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Joining GTA Online, loading screen gets stuck

This weekend was always expected to be a busy one right before the Grand Theft Auto V 1.13 update, but today we’ve received a number of emails about the joining GTA Online loading screen and how it’s getting stuck for some players, or taking forever by being very slow to load.

The session might even time out after not loading and in this case some Product Reviews readers explained a message appears stating, “timed out when matchmaking for a compatible GTA Online session to join. Please return to Grand Theft Auto V and try again later”. This can happen thanks to your own personal home network or Wi-Fi problems, but the increased reports we’ve had seem to reveal more issues than normal for a weekend.

One email explained, “The joining GTA online is taking forever and I can’t join my friends in a multiplayer game. It just won’t connect or complete the session”. Another added, “I’m in the UK and have been stuck on joining GTA online screen for ages, this needs a fix and I hope the problem is sorted before the High Life update”.

We contacted a number of our work colleagues that play GTA V a lot, and all of them noted at least one issue this weekend trying to connect to GTA Online. They did explain you will get connected to friends, although it may take some time when there’s a lot of demand for the servers and of course if they’re not down today at any point.

If you are stuck on the “Joining GTA Online” screen and find it not loading, then feel free to leave a comment below with your location and how long the problems have been happening to you.

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