Why a 'Grand Theft Auto' roleplaying mod is so popular among streamers (2023)

When you think of the Grand Theft Auto series, there are a few things that are likely to spring to mind – namely widespread crime and graphic violence. And that’s fair: since 1997, Rockstar has put in the hours to convince its fans that Grand Theft Auto is hardly a family-friendly series.

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That’s something that needs no repeating for anyone who’s swung by a GTA Online lobby in recent years. Although the game receives frequent updates, free roam lobbies are plagued with players who spend their free time gleefully exploding their fellow man, using weaponised (often flying) motorbikes to wreak as much unpleasantness as possible. In combination with hacking issues and a reputation for toxic voice chats, there are some real issues with GTA Online‘s community that we won’t get into here – the point is, it’s a little rough to say the least. But what if I told you that buried within the Grand Theft Auto 5 community is one of the most strictly-moderated online roleplaying games in the world?

It’s true, and it’s called GTA RP. In GTA RP, players must – under the ironclad rules of their server – commit to roleplaying their life as a regular citizen of Los Santos. In GTA RP servers, players are encouraged to simply live in Grand Theft Auto 5 – nothing more, nothing less. No mindless slaughter, no carjacking on a whim, and no antics. Not everyone needs to be a master criminal – you can eke out your hours fixing cars, emptying bins and delivering food to pay the bills. But those bills do need to be paid, and there’s always the option to turn to criminal enterprises to pay them – assuming you do it in-character.

I’ve always been attracted to the player-driven stories you can find in roleplaying communities like this – years ago I spent a long summer obsessed with the San Andreas Multiplayer (SA-MP) mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and even longer living as a crime lord in a Garry’s Mod mode called Dark RP. What I’m more interested in is why GTA RP has proven so popular with streamers. At time of writing, Grand Theft Auto 5 is the third most-watched category on Twitch right now with around 179,000 viewers. GTA RP makes up the large majority of these streamers, and some of the biggest streamers in the world are no stranger to dropping into Los Santos for a roleplay stream.


While it’s easy to write off GTA RP‘s streaming popularity as a fad, that’s simply not the case. It’s been consistently popular on Twitch for years, and its longevity is up there with streaming staples like League Of Legends and Fortnite.

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To get to the bottom of streaming’s relationship with GTA RP, I spoke with UK streamer MC Fixer, who you may have spotted on an episode of GamesMaster last year. MC Fixer plays on a public NoPixel server, but he’s currently trying to get into one of its elusive private servers, which is much stricter about who it accepts. It’s here I should say that MC Fixer, speaking directly to any private server admins reading this, would like to take this opportunity to humbly request a spot on their server. Regardless of which server he ends up however, Fixer is keen to make a life for himself in the world of Los Santos.

“I’m roleplaying a character called MC Fixer, which is of course myself,” explains MC Fixer. “It’s kind of just me – I used to be a musician, so I kind of took that and was like, ‘okay, I want to be the musician in GTA RP’. There isn’t much music in the game because of copyright. So being able to play people music that I’ve made in the real world and bring it into GTA roleplay? Players freak out.”

As one of many content creators captivated by GTA RP, MC Fixer explains why he thinks GTA RP has won over the hearts and minds of streamers.

“I think it’s probably become popular because it’s interesting – because you don’t know what’s going to happen from moment to moment, to day to day, to minute to minute. The unexpected can happen at any moment in GTA RP. I think that’s the magic behind it. It’s one big story – every day that you log on, it’s a story of whatever your character is getting up to. You just don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

“And the best [roleplayers] understand that at the end of the day for streamers, we are there to entertain the audience,” he explains, before giving me a particularly dramatic example.


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“The other day, I went on a scavenger hunt looking for a character that had been kidnapped. I got an unknown phone call from somebody [saying] ‘I’ve got your friend Rambo,’ and I’m like ‘Oh my god!’. For the next four hours, I’m on a scavenger hunt to try and find Rambo. You don’t get that in story-based games – as much as I love them, you’re not getting them in Uncharted, you’re not getting them in Tomb Raider. But in GTA RP, you are getting a scavenger hunt across the map.”

For another streamer called ByBreekz, his life on GTA RP is a stark contrast to MC Fixer’s musician turned reluctant criminal. ByBreekz had no such hesitancy to jump into crime, and he quickly regaled me with stories of life in the criminal underworld. You know – gangland betrayals, public hits and a player called Bully Maguire that used a soundboard to live life as Spider-Man. The usual stuff.

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When I ask ByBreekz why he thinks GTA RP is proving so popular for streamers, he surprises me by sharing a very similar sentiment to the one voiced by MC Fixer. “You can create so many stories, [so] content is different every time,” begins ByBreekz. “It’s the different stories you can make. It feels sometimes like real life – even when I had debts in the city, I had to wake up and play because otherwise I would go to court. It was stressful!”

ByBreekz adds that the potential to make friends is a big pull for streamers like himself. “I made a lot of friends that I didn’t think I would be friends with from GTA RP that you just play games with even when you’re not streaming or when you’re not in the city, so it’s really cool in that sense.”

Likewise, MC Fixer holds the friends he’s made in GTA RP very close to his heart, and credits them for keeping him engaged with the game for so long.

“It’s the people – every day I’m logging on and I’m talking to all these characters of people that I’ve now met in this world. They feel like my friends – and they are my character’s friends – but they feel like my friends and we’re now talking in Discord outside of the game, getting to know each other a little bit better. It’s a very unique situation, which I absolutely adore. If I’m being honest, it’s 100 per cent the people that keep me going back and doing eight to ten hour streams a day. That’s not because of GTA. That’s because of the people I get to hang out with for that amount of time.”

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(Video) Grand RP Streamer mit Mod Menu Streamsnipen #2 in GTA RP

MC Fixer also says that the same environment that has fostered these friendships also does a fantastic job of making him feel “safe”.

“There are some idiots in there of course, and that’s what happens when you’re in a public server. I am shocked by just how nice people are – I’m a mixed-race man in the video game industry, and it can be hard. Have I had problems in there? Yes, unfortunately. But it was dealt with in such a manner that I was absolutely shocked.”

“I dealt with a little bit of racism the other day,” MC Fixer explains. “I was out fishing, some guy made inappropriate comments. I just walked away from the situation, reported him, [and] assumed that’s it. [I thought] he’s still going to be in the server tomorrow. Instantly, a mod pops up out of nowhere, takes me to the side and says, “have you got a clip of this?” Of course, I had a clip of it – he then jumped in my chat, grabbed the clip, and the guy was gone. I’ve never had a moment like that in video games where someone has been rude, inappropriate, racist, sexist, whatever it is, you report it, and it’s instantly dealt with. That, to me, was the moment was the moment I fell in love with [GTA RP] even more because I felt safe. I knew that I could keep being me, MC Fixer, the character and the person, and know I’m doing the right think – and I’m in a place where it’s safe.”

ByBreekz also acknowledges that although moderation is taken very seriously on NoPixel, there’s a “very toxic” portion of the wider GTA RP community that disregards the inherent roleplaying nature of the game.

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Although MC Fixer plays on public servers while ByBreekz has access to a private server, both agree that safeguarding measures are necessary. ByBreekz admits that although there are some “really wholesome” people in the community, there is also a “very toxic” portion of GTA RP that disregards the roleplaying nature of the game. Both streamers feel that things like whitelisting and private servers are necessary to protect players who are willing to take the game mode seriously, and in MC Fixer’s case he even champions exclusivity despite it being the reason he’s not able to play on the server he’d like to be on.

“There might be a little bit more trolls in the public one, because there are no [restrictions] – anyone can join whenever,” explains ByBreekz. “I think that’s the difference – trolls won’t go through all of the trouble to do that.”

As for the future of GTA RP, MC Fixer and ByBreekz agree that the community plays an integral part in making it such an attractive game to play, and although each streamer brings up the possibility of Grand Theft Auto 6 making it an official mode, they don’t see GTA RP‘s magic being replicated by a major games studio any time soon.

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When I spoke to Project Zomboid‘s Chris Simpson earlier in the month, he mentioned that his wife was a big fan of GTA RP and that he would personally like to see The Indie Stone‘s zombie survival game support more of a “roleplay aspect” in its multiplayer mode.

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Zomboid‘s always had a strong roleplay community, but the way GTA roleplay took off, seeing what people are capable of doing in terms of creativity, and craft, and just basically building a little world to live in? It just adds this whole element to the game[…]It’s the ultimate emergent storytelling – it’s definitely a big influence. We’re taking a lot of cues from that community in particular, in terms of [Project Zomboid‘s] direction.

Even then, Simpson seems to acknowledge that as a developer, you’re not so much trying to create this stringent roleplaying game – you’re just trying to offer players the mechanics and environment to do it themselves.

Once again, that same sentiment has popped up: GTA RP isn’t so much about the AAA game it takes place in, it’s about the players who inhabit its living, breathing world. For streamers who thrive on keeping their fans entertained day-to-day, it’s no wonder that they’re captivated by a game that can throw them into spontaneous stories every time they step into Los Santos. Whether it’s a desperate scavenger hunt to stop a kidnapper, a nightly binman routine or a violent criminal feud, the unpredictable nature of these stories work because of the combined effort of an entire community – the same community where these streamers are making valued friendships that go beyond GTA RP.

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That being said, GTA RP‘s strict servers and whitelists can be intimidating to would-be new players. To wrap up, I ask MC Fixer and ByBreekz whether they’d recommend it to anyone on the fence.

“I’d say just do it, honestly.” answers ByBreekz. “You’ve just got to do it – and even if you get declined [from server applications] the first month, they will tell you [why] – you can always change it. I’ve heard a lot of people say “Oh, I wanted to, but there’s an application” – just do it! What’s the worst [that can happen]?”

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“Give it a go!” urges MC Fixer.“Everyone should try it. It’s bottomless: imagine you can be anything you want! Literally anything – why wouldn’t you want to try it?”

If you’d like to see what GTA RP islike before you jump in, you can check out MC Fixer and ByBreekz on Twitch.


Why GTA RP is so popular? ›

A Fun and Social Experience

Streamers on platforms like Loco allow fans to join their custom servers, which leads to a more social experience between creators and their fans. GTA's RP servers allow players from any part of the world to connect with each other on a casual platform.

What is Grand Theft Auto Roleplay? ›

GTA V roleplay is a multiplayer mod for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. Players who jump into one of the user-created RP servers become even more immersed in the game as they take on the form of a normal NPC, which can be customized in a number of different ways.

Who is the most popular GTA streamer? ›

Most popular Grand Theft Auto V streaming channels
Channel nameFollowers
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When did GTA RP get popular? ›

GTARP (Grand Theft Auto Role-Playing) all started with the FiveM mod. Released in 2015, this mod added elements which granted players a wider degree of in game freedom. Specifically, elements revolving around role-playing.

Who made GTA RP popular? ›

The dedication and effort put into the GTA RP servers over the years play a large role in how GTA RP has become so popular. With the popular NoPixel, one can attribute its success to how Koil created it.

Who made GTA RP? ›

Koil is an Aussie streamer and the lead developer behind the NoPixel GTA V RP server.

What is GTA flirting? ›

The game allows players to "seduce" strippers by speaking to them through their headset microphones. Some of the virtual strippers will sleep with your character if you give them the right prompts.

Is modding GTA V easy? ›

It's extremely simple, but it requires a couple of pre-installed files before most mods will work, and it can be intimidating if you're new to modding and the instructions are never all in one place.

What is the best GTA RP mod? ›

1) World of Variety

This mod identifies the vanilla game's blindspots and replaces them with something more dynamic. Multiplayer elements, story mode, and other assets have been ported over to single-player, making the Grand Theft Auto 5 world more interesting and diverse.

What is the most heavily modded game? ›

Here are the most modded games of all time.
  1. Minecraft. It's no surprise that the most popular video game of all time is also the most heavily modded. ...
  2. Garry's Mod. Garry's Mod is another sandbox style game that was created with the intention of being heavily modded. ...
  3. Half-Life. ...
  4. Doom. ...
  5. Skyrim.
9 Mar 2022

Who is the best GTA 5 RP player in India? ›

1) Dynamo Gaming

Dynamo Gaming and his friends play on the Hydra Town Role-Play server, which Dynamo himself created. The server has received a lot of traction recently due to the release of HTRP 3.0, which brought many new features to the server. Dynamo Gaming plays PUBG on some days and streams GTA RP on others.

Who is the number 1 gaming streamer? ›

1. summit1g. Jaryd Lazar, aka summit1g, currently streams Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), as well as Fortnite.

Who is the #1 streamer on Twitch? ›

1: Ninja – Followers: 18.4 million.

Is GTA RP easy? ›

Though, it's incredibly tough. NoPixel has almost 200 server slots for players, but getting whitelisted and accepted is no easy feat. You've got to donate and go through a rigorous application process before you can prove your RP skills. However, some of the other best GTA RP severs are easier to access.

Is GTA RP still popular? ›

GTA RP is still immensely popular for gamers to play in 2022. The peak of its popularity was back in May 2021, but it's still the most-watched game in early January 2022. For reference, only the Just Chatting category has more overall viewer hours on Twitch. It is worth noting that there isn't a single GTA RP game.

What is the biggest GTA RP server? ›

5 Best GTA Online RP Servers (2022)
  • Eclipse RP. [LT] ECLIPSE Roleplay Traileris. ...
  • NoPixel. GTA 5 NoPixel 3.0 Roleplay Update Gameplay Trailer. ...
  • Mafia City. Mafia City Roleplay: Beginners Guide. ...
  • New Day RP. New Day RP | 2.0 Trailer.
28 Aug 2022

Who is the most loved GTA 5 character? ›

8 Best Characters In Grand Theft Auto 5
  • 7/8 Lester Crest. Lester is an important part of GTA 5's main story as he's the man who usually sets up the elaborate heists for Micheal, Franklin, and Trevor. ...
  • 6/8 Wade Hebert. ...
  • 5/8 Lazlow Jones. ...
  • 4/8 Franklin Clinton. ...
  • 3/8 Michael De Santa. ...
  • 2/8 Lamar Davis. ...
  • 1/8 Trevor Phillips.
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Is GTA RP free? ›

GTA 5 RP is a free-to-play mod that allows users to create customizable stories in Grand Theft Auto 5 PC with the help of custom online servers.

Who invented the RP? ›

The phrase Received Pronunciation was coined in 1869 by the linguist, A J Ellis, but it only became a widely used term to describe the accent of the social elite after the phonetician, Daniel Jones, adopted it for the second edition of the English Pronouncing Dictionary (1924).

Who was the first GTA protagonist? ›

Carl Johnson (Grand Theft Auto)
Carl Johnson
Grand Theft Auto character
Carl Johnson's official artwork
First appearanceGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004)
Last appearanceThe Introduction (2004)
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How do I join RP? ›

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to join an RP server.
  1. Register for a Discord account.
  2. Join your chosen GTA RP server.
  3. Read the 'how to join' page on the Discord thread.
  4. Before interview, gamers must supply "role request" info.
  5. Successfully complete interview (hopefully).
  6. Pass through to training servers.
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Why is GTA 5 so good? ›

It incorporates unique objects and details on each server where you have to act as the desired role. Roleplaying changed the world of gaming and it offered a lot of players the chance to kick off their career in a stable way. This is one of the main reasons why GTA V is so popular in the world.

Can you kiss someone in GTA? ›

In gta online people can be in a relationship but only can blow kisses. Or it can be 2 guys and want to do a cool handshake like at the end of those races. Like if its a boy and girl you can have the option of handshake, hug, hold hands, high five, kiss, lay in bed together, cuddle .

How do you touch a girl on GTA 5? ›

Use the "Touch" and "Flirt" options.

If the bouncer is watching you, you can repeatedly press the "Flirt" button or key to increase the "Like" bar's progress in small increments. Use the "Touch" option whenever the bouncer isn't looking at you.

Can we make girlfriend in GTA 5? ›

To get a get a girlfriend in GTA 5, you'll have to seduce a stripper. The process mainly involves paying your chosen girl for private dances in order to increase her love interest. Keep flirting and forking over cash, and eventually she'll agree to be your girlfriend. That's the short version, anyway.

Are mods cheating? ›

Again, I will stress, modding is NOT cheating (unless it fits the litteral definition of it, not someone's opinion on how MHW “should” or “is” supposed to be or played), in 95% of cases will not get you banned unless you are transmogging to get items you didn't pay for, despite what people will say or post here.

Is modding a game easy? ›

A mod can be as simple or as complex as you like. For example, creating a skin for a Minecraft character can be done in a 2D editor with no coding knowledge, whilst creating a total conversion can take years of work and require many creators to collaborate (see the Mod Hall of Fame for some of the most famous mods).

Is modding a form of cheating? ›

As I said, mods are one of the many different methods of cheating. And within that cheating category, there are many different forms of modding.

What is the fastest car in GTA RP? ›

The Pariah takes the crown as the king of fast cars! Fully upgraded, the Ocelot Pariah is almost certainly the single fastest car in GTA Online.

Which GTA 5 mod is best? ›

GTA V Redux (opens in new tab) is our pick of the best GTA 5 mod of all time. It brings a huge graphical overhaul to GTA 5, with 4K textures, new weather effects, and much more. After seven years GTA 5 isn't looking as cutting-edge as it once was, but GTA V Redux makes it look as good as any modern game.

Which is the best mod in the world? ›

5 Best Minecraft Mob Mods to Try Out
  1. Pixelmon. Minecraft version: 1.12.2. ...
  2. Mowzie's Mobs. Minecraft version: 1.7.10 – 1.16.5. ...
  3. The Twilight Forest. Minecraft version: 1.7.10 – 1.17.1. ...
  4. Ice and Fire: Dragons. Minecraft version: 1.10.2 – 1.16.5. ...
  5. Lycanites Mobs. Minecraft version: 1.7.10 – 1.16.5.
5 Oct 2022

What is the most popular modded server? ›

Best Modded Minecraft Servers (October 2022)
  • Hypixel.
  • MC Complex.
  • Purple Prison.
  • Kuba' Modded Factions.
  • SmashMC.
  • Bcraft Naruto.
  • Brawl.
  • Grand Theft Minecraft.
17 Oct 2022

How much RAM do you need for heavily modded Minecraft? ›

The minimum system requirements for “vanilla” Minecraft* (that is, completely unmodded) is 4GB of RAM, but players who use mods routinely allocate 6GB or more to keep the game running properly. If you're planning on heavily modding Minecraft, 8GB of RAM is a good place to start, with more being better.

Who is the richest streamer? ›

RankStreamerTier 3 Earnings
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Who won best streamer 2022? ›

2022 results
Best Battle Royale Streamer aceu LuluLuvely NICKMERCS TSM_ImperialHalBest MMORPG Streamer Asmongold EsfandTV itswill richwcampbell
Best Strategy Game Streamer DisguisedToast boxbox Northernlion ScarraBest Speedrunner SmallAnt Atrioc Simply Wirtual
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Who is the number 2 streamer? ›

What are the Top Game Channels on Twitch right now?
Channel NameHours Watched
1.Riot Games35.3M
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Who is the best streamer of all time? ›

10 Most Watched Twitch Streamers of All Time [2022 Updated]
  • xQcOW.
  • Summit1G.
  • Gaules.
  • Shroud.
  • Ninja.
  • Lirik.
  • Nickmercs.
  • Tyler1.

What's fun about GTA RP? ›

It's hectic and it's tons of fun—especially when online comes into play. GTA roleplay takes the game to an entirely new level, though. It's essentially World of Warcraft meets GTA. There's no beloved Goldshire, but there are fancy sports cars, dangerous automatic weapons, helicopters, and improvisational acting.

How did NoPixel get so popular? ›

With the popular NoPixel, one can attribute its success to how Koil created it. Roleplaying and other nerdy activities like comic books and video games have become more acceptable in the eyes of the public.

Is GTA RP better than online? ›

The main difference between GTA RP and GTA Online is how players roleplay in each game. In the former, one can find some servers that heavily enforce roleplaying rules. In the case of GTA Online, there is no such distinction. Players can customize their protagonist in it, but roleplaying is nonexistent.

Is FiveM more popular? ›

Grand Theft Auto 5 mod, FiveM, has officially become the most popular GTA V mod and now has more players than Rockstar's own GTA V Online on Steam.

Why did soda quit GTA RP? ›

His obligations have reached a point where it feels like an actual job. It's left Sodapoppin feeling burnt out, and he's decided to take a break. Rockstar Games Sodapoppin's character, Kevin Whipaloo, is a prominent figure on the server. “I'm taking a break, and I'm coming back when I feel like it,” he said.

What are good RP rules? ›

To follow is the list of common role-play rules that every role-player should understand and follow.
  • Do Not God-mod.
  • Do Not Meta game.
  • Do Not Auto (Auto hit, Auto walk, etc)
  • Do Not Lore break.
  • Do Not Power-play.
  • Do Not Play Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus.

Is RP GTA free? ›

Is GTA Roleplay free? A: Yes, GTA Roleplay is free as long as you own the GTA V PC version, for the most part. There are some GTA 5 RP servers that require donations in order to join, but there are plenty of servers where joining and playing are completely free.

Does RP matter in GTA Online? ›

You can earn RP from the missions that you complete, races that you compete in, and even from the casino's daily free spin wheel. However, some players have got ways to make more RP than you may have ever imagined. Rockstar Games More RP means better weapons and vehicles in GTA Online.

Who is the richest player in NoPixel? ›

Description. Marcus Griffin was a mechanic employed by Harmony Repairs Garage. Marcus Griffin is the MOST followed model on Instagram. Reaching over 9 followers, he also is the richest man in the city - with over $16 billion dollars in his bank account.

Can normal people play NoPixel? ›

There are two main ways to play NoPixel. There is a public server option, which anybody can access. Alternatively, there is the whitelisted server, which is where the more popular players often play. Both variations of NoPixel involve a similar process.

Who is the biggest NoPixel streamer? ›

xQc has over 10 million followers on Twitch, making him one of the biggest streamers on the platform. He's a must-watch streamer for both NoPixel and a wide variety of other games.

Who made FiveM? ›

FiveM, Mahdi's own venture, has hit the ground running in the gaming and mod community as a marketplace that provides gamers with the best experiences.

Who created GTA roleplay? ›

But did you know that the creator of NoPixel, Koil, is Australian? Koil is an Aussie streamer and the lead developer behind the NoPixel GTA V RP server.


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