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Rockstar swimming in the profits of micro transactions

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Why so sad Uncle Donald

Iโ€™ve previously covered my dislike for the micro-transactions in GTA V. While a lot of people may agree with me we can say for sure that this isnโ€™t going to change as it appears a lot more people are happy to fork out hard-earned cash to get pretty things in GTA Online.

According to an interview with MCV the decision makers over at Take-Two, Rockstar’s parent company, are more than happy to not release a new GTA annually or even bi-annually as the game has already sold over 32 million copies which is an incredible amount.

But not only that, they are going to be releasing DLC updates in the coming months which if they add more single player campaigns will likely be snapped up by nearly all the people who have played the excellent game.

And then on top of that the sleuths over at reddit have calculated, according to public statements and figures, that the micro transactions in Grand Theft Auto V have already raised more than $66 million for Take-Two.

70% of people who bought GTA V have played the online experience, 22.75 million, which means that on average each player has spent $3 buying online currency. With the number of sales set to explode when the game is released on PC and next gen consoles you can quite clearly see that Rockstar have neither rhyme nor reason to disable the online micro-transactions when they are such a money spinner.

Last Updated: February 19, 2014

31 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 19, 2014 at 14:40

    I don’t really have anything against the concept of DLC or microtransactions. I just find the sheer amount of them being released for a game is getting out of hand, and more often than not it’s a ridiculous price compared to what you paid for the game initially.

    I see why moving this way though – KA-CHING! People are such suckers.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      February 19, 2014 at 14:41

      more like people have too much money to throw around.

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      • Skoobaz

        February 19, 2014 at 14:42

        I have too much month at the end of my money generally speaking.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 19, 2014 at 14:43

          lol well said.

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    • Hammersteyn

      February 19, 2014 at 14:41

      A fool and his money are soon parted

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    • CAE9872

      February 20, 2014 at 09:56

      Yip agree. Also detest the concept of DLC day one. And any publisher telling me it wasn’t cut from the main game, I just cannot believe! Whereas like Last of Us, there was some time in getting 1st DLC out and that makes sense. Forza is probably the biggest culprit!

      I personally rarely play games day one due to massive, MASSIVE backlog so can pick them up cheaper down the road which helps a little.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 20, 2014 at 10:13

        I haven’t bought a game day one in almost 1.5 years now. I remember that date more clearly than the day I quit smoking lol.

        Was telling friends on Sunday that I felt bad about having a massive games backlog, but with the way things are going now I’m starting to appreciate what I have.

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        • CAE9872

          February 20, 2014 at 10:46

          I purchase my favs day one e.g. GT6. Will buy Destiny day one! But yeah I tend to wait for sales now; besides Sony give me games with PS+ and MS with Gold.

          Yeah games getting very expensive now here in SA given exchange rate. So is nice to play something you already have for a change.

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  2. Skoobaz

    February 19, 2014 at 14:41

    Well, You heard it here 1st. “… when the game is released on PC and next gen consoles…”
    GTAV WILL be released for PC!!!

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  3. Hammersteyn

    February 19, 2014 at 14:42

    I never liked GTA Online much. The SP has so much soul and colorful characters that it loses over to the MP section

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    • RinceandLeSIGH

      February 19, 2014 at 14:44

      Really? You need to play with mates though, form a team kindda thing. SOMA for the win!

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      • Hammersteyn

        February 19, 2014 at 14:53

        Probably, But I still prefer the SP over mini missions

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        • RinceandLeSIGH

          February 19, 2014 at 14:53

          Of definitely. Though it is a lot of fun going ape with a group of friends!

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 19, 2014 at 14:55

      Not if you play with OVG & Rince. It’s like playing with Trevor Snr & Trevor jnr.

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      • Hammersteyn

        February 19, 2014 at 14:55

        Bwahaha

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      • RinceandLeSIGH

        February 19, 2014 at 14:56

        I didn’t know there were more of you! Gate 3 OPEN!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 19, 2014 at 15:00

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          • RinceandLeSIGH

            February 19, 2014 at 15:11

            Hahahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. RinceandLeSIGH

    February 19, 2014 at 14:44

    This player has not spent $3 ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 19, 2014 at 14:44

      Get lost you filthy casual.

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      • RinceandLeSIGH

        February 19, 2014 at 14:45

        I’d gladly spend $3 on watching you stub your toe though…

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 19, 2014 at 14:47

          Hmm. I refreshed to see if there was maybe an image to go along with that. But no, that was the full extent of your wit. How disappointing. *run*

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    • Hammersteyn

      February 19, 2014 at 14:50

      That’s cause you don’t have $3

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      • RinceandLeSIGH

        February 19, 2014 at 14:51

        That’s cus I spent it watchint @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus stump his toe ๐Ÿ˜› and ๐Ÿ™‚ https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bgze3_JCUAA472P.jpg:large

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 19, 2014 at 14:52

          Ka-ching! I can use that to buy another Humble Bundle. Thanks buddy!

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          • RinceandLeSIGH

            February 19, 2014 at 14:53

            That is why I am here ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Hammersteyn

          February 19, 2014 at 14:53

          LOL

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  5. sugarman

    February 19, 2014 at 21:24

    Where is GTA V PC? Build it and release it.

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