Grand Theft Auto V has contributed a lot to the UK economy as the game has sold over 6 million copies. This number is even more impressive as digital sales are not included.
This impressive feat was announced via a press release as 6 million boxed copies of Grand Theft Auto V have been sold in the country. It has become the “fastest and biggest selling entertainment product of all time” and has contributed more to the British economy than any other video game in UK history.
In terms of currency value, over £240 million was earned by the game since it came out in September 2013. To put this into perspective, the entire boxed video game market was worth £904 million in 2015.
Some world records that belong to the game include: ‘Bestselling video game in 24 hours’, ‘Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours’ and ‘fastest entertainment property to gross $1bn’.
Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie, said, “The UK games sector is a global success story. We are a comparatively young industry punching far above our weight on the international playing field, and Grand Theft Auto V is a prime example of how UK teams are creating hugely successful, globally renowned titles that are making a valuable contribution to the UK’s reputation as games makers, our economy, job creation, and cultural identity.”
Grand Theft Auto V is truly a juggernaut in the video game market. It took the world by storm on PS3 and Xbox 360, but the game’s reach got even further when it eventually got released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
While we still have to wait for Grand Theft Auto VI to come out, Rockstar Games could be onto another winner when Red Dead Redemption 2 is out next year for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.