Grand Theft Auto V Ships 32.5 Million Copies, Makes Take-Two Number One

Grand Theft Auto V Ships 32.5 Million Copies, Makes Take-Two Number One

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Grand Theft Auto V shipped more than 32 million copies in 2013, making Take-Two Interactive the top video game publisher of the year.

There was a time, many years ago, when Electronic Arts attempted to acquire rival publisher Take-Two Interactive for nearly $2 billion, a significant premium over its value at the time but not enough to convince T2 to bite. Fast-forward to today and things appear to have changed rather dramatically: EA is floundering and Take-Two is on top of the world.

Take-Two reported today that its GAAP net revenues for the third quarter of the 2014 fiscal year hit $1.86 billion, a monstrous increase over the $405 million earned during the same period last year. It's not hard to figure out why: Grand Theft Auto V launched in mid-September last year and has since shipped 32.5 million copies.

But the company also got strong results from NBA 2K14, the fastest-selling release in franchise history, which has shipped five million units since its October 2014 launch, and Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition, which helped make Borderlands 2 the best-selling title in 2K Games' history with more than 8.5 million units shipped. The strong combined results of those and other franchises made Take-Two the top game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group Retail Tracking Service.

"As a result of our third quarter performance, we have once again raised our revenue and earnings outlook for fiscal 2014, which is poised to be a record year for Take-Two," Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a statement. "Looking ahead, we firmly expect to deliver Non-GAAP earnings in fiscal 2015 and every year for the foreseeable future."

Take-Two previously increased its non-GAAP net revenue expectations for the 2014 fiscal year from $1.775 to $1.875 billion after the first quarter to $2.2 to $2.3 billion after the second. The newly-increased outlook calls for $2.35 to $2.38 billion for the year.

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Since when is selling well in the USA equal to being number 1 publisher?

At least say number 1 US publisher rather than imply worldwide.

Just looked at Take-Two's future release schedule and it is empty! bundle's and re-releases only for the first 3 months of 2014 then Evolve plus the yearly NBA and WWE for the rest of 2014.

They should release 5 GTA games in the next 5 years and buy the government. Granted, people will be tired of the franchise by then, but it won't really matter.

Kumagawa Misogi:
Since when is selling well in the USA equal to being number 1 publisher?

At least say number 1 US publisher rather than imply worldwide.

Just looked at Take-Two's future release schedule and it is empty! bundle's and re-releases only for the first 3 months of 2014 then Evolve plus the yearly NBA and WWE for the rest of 2014.

It was called publisher of the year so its just a matter of checking the numbers and its something that can be called a fact. They did have some heavy hitters this year and 32.5 million for a single game really is a very heavy hitter.

And be thankfull that its Take-Two and not EA or Activision.

josemlopes:

Kumagawa Misogi:
Since when is selling well in the USA equal to being number 1 publisher?

At least say number 1 US publisher rather than imply worldwide.

Just looked at Take-Two's future release schedule and it is empty! bundle's and re-releases only for the first 3 months of 2014 then Evolve plus the yearly NBA and WWE for the rest of 2014.

It was called publisher of the year so its just a matter of checking the numbers and its something that can be called a fact. They did have some heavy hitters this year and 32.5 million for a single game really is a very heavy hitter.

And be thankfull that its Take-Two and not EA or Activision.

The only numbers they checked are NPD's who only track NA.

For context, GTA San Andreas shipped around 10 to 20 Million units over it's lifetime.
Yeah...COD might have more games, but it's clear that Rockstar pride quality over quantity.

Makes me think about all the people saying there was no way Gta5 was going to reach its expected goals, and saying things like they don't like the game, so there is no way the game will do well.

Take2 should buy out Ea, throw the name in the trash, and give all the developers under its umbrella a good home.

And six months later online heists are still not a thing...

Kumagawa Misogi:
Since when is selling well in the USA equal to being number 1 publisher?

At least say number 1 US publisher rather than imply worldwide.

they outsell the second place at least 2:1 globally, so they actaully are number one worldwide.

Diablo1099:
For context, GTA San Andreas shipped around 10 to 20 Million units over it's lifetime.

over 15 millions to be precise. at that time, it was the best selling game too.
meanwhile GTA 4 was only in 6th place becasue Wii completely dominated 2008 sales.

 

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