GTA 5 Social Club: what it is and how to sign up

GTA 5 Social Club: A plane flies over Los Santos
(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

If you haven't signed up yet, The GTA 5 Social Club is definitely worth checking out if you want to get the most out of your time with the game and incorporate it into your everyday life, too.

GTA 5 is a true-blue classic.  From compelling storylines to satisfying gunplay, this iconic title has something for everyone. It has been winning the hearts of gamers since 2013, and with its expansive open world filled with crime and intrigue, it's easy to see why folks spend so much time in Los Santos. 

And there's still plenty to do to augment your experience despite the game's age. Looking to shake it up after nearly a decade roaming the streets of Los Santos? You can always give GTA 5 cheats a go. Should you find that lacking, you can always try something from our list of the best GTA 5 mods

It's easy to see why people are still buying GTA 5, and you'll be pleased to know that the GTA V Social Club adds another dimension to the GTA 5 experience by allowing you to connect with players around the world outside of the game. 

Read on, and you'll find out everything you need to know about what the GTA 5 Social Club has to offer.  

GTA 5 Social Club guide

GTA 5 Social Club: At a glance

GTA 5 Character Franklin

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Essentially, the GTA 5 Social Club is somewhere between a stat tracker and a Rockstar exclusive social media site. It's accessible on your phone or desktop and lets you get updated with everything that's new. In it, you can track events coming to the game, look at your own stats, and even check your own achievements.

Once you log in, you'll find new updates on the homepage but you can also connect with the rest of the Rockstar community by navigating to the 'Photos' or 'Videos' tab. This will show a bunch of user-made content, which you can react to from your own account. 

The 'Jobs' tab is filled with user-created maps and modes, giving you information such as the like to dislike ratio, the number of times it's been played, as well as user comments. If you want to filter out modes the community doesn't like, this is a good way of doing so. 

After you've finished playing, it'll update with what you've done - even showing all the trophies you've unlocked so far.

GTA 5 Social Club: how it benefits you

GTA 5 Social Club website

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

There are a handful of great ways to use the Social Club to your advantage. As well as being able to connect with new people through its social features, you can create or join a GTA Online crew. This gives a bonus to money and RP earned in missions - a really useful perk. 

Additionally, you'll want to check the 'Events' tab regularly, as it'll reveal new in-game challenges and rewards. Not only will they show you everything you need to do but they give you start and finish dates - meaning you can plan around them.

Though none of this will make you immediately overpowered, these are small benefits that add up. The GTA 5 Social Club is a great way of keeping your ear to the ground for new events and challenges. If you really want to get involved in the online aspect of GTA 5 in particular, you should really consider using the service.

GTA 5 Social Club: Key features

GTA 5 city skyline at sunset

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

There is a lot of information to be gleaned from the Social Club, whether you want to connect with fellow GTA players or get some insight into your own gameplay.

Here are some of the juiciest features that come exclusively with your Social Club membership:

  • Stock profile: keep an eye on the BAWSAQ stock market without needing to load up the game itself
  • Check List: this tab shows you every mission you've completed and have yet to complete, making it easier than ever to 100 percent GTA 5
  • Collectibles on the map: find any spaceship parts or missions on the map that you might have overlooked
  • Statistics: see how you measure up against fellow players and check out your standing on the leader boards from the comfort of your smartphone screen

James Bentley

James (he/they) is a freelance games journalist with over 500 pieces published at outlets including GamesRadar, NME, Prima Games, VG247, and God is a Geek.

With contributions from