Virtually every online community can trace their roots to a modest beginning a small fan-run website; GTANet is no different.
We began as a small GTA III fansite in the year 2000, created in anticipation for Rockstar Games’ first 3D open world game of the Grand Theft Auto series. As time passed, the popularity of the website began to grow, eventually becoming GTA3.com as you can still see it today. New sites branched out from the website to expand the community: GTA3Mods and GTA3Forums. Activity peaked as the launch of GTA III on PC approached, at which time we were receiving 20 million visitors per month.
Following this, GTANet continued to push forward in the development of GTA-related websites, creating a new fansite for news, guides and other content for all major titles of the series as they released throughout the years, all of which can still be accessed and utilised today. We also hosted a dedicated modding community, which went on to become GTAGarage, a modding database to share creations. The vast amount of dedicated content awarded Network Administrators at the time invitations from Rockstar Games themselves to play games alongside admins from other fansites within the community before they were released to the public.
Alongside this, the great success and popularity of the GTA3Forums community couldn’t be contained to a single game, and it eventually embraced its own domain to become GTAForums.com. With over 15 million posts and more than 800,000 members as of 2021, GTAForums continues to hold the title of largest and most influential fan-run Grand Theft Auto community on the Internet.
Here and Now
If you’re old enough to have experienced the Internet of the early 2000s, then you know as we get further into the 2020s that the landscape has changed… get arf my lawn!
Content nowadays has (d)evolved, to about 280 characters, with fast-paced and interactive Social Media being favoured in the community in the lead up to a game launch and especially post-release. We could reminisce about this, but here at GTANet we have chosen to embrace it.
Fansites may seem like relics now, but to us they are a symbol of our community, and that foundation from the past is still solid as a rock, much like our enduring support for GTA and Rockstar Games. Our Network sites remain archived, and they are still very much used today in their own capacity.
GTAForums remains at the heart of GTANet, and our dedicated member base continues to flourish. You’ve supported our full coverage of other Rockstar Games titles, which began with the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 and the creation of brand new subforums. Out of this we accelerated our presence on the Twittersphere as well and created a sister-site called RedDeadNet for our community to keep up with events. We’ll endeavour to do much more of this in the future, as the need arises.
Going forward, GTANet’s efforts are more focused on our community than ever. We’ve re-vamped this here website to bring you only the most legitimate of news, highlight community creations, and essentially share whatever we want from the world of Rockstar Games.
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- GTAMods.com / GTAMods Wiki (previously GTAModding.com)