Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV)

Minimum age according to Grand Theft Auto
18+ Minimum age according to Grand Theft Auto

What is Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV)?

Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV) is an online action-adventure game made by Rockstar Games. It is one of sixteen titles in the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise. 

Known as an ‘open world’ game, GTAV lets players roam freely around the fictional state of San Andreas. There are three playable characters in GTAV, who are all hardened criminals and share a backstory. Each character has their own special set of skills, which improve as the game progresses. Players control one of three characters in single-player mode and up to thirty players can play in multi-player mode.

Gameplay involves going on missions and heists, stealing cars and clashing with police. The characters travel by foot, car or aircraft to fight their enemies with an arsenal of weapons. The story content is highly mature and adult-themed. The characters commit torture, abductions, murder, consume illegal drugs and alcohol, have sex and use profane language. They can also use the money they earn from committing crimes to buy upgrades, clothing, tattoos and visit strip clubs in the game. 

GTAV players can communicate by voice chat or choose to mute the chat function. Rockstar Games also runs Social Club – an online community where you can share content and chat with other users.

Please note: The GTA franchise has received considerable criticism for its glorification of criminal activity, extreme violence and degrading depiction of women.

Website: Grandtheftauto

Platforms: PC, PlayStation, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Apps: The GTAV game is not available as an app however, Rockstar Games produce several related apps. AndroidApple iOS.

How do people use Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV)?

Learn more about the risks and benefits associated with how people use online action-adventure games like GTAV.

Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV) is used for: gaming, in-app purchasing, messaging/online chat, online relationships, screen capture and voice chat.

How can you report or block another player? 

This link is provided by GTAV:

How can you protect your personal information?

These links are provided by GTAV:

Key safety links

These links are provided by GTAV:

  • Code of Conduct
    The rules you follow when using any of Rockstar Games’ online features.
  • Community Guidelines
    Follow these guidelines when posting comments to the Rockstar Games Community Support page. 
  • End User License Agreement
    The terms you agree to by downloading, copying, installing, opening and using Rockstar Games software.

Last updated: 05/06/2024

The eSafety Guide helps you find out how to protect your personal information and report harmful content on common social media, games, apps and sites. Entries are for information only and are not reviews or endorsements by eSafety. Before choosing to use any online service or platform it’s best to:

  • do your own research to understand the risks and benefits
  • check the age rating and requirements
  • consider privacy
  • check the permissions and other settings
  • check the in-app reporting options.

If you are a parent or carer who is deciding whether a child should be allowed to use an online service or platform, you can also:

  • consider your child's readiness for the types of content and experiences they might encounter
  • help them understand what to do if they need help
  • provide ongoing support and monitoring, for example through regular check-ins with your child
  • agree to some rules about use of each service or platform.

To find out more, you can read the App checklist for parents, as well as information about parental controls in social media, games and apps and mental wellbeing resources for families.