It's no secret that Grand Theft Auto 5 has made an absurd amount of money for Rockstar Games: the game is the most profitable entertainment product of all time, and that's do in no small part to Grand Theft Auto Online. The multiplayer portion of Rockstar's open world game has been consistently updated with new cars, new game modes, and plenty of heists to keep gamers coming back into the fold, and many of these users end up making in-game purchases with real currency.
This fact directly relates to the game's recent Diamond Casino update, which brings a highly-detailed casino to the city of Los Santos. The casino gives players an allowance of 1,000 chips per day, but also lets players purchase a maximum of 50,000 in casino chips via their own in-game currency (with a cooldown put in place after that). Players with chips in their virtual pockets can then gamble to their heart's content across a variety of card tables and slot machines. Much like one can enjoy a theater show in the world of Grand Theft Auto, gamers who've participated in the online casino's grand opening know they can also get a legitimate gambling experience, too.
To thank the players who were among the first to walk through the casino doors in GTA Online, Rockstar Games is giving users who visited the casino between July 23 and August 3 a sizable gift: $250,000 in in-game currency along with an in-game hoodie (pictured above) and a Diamond Casino poster that can be displayed in purchased properties. Rockstar Games says all early-bird casino guests should receive these gifts by August 11.
Due to international laws regarding gambling, not everyone around the globe is able to walk through the casino doors and buy themselves chips: shortly after Rockstar Games released the update, it was discovered that the GTA Online Diamond Casino update was blocked in over 50 countries. That shouldn't come as a large surprise, especially given that players have an incentive to spend real currency in order to be able to purchase in-game chips for gambling.
According to two influential figures in the GTA Online community, the casino was originally planned to feature as part of the game's promised single-player DLC. Once GTA Online proved to be a very lucrative venture for Rockstar Games, however, the offline content was re-purposed exclusively for GTA Online. Gamers have been speculating about a casino update ever since a datamine from 2015 found files that seemed to indicate that in-game gambling was on the cards (so to speak), indicating that the Diamond Casino update has been a long time coming.
Grand Theft Auto Online is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One as part of Grand Theft Auto 5.
Source: Rockstar Games