Grand Theft Auto 5 Nears 100 Million Sales as DLC Drive Take-Two Profits

Grand Theft Auto 5 Nears 100 Million Sales as DLC Drive Take-Two Profits

The GTA 5 train isn't stopping.

During Take-Two's quarterly earnings report today, the company revealed that Rockstar's juggernaut Grand Theft Auto 5 is close to selling 100 million copies.

Take-Two earned $388 million in revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2019, of which 62 percent was made up of digital purchases. Even though Grand Theft Auto 5 came out in 2015, GTA Online continues to attract a huge player base, especially as it approaches 100 million shipped units.

Take-Two revealed that engagement for GTA Online's latest free update, After Hours, was bigger than the Doomsday Update. The After Hours update, which lets players create and manage their own nightclubs in Los Santos, lines up a series of real-life DJs to become guest DJs within the game, including DJs like Solomun, the Story of Us, and The Black Madonna.

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"Fiscal 2019 is off to a solid start, with first quarter operating results that exceeded our expectations," said Take-Two chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick. "This performance was driven by better-than-expected recurrent consumer spending on Grant Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K18, as well as robust ongoing demand for Grand Theft Auto 5, which is now approaching 100 million units sold-in to date."

NBA 2K18 is now the highest-selling sports game from 2K with 10 million units shipped. In-game sales for the most recent NBA 2K game contributed to Take-Two's strong digital revenue.

On the horizon Take-Two is readying the launch of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2. Not much was revealed about the upcoming sequel other than the fact that Take-Two is eagerly anticipating the October 26 release date. You can read our Red Dead Redemption 2 guide for the latest release news, rumors, and trailers.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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