GAMES DISTRIBUTOR Take-Two Interactive, the company behind developer Rockstar Games, has revealed that Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) was the best-selling video game of 2013.
During its fiscal third quarter earnings call on Monday, Take-Two Interactive revealed that it sold 32.5 million units of GTA 5 in 2013, making it the best-selling video game of the year. The firm didn't reveal whether the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 (PS3) version was the most popular.
Because of these bumper sales, Take-Two Interactive boasted that its revenues increased to $767m in its fiscal third quarter, up from $405 million in the same quarter of the prior year.
GTA 5 sales and Take-Two Interactive's cash float likely will continue to grow throughout 2014, too, with the firm yet to release versions of GTA 5 for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 (PS4). If speculation is to be believed, these are likely to appear on UK store shelves in June.
There's also talk that the firm will release a PC version of GTA 5 this year, too. We spotted GTA 5 for PC up for pre-order at UK retailer Gameholds.com, which is promising to start shipping the title on 31 March.
Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said, "Take-Two's business continued to outperform expectations significantly during the fiscal third quarter.
"Our results were driven by robust holiday demand for Grand Theft Auto V, the franchise record-breaking launch of NBA 2K14, the successful release of WWE 2K14, and strong growth in digitally delivered revenues led by Grand Theft Auto Online.
"Take-Two was the top video game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group, underscoring our positive momentum over the past year." µ
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