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I can purchase stocks at LCN website but the BAWSAQ is still under maintenance, I've completed 45% of the game and can't buy stocks from that website. Am I missing something? Do I need a special mission to unlock it?

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From what I understand, BAWSAQ is basically influenced by the collective GTA V online community and how they play/what stocks they buy/sell on BAWSAQ. I'm sure someone can explain this in greater detail. Could be ready when the online mode will be released. –  eMi Sep 23 '13 at 11:54
    
You can access it whenever. You just need to be signed into the online network for whichever console you're using. –  Foo Barrigno Sep 23 '13 at 11:56
    
@Foo A lot of the times in game though, it will come up with "BAQSAQ is down for maintenance, please try again later." messages, even when signed into XBL/PSN. –  TZHX Sep 23 '13 at 12:08
    
You can access it through the Social Club website. You also can't buy or sell there, but watching rates is possible already. –  Chaos_99 Sep 23 '13 at 13:04
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It was under maintenance yesterday, but not any longer. Maybe the 13+ million gamers are putting BAWSAQ under heavy load? –  Nolonar Sep 23 '13 at 17:49
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BAWSAQ is influenced by the online community and it's likely down due to server loads. Games as popular as GTA V almost always have connectivity issues the first week or two after release so it's probably related to server load issues. Rockstar is also aware of the issues with BAWSAQ and you can check this article for updates it's current status.

Once it is is back up, if you need any help with the stock market here's a guide I found useful.

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I'm only providing what I know, but I've had the BAWSAQ available since the start, I've even purchased shares in it already (in preparation for online becoming available). I don't even think I'd linked up by Rockstar Social account by that point but maybe I had. So long story short, I think it should work for you just maybe you keep catching it on a down time. I know I haven't been able to get SnapChat working because it was having problems, same with flight school leaderboards.

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You have to sign into the rockstarclub for the BAWSAQ to work. That's it

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