GTA 5 Ships 32.5 Million
Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive announced today that since it launched in September the company has shipped 32.5 million copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 to retailers. The news came as part of T2′s quarterly earnings release for the quarter ending December 31, 2013, in which GAAP revenue was a cool $1.86 billion, fueled primarily by GTA but with some assistance from new-gen console launch title NBA 2K14 and 2K’s first WWE game since acquiring that series in the THQ bankruptcy holdings auction early last year.
As noted above, 32.5 million shipped does not mean 32.5 million consumers have purchased the game, but simply that’s how many physical copies of the game were picked up by stores and online retailers. Near the end of October, Take-Two said it had shipped 29 million copies of the game.
The true number of copies of GTA 5 in the is likely less than that total, although it actually could be higher depending on how well the game sold on the PlayStation Network, where it was available for download at retail price on the same day that physical copies went on sale.
Take-Two also claims the title of top games publisher in the United States in 2013 sales by way of the NPD group, with GTA 5 garnering top seller of the year.