners will win the super rare Trevor Philips Industries tee and Merryweather Security camouflage cap. 10 runners-up will score GTAV tees and stickers. To enter, just fill in the form at the Social Club Events page between Friday and the end of day Sunday March 9th. Congratulations are in order to the confirmed 5 Grand Prize winners of our previous Event Sweepstakes who each won Bugstar Overalls and Chop stash plushies: HeadHunter, wifiducky, Jubey01, tcb888, and madmax9816.


Previously:
Valentine's Weekend Massacre Social Club Event Roundup: Snapmatic Winners, Weekend Streams and More
 

Rockstar Game Tips: Making Killer GTA Online Deathmatches with the Creator

Posted on February 25 2014, 5:05pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games


When making Deathmatches using the Creator tool, consider placing powerful weapons in harder-to-reach spots.

In our previous Rockstar Game Tips article, we covered game design pro tips and pointers for polishing and perfecting your own GTA Online Races using the Creator - and we've been enjoying test driving what the Social Club community has produced thus far. Next up, we're going to delve into how to make killer custom Deathmatches, deciding every detail from where players spawn to which radio station plays in the pre-match lobby.

As before, we're leading off with a general guide for anyone yet to get some quality time with the Creator. For Creator veterans, we've got some inside design tips in response to questions and comments we've received at the gtaonline@rockstargames.com email address, including specific suggested do's and don'ts from some of the very Rockstar dev team that are actively seeking out exceptional Jobs to join the ranks of the Rockstar Verified.


Hit the jump to read our official pro tips on making killer custom Deathmatches with the Creator

Valentine's Weekend Massacre Social Club Event Roundup: Snapmatic Winners, Weekend Streams and More

Posted on February 24 2014, 10:28am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

 
The good folks at popular fan-run channel GTA Series Videos posted this awesome video on Valentine's Day as a detailed tour and highlight reel of their (now 1,000-man) Crew putting the new Valentine's Day Massacre content through its paces.



Much love to everyone who turned out, dressed to the nines in their spiffy double-breasted suits and flapper dresses, for the Valentine's Weekend Massacre Social Club Online Event.

We saw tons of players and Crews out there not only getting into some vintage violent hijinks with their new Gusenberg Sweepers and Albany Roosevelts, but also taking to the waterways to reap bonus GTA$ payouts in Sea Races, locking palms for Triple RP Arm Wrestling, scooping up Event Crate Drops with free weaponry, RP boosts and more.

As a reminder, while the Social Club Event weekend in-game rewards may be over, the Valentine’s Day Massacre Special content itself will continue to be available to redeem in-game until the end of February and will be kept in your inventory for good thereafter – so you’ve got until the end of day this Friday February 28th now to snatch up those vintage goodies while you can.
 

DO IT LIVE 

We kicked off the Social Club Event weekend with the official Rockstar live stream broadcast across Twitch, YouTube and the Social Club Events page on Friday afternoon as we were joined by special guest GTA fan and popular Twitch streamer, Swiftor. Swiftor got in the spirit by hosting an impromptu romantic pick-up line contest with players on the stream where would-be Romeos offered questionable queries like, "Can I borrow your phone to call my mom and tell her I'm in love?" from ThisGameIsEasy and other, less wholesome gems from CheeseWhiz90, SombreOsprey and more. Thanks to Swiftor and his awesome community for joining us, and we definitely look forward to having him back soon again.

A special shout to everyone who managed to get in a game with us during the show as we played through new Jobs from the Valentine's Day Massacre update - including ChubbyGrandad and ChubbyGrandson of the xBrotherhood Nation and well-known GTA community members iLewisGTA, theGTAbase, and MRGTAVInformer. Great times were had by one and all as you can see below.

 


The live stream Valentine’s Massacre Weekend action continued throughout the weekend with lots of other broadcasts by standout members of the community on Twitch and YouTube.



The new Albany Roosevelt might not immediately strike you as the perfect off-road vehicle but nonetheless, HikeTheGamer and his Crew decided to gather a fleet of them and take to the great outdoors on Saturday and then move out to the LSI tarmac to put their customized vintage sports vehicles through some rigorous racing and unusual jump choices - the footage you see above was streamed live to Hike's YouTube channel this past Saturday. Cheers as well to DomIsLive of the DevastationYT Crew who got buckwild on Twitch for over two hours, decked out in Valentine’s gear and getting into all sorts of Races and free roam action with others.

MarleyThirteen on YouTube also decided to spend Valentine's in the hills by taking along particularly demanding paramour, SaplingGirl for a romantic date in search of the sunset. And LarsDK got in some quality time with our very own PlayRockstar streaming his playsession, taking in a wide range of Jobs including Races and Capture.


#VDAYMASSACRE SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS

Over the weekend, we challenged all Snapmatic shutter-bugs out there with capturing themselves and their respective Crews breaking hearts using the hashtag #vdaymassacre - with a cool GTA$1M and one of five exclusive in-game license plates (MASACRE, VLNTINES, VMASSCRE, KISS IT, BE MINE) up for grabs for our favorite five. Here are our most adored #vdaymassacre pics that were taken during the Event eligibility period:


Shenizian
of the ZWAME PT Crew did an excellent job of capturing this vintage sepia-soaked scene of contrasting black and white Roosevelt Albanys racing down a Vinewood street while amorous flappers look on blowing kisses. Shenizian was prolific in gettting into the Valentine's Day spirit all weekend long, also catching our eye with this capture of a cheeky Cupid cherub drawing his "bow" and setting his sights on a young couple.


With an eye for detail, DTizMusiK and his Vespucci Beach Boyz Crew took an historical reenactment angle for this perfectly composed B&W Snapmatic of a Valentine's Massacre gangland execution in progress.

GTAforums.com Official Gang Alliance Crew, The Leone Family did a masterful job of looking cool, collected and dapper in their new suits and spats whilst casually taking a stroll away from an insane explosion, under the directorial eye of lensman KidFromBroker.


Is this a private mob bosses’ summit somewhere away from the prying eyes of the FIB’s lip-readers? Or a tense "take a ride with me, we need to talk" type of discussion that will inevitably end with someone sleeping with the sharks? Mr_Nosnets of the San Andreas Hounds Crew sets the imagination running and lists this intimate snap as one of his personal favorites.


Anonamix
and the always entertaining Traffickers Crew painted the parking lot red by working together to arrange 24 crimson cars to spell out their undying affection.

NOTHING BUT LOVE FOR YA

We would certainly be remiss if we didn't honorably mention a few other standout Snapmatics - including some that were tagged #vdaymassacre but were posted outside of the announced eligibility period: jbhips a.k.a. Ferino Design captured this gorgeous snap of a Roosevelt rolling out at The Richman Hotel and Ayreon01 blew a sweet kiss making for a perfect potential advert for the Vanilla Unicorn. Other notable honorable mentions include commendable pics from NineD6, iDeSTRuCTiioNz-, k2xBlazer, Space0Monkey, austin_45561, jwozzbot117 and Leinachan.


PUSSI RIOT

We'd like to give a special s/o to the ladies of Pussi Riot, self-proclaimed "GTAV's Premier Girl Character Crew Tearing Up The Streets Of Los Santos" (although if any other all-girl Crews want to challenge that claim, drop us a line at crewchallenges@rockstargames.com). Their Lieutenant, blondarus set them a challenge at the beginning of the week to dress up in their finery and share "Mug shots even Eliot Ness would be scared of". That turned into an incredible bit of foresight with the Valentine's Day Massacre update being announced shortly after, and we enjoyed checking out the contributions on their Crew Blog.


PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW

Remember, the Valentine's Day Massacre Special content is still available to obtain in-game til the end of this month and can be kept for good, so you've got until the end of day this Friday, February 28th to scoop it all up. In addition to that, we'd like to also remind everyone who entered the Social Club Event Sweepstakes (for the chance to win rare Bugstars overalls, the Chop stuffed stash and more) to watch the inboxes of whatever email you have linked to your Social Club account as we’ve now sent out email notifications to try and confirm potential winners. Stay tuned for more new GTA Online content updates to be announced soon as well as more Social Club Event Weekend action to come.

Rockstar Game Tips: Perfecting Your GTA Online Races with the Creator

Posted on February 19 2014, 4:57pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

With access to some of the very same tools that our developers use to create GTA Online Jobs and now with over 2.5 million created thus far at Social Club, fans have certainly been putting the Deathmatch & Race Creator to work.
 
Our latest edition of Rockstar Game Tips is designed to help you get the most out of the Race Creator, with some general guidance that should ensure your races are intuitive and fun to play. Many of these tips are in direct response to questions and comments we've received at the gtaonline@rockstargames.com email address, where we're constantly reading your feedback about all things GTA Online as we continue to grow and refine the experience. For avid Creators out there, read on for Race game design pro tips including some do's and don'ts specifically suggested by our dev teams who are on the lookout for standout Jobs with Rockstar Verified potential. Definitely take note if you're aspiring to join that illustrious group with one of your custom-made Jobs.
 
For those yet to jump into the Creator, we're leading off with a guide to getting started, and be sure to look out for a future Game Tips article covering Deathmatch creations very soon.


Hit the jump to read our official pro tips on perfecting your Creator Races

Fan Art & Pics: The Rockstar Legacy Project, Off-Camera GTAV Scenes Illustrated, Trevor Valentine's Cards, and More

Posted on February 14 2014, 6:04pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

This week, check out an amazing original Rockstar-inspired digital art creation that's been four years in the making, a gallery of illustrations by artists seeking to depict off-camera sequences that were referenced in GTAV’s storyline, and some truly spectacular Snapmatics - plus some homemade Valentine's cards made by fans who carry a torch for Trevor Philips.

As always, if you see (or create) an impressive Rockstar or GTA themed piece that you think the world needs to see, be sure to send it over to us to have a look via Mouthoff and you can drop it in comments below as well for the Social Club community to enjoy. Also follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all of our latest official pics.



For the past four years, graphic designer and Vancouver native Shawn Sepehry has been working on this meticulous labor of love collage entitled "Rockstar Games Legacy" which recreates and carefully arranges logos and other iconography from practically all of our games.

I have been inspired by the attitude and personality of Rockstar Games ever since I played GTA2 for the first time… In the years that I have been working as a designer, many of my sensibilities and styles have been influenced by the grand body of work that Rockstar Games has created over the years. This is not in itself rare as they make some of the most popular games on the planet and there are many fans. I, however, found myself drawn to their branding, illustrations, style and attitude that are present in all of their games. My concept for this project was to encapsulate all of the elements and bring them together to create the iconic symbol that is the R and Star. Since its inception, I have been working on this project for over 4 years, collecting, recreating and arranging all the elements. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.”

We truly did, Shawn – it’s a stunning and humbling bit of work and it’s our honor to feature it here for all fans to enjoy
.


We came across an impressive array of GTA-inspired pieces at ringelrei.tumblr, including a moody portrait of Niko Bellic solemnly burying something (or someone) and this vision of Michael, Trevor and Franklin in an 80s band, inspired by a buddy's quick-glance interpretation of official GTAV art. The above pieces envisage Trevor and Tracey playing in the snow during more innocent times (entitled "M's Busy") and an alternate version of GTAV's prologue called "Join me, Townley" and tagged  #thentheywenthomeandnobodygotshot.


"That girl sat on my lap when she was two years old." DeviantARTist NessaSan, aka Vanessa Dorothe of Germany, produced this touching piece entitled "T and T" evoking Trevor's sentimental fondness for Michael's daughter Tracey - the toy plane in the hand of the seasoned pilot, a lovely touch. Check out Nessa's full gallery for lots of other cool pieces including this serene self-portrait, laying low somewhere north of Los Santos.

 

The moment when Trevor scrawled his own characteristically base take on Floyd and Debra's 'Live, Love, Laugh' wall art, while never actually seen during GTAV, is captured here by Japanese artist ritsukaa.


 


This gorgeous panorama by GermanMidgetPran is just one of many postcard-perfect snaps by the good folks over at the GTA Photography Reddit group, whose slogan is 'Anything From Normal to Trevor'. Fellow Snapmatic enthusiasts should feel free to join their ranks as they’re constantly sharing wonderful stuff and even have taken to hosting their own photo contests.


This dramatic Snapmatic shot atop Mount Gordo by jimny66 was a recent top trending shot that had us humming Bark at the Moon.


GanjaOutlaws, one of GTA Online's most prolific Crews, has been having fun with Snapmatic since day one and currently has over 8,000 photos amassed. Here, MadMcGregor87 holds up a convenience store using unconventional and excessive (but effective, judging from the clerk's reaction) methods.

Making the rounds on Tumblr over the past week have been a variety of precious Valentine's Day cards - mainly featuring the unlikely heartthrob, Trevor Philips. Feel free to send these to the unhinged special someone in your life. A shout out to the Trevor Philips themed Tumblr, TrevorPhilipsInc,  A Haze of Patriotic Fervor, and twitter's @AProphecyx

 

"It's... dripping. Uh, thanks, T." Blogger and avid fan artist SimpleMachines imagines a bloody Valentine's day for Michael and Trevor.
 


 

Sparing a thought for those going through trouble in paradise this Valentine's, longtime Social Club community member, Sprunk1995 Instagrammed his real-life re-creation of the fridge note left for Michael by Amanda in GTAV.

 

GTA Online Social Club Event Weekend this Fri-Sun Dec 20-22

Posted on December 19 2013, 1:40pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Update: Thanks to everyone that participated in our Social Club Event Weekend. Stay tuned in 2014 for more events to come.

This coming weekend, Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd, jump into Grand Theft Auto Online for a very special Social Club Event Weekend featuring free entry into the tons of awesome player-created Jobs made using the Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta, special weekend-only deals to give you the edge in the intense tug-of-warfare of the brand new Capture game modes, chances to score rare GTAV gear and in-game GTA$ in exclusive sweepstakes and challenges and a special live-stream broadcast to feast your eyes on this Friday afternoon.

Over what should be a weekend spiked with creativity and carnage, we'll be on the lookout for exceptional hair-raising Races and heir-erasing Deathmatches. Jobs tagged with #CreatorWeekend before end of day Sunday will be in consideration for a special prize of GTA$1,000,000 and an exclusive unique vanity license plate to use in-game (CRE8R, TOPCRE8R, NO1CRE8R, THECRE8R, I_CRE8). To submit your Job head to the GTA Online section of Social Club and search for the Jobs you have created. In the details area of the job you think is worthy, click the Edit Tags button at the bottom, add #CreatorWeekend to the edit box and click Save. Five finalists will be picked in part based on the number of positive ratings they receive on Social Club, and also based on the discerning tastes of Rockstar Developers. See full terms and conditions.

For some inside hints and tips on mastering the Creator as well as to watch us and others try out some of the best and most creative Jobs out there, and take on the community in the new Capture modes, tune in this Friday at 2pm ET at socialclub.rockstargames.com/events or at twitch.tv/rockstargames for a live-stream Rockstar-hosted broadcast. Make sure to follow us at Twitch , Twitter and Facebook to get the word straight away when the broadcast begins. Members of Rockstar Games will also be online during the broadcast playing on both Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network as PlayRockstar, PlayRockstar1 and PlayRockstar2, so feel free to look for us.

Races and Deathmatches will be free entry all weekend to help you check out loads of the epic new Jobs created by the Social Club community. Claim an edge in Capture Jobs with 25% discounts on the Adder, the Dinka Double-T and the Buzzard, plus 50% off all Armor vehicle upgrades. If you've been weighing up an investment in high-speed engineering or some airborne firepower, this is the weekend to do it. And Event Crate Drops are back - frequent deliveries, with more than double the usual amount of RP, high-powered weapons and bonus cash.

In the Social Club Event Sweepstakes, five lucky Social Club members will score a Grand Prize of Grand Theft Auto V gear including the rare GTAV Varsity Jacket as seen below. It's definitely one of the more on-the-money ways to ward off those winter chills. Five runners-up will get Grand Theft Auto V Prize Packs consisting of official GTAV t-shirts, stickers and more. You can enter to win all weekend from Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/eventsSee Official Rules.

Congratulations to the 5 Grand Prize winners of our previous Event Sweepstakes: SerranogunTNasty1223hitman8ffMs.ShithappensxXShakeyXx. We're still confirming the runners-up so be sure to check your inbox and spam folder for messages from the Rockstar Webmaster.

We look forward to seeing you and your creations in GTA Online all weekend. Take advantage of the special limited-time only vehicular deals to edge out victory in Capture and tear up a virtually endless buffet of of free-entry original player-created Deathmatches and Races. Also remember - if you've seen or published a Race or Deathmatch that you think the world needs to play, be sure to tag it #CreatorWeekend and feel free to drop a link in the comments so that other Social Club members can check it out.

New GTAV Arrivals at the Rockstar Warehouse: Body Bag Sleeping Bag, iFruit iPhone Case and More

Posted on December 17 2013, 5:35am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Rockstar, Games

If you're looking for some last-minute gift ideas for fellow GTA fans, or ideas on how you might spend that post-holiday loot, the Grand Theft Auto V Collection at the Rockstar Warehouse has been updated today with new arrivals like the Body Bag Sleeping Bag, the iFruit iPhone Case and more. Delivery on these and all other items are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 19th and choose the UPS 2nd Day Air option in the US or the UPS Express option for the EU.



Body Bag Sleeping Bag
Bearing a striking resemblence to one used to smuggle Michael into the IAA building in 'Dead Man Walking', the GTAV Body Bag Sleeping Bag features screen printed L.S. County Coroner lettering along its left zippered edge, an ergonomic hood with the official Grand Theft Auto V logo, and an upper zipper seal with the Rockstar Games logo.

 


iFruit iPhone Case
This ultra-thin, elegant soft touch feel and rugged Snap Case delivers four-corner protection for your iPhone (4, 4s, 5, and 5s) and features the iFruit logo on the back, “V” logo on one side, and Rockstar logo on the other.

 


Power Magnet Pack
Each magnet in this set of three is lightweight, but highly potent, has a diameter of 1.25" (3.175cm) and features an etched Grand Theft Auto V logo on one side and the Rockstar logo on the other.


Los Santos Lifeguard Tee
Available in either yellow or white, this long-sleeve, soft, 100% cotton tee features a small “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its left chest, a large “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its back, and “LIFEGUARD” lettering down both arms.

 

Also Available from the Rockstar Warehouse:
Chop Plush Collectible & Bullet Whistle Set   |   Chop Leash & Collar Set   |   GTAV Hoodie   |   GTAV Beach Towel   |   Republican Space Rangers Tee   |   Bugstars Tee   |   Zippo Lighter   |   GTAV Poster Collection  |  LS Sheriff's Cap   |   GTAV Logo Tee   |   GTAV Tee

Vespucci Beach Party: GTA Online Social Club Event Weekend

Posted on November 21 2013, 9:29pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Update: Due to ongoing technical issues preventing some players from joining, we have removed the Vespucci Beach Party Event Playlist for the remainder of this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note that the Event Crate Drops with extra RP in Free Mode and the Sweepstakes are still in effect through the end of the weekend.

This weekend, Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th, hit the beaches of Vespucci, Chumash and Paleto Bay for the very first Grand Theft Auto Online Social Club Event Weekend.

All weekend long, plunge into a special Social Club Event Playlist of brand new Jobs from the freshly landed Beach Bum Pack, a hand-picked selection of ten of our favorite new Jobs. Drop some sea shells, go for a fuel-injected run on the beach, and take in some of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Los Santos Bay area in modes including Sea Race, Parachute, Team Deathmatch and more. The best performers in the Social Club Event Playlist on each platform will score themselves a special vanity license plate reward for bragging rights and to commemorate their achievement.

In Free Roam, look out for an influx of special Event Crate Drops dropping frequently all weekend containing more than double the usual amount of RP plus high-powered weapons, bonus cash and clothing. They'll be unlocked for every player to help you pack more than just sunscreen on the blazing sands.

This inaugural GTA Online Social Club Event also features exclusive sweepstakes giveaways of beach-ready GTAV collectibles, a very special live stream broadcast on Friday and more. We'll be on the lookout for your sun-kissed Snapmatic pics all weekend so be sure to tag them #VespucciBeachParty so that we can find them easily and we might feature them next week here at the Newswire.

 

Hit the jump for a full detailed rundown of all the Event action.

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