GTA Online lets you go to your second home in Los Santos and have some good, clean fun. Sometimes, that fun means taking on up to 15 other random people in a totally unprovoked murder frenzy, because "good" and "clean" are both relative concepts. Welcome to San Andreas, I guess. Here's how to participate in GTA Online's Deathmatches.

GTA Online: How to Participate in a Deathmatch

Deathmatches and team deathmatches are both the subject of regularly-occurring daily objectives, but how to start them up isn't as obvious as you might hope. How to set up and play in a deathmatch in GTA Online has been confusing players for years, and with last week's Epic Games Store sale, there's a fresh batch of newbies who could use a hand with it.

If you're just walking around Los Santos hoping to find a deathmatch to get into, as with a lot of other missions, then that's the first issue. Newcomers to GTA Online will want to get into the habit of using their phone to launch missions, particularly player-created "jobs" like deathmatches, races, and King of the Hill.

If you're trying to complete objectives that specifically say to "participate in" or "finish" a particular activity, try this:

  • Open your main menu with the map.
  • Click on Jobs.
  • Click on Play Jobs.
  • Choose Rockstar Created. From this menu, you can pick whatever activity you need to pursue for that day's objectives, including deathmatches.

When in doubt, simply host your own deathmatch with a buddy or two for the sake of finishing the daily objective, but make sure before you start that you're in the right kind of activity. If you just need a simple head-to-head deathmatch to complete an objective, you won't get credit for it if you end up in Team or Vehicle Deathmatches, let alone some of the more arcane player-created modes. You'll receive $30,000 and 5,000 RP for completing all three of your daily objectives, with increasingly high bonuses for consistently logging in and finishing your objectives for one week or four weeks straight.

We've got plenty of tips and tricks for new and returning GTA players at our game hub, including:

Grand Theft Auto V never exactly stopped being popular, and hasn't left the top 20 sales charts in seven years, but the Epic giveaway still somehow injected new life into its off- and online modes. At this point, Rockstar might as well just give a copy gratis to everyone on Earth. You could get it as a bonus with your birth certificate. Check in with us via our official Twitter, @PrimaGames.