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GTA V to top $1 billion in monthly sales, say analysts

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GTA V is out today, and I’m sure many of you have *cough* taken time *cough* off work or are *cough* somehow really *cough* ill today. The game is, quite obviously, going to sell like digital hotcakes – but according to Colin Sebastian, analyst with Robert W. Baird, it’s going to hit $1 billion in no time.

“Given the significantly higher installed base of relevant console platforms at launch, greater sales concentration among the top video game franchises, and unprecedented pent up demand, we expect GTA 5 to outpace GTA 4 sales, and generate roughly $1 billion in retail sales during the first month,” he said in an investor call (via Gamespot).

Grand Theft Auto is a mammoth of a franchise, quite clearly – and a billion is not an unreachable target given the install bases for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

It’s worth noting, however,  that the most recent Call of Duty, Black Ops 2, managed to hit half a billion on launch day and a billion in sales within just two weeks, while the one before that, Modern Warfare 3, did the same in 16 days. And it happens every year.

As big a franchise as GTA is, it seems COD is just bigger.

Last Updated: September 17, 2013

45 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 11:35

    Slap in PC then you would have seen the sales skyrocket. Destroying the tower of CoD, for now (since ghosts looks pretty cool)

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    • InsanityFlea

      September 17, 2013 at 11:45

      Lies, don’t you know us PC guys just pirate?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 17, 2013 at 11:47

        I used to pirate, then I took a Steam sale to the knee

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 17, 2013 at 11:58

          I’ve taken so many sales to the knee that it looks like this now (figuratively speaking)

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        • InsanityFlea

          September 17, 2013 at 11:59

          I’ve got the entire GTA collection on steam too! ‘cept this one, bastards. EA got R900 out of me for BF4, Rockstar’s loss.

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        • caponeil

          September 17, 2013 at 13:56

          Nah cant afford it right now – just spend R12 buying a game on steam for no apparent reason other than it was cheap!

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    • HighlanderZA

      September 17, 2013 at 12:17

      It fu…. stinks that this is not on PC. I do not understand why not, I just don’t as COD can. Seriously not lekker.

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      • CypherGate

        September 17, 2013 at 12:18

        I’m sure it will pop up on PC bud, but then again…

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        September 17, 2013 at 12:18

        Because us PC folks only pirate apparently. The Xbox and PS boys and girls don’t at all.

        Chipping and pirated console discs are just a conspiracy dude!

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        • HighlanderZA

          September 17, 2013 at 12:23

          I am just shaking my head–@@@

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  2. The Noble TiMsTeR

    September 17, 2013 at 11:38

    all hail GTA V!!

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  3. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    September 17, 2013 at 11:50

    Why do I get the distinct feeling there is just a few of us here today?

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    • Hammersteyn

      September 17, 2013 at 11:52

      LOL

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 17, 2013 at 12:10

      Castrated in 3 …. 2….

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  4. Hammersteyn

    September 17, 2013 at 11:52

    Just picked up my copy for R429.00 If you preorder a game and then trade in a second hand game on the day you pick it up they will give you 60% extra for your trade in at BT Games.

    The guy at the store said that BT Games had over 20 000 preorders alone!

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    • eyesuc

      September 17, 2013 at 12:07

      Isn’t it 30% extra?

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      • Hammersteyn

        September 17, 2013 at 12:21

        Now I wonder myself??????? I think you may be right.

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  5. RincemySniperKittEH0-O

    September 17, 2013 at 12:00

    Man! I need this game. Please CNA, let them have a copy this evening!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 17, 2013 at 12:04

      By all the power of the gaming gods, may this man’s dream come true.

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      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        September 17, 2013 at 12:04

        …as soon as it comes to PC

        😛

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        • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

          September 17, 2013 at 12:05

          DAMN YOU!

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          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            September 17, 2013 at 12:09

            LOL, yeah, that was mean soz, may it take as long as it takes you to get one of these (pictawr below)

          • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

            September 17, 2013 at 12:10

            You shut up!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          September 17, 2013 at 12:06

          lol no, I’m feeling generous right now. Happy gaming for all & stuff.

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    • Avithar

      September 17, 2013 at 12:32

      CNA GP as said i would recieve mine today… but told me before finding out i pre-orderd there are only 36 cpoies nation wide…

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      • RincemySniperKittEH0-O

        September 17, 2013 at 12:36

        You make me sad! 🙁

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        • Avithar

          September 17, 2013 at 12:40

          well if i dont get mine today lets just leave it right there….

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        • Admiral Chief of Rivia

          September 17, 2013 at 12:40

          Oh man, sucks to be you right now.

          [insert troll face]

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          • Avithar

            September 17, 2013 at 12:44

            and i am currently @ work waiting for my copy i have smoked a pack since this morning

          • HeniQpotter

            September 17, 2013 at 12:52

            I got mine 11:35 this morning, pre-ordered and delivered to my office door, also from CNA.

          • Avithar

            September 17, 2013 at 12:57

            the friendship end right here lol, if it goes missing dont look for me bud

  6. Yep you are wrong! Shush

    September 17, 2013 at 12:02

    Install taking so long that console wants to go to sleep…

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  7. ElimiNathan

    September 17, 2013 at 12:03

    Just got mine 😀

    Reply

  8. InsanityFlea

    September 17, 2013 at 12:06

  9. CypherGate

    September 17, 2013 at 12:14

    Anyone wana sponsor GTAV for 360 for me please? lol Married life kills the pockets lol

    Reply

  10. Eswill

    September 17, 2013 at 12:20

    And so Kalahari just delivered mine. Right on time 😀

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  11. Unavengedavo (aka. Frik)

    September 17, 2013 at 12:35

    Am I the only one who is bothered by this?

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      September 17, 2013 at 12:41

      Now that you mention it, me too!

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  12. oVg

    September 17, 2013 at 12:38

    1Billion in 10 days (console only)

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    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      September 17, 2013 at 12:46

      Choo Choo…..

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      • oVg

        September 17, 2013 at 13:43

        After seeing the excitement in the line at BT Games I will bet my morning muffin that this is a COD killer.

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  13. That Dark Twit

    September 17, 2013 at 12:59

    Despite how good GTA V is turning out to be, I am more looking forward to getting Diablo 3 on the 360 next month.

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  14. Kobus Nel

    September 19, 2013 at 10:23

    Seeing as console copies are always a lot higher than PC copies, and Rockstar Games always punting the console copies only, on launch day for a long while before they release the PC version, I would see how they could make more money on launch, simply by doing exactly this. But it’s frustrating to those customers that would like a PC copy, to wait so damn long for it. I bet that if they release the game on all platforms on launch day, all the fans will be happy, and Rock Star will be swimming in the moola thanks to mass sales on more than one platform.

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      September 19, 2013 at 10:51

      Indeed

      Reply

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