That Grand Theft Auto is a successful franchise won’t come as a surprise to anyone. The latest entry, Grand Theft Auto V, managed to ship an impressive 54 million units worldwide since its release across all platforms. This came to light in an earnings report from publisher Take Two Interactive.
To clarify, the 54 million is the number of copies that has gone to retailers, not the number of copies that has gone from those retailers to consumers. Still, this is an enormous number, and it probably helped Take Two grow its revenue by 142%. The company now has a net worth of $366.4 million dollars, compared to 151.6 million last year. This increase in net worth was not only because of GTA V, but also due to the sales of Grand Theft Auto Online, NBA 2K15, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and WWE 2K15.
In regards to digital sales, Take Two also did exceptionally well, as those sales saw an increase of 139%, leading to $254 in digital profit for Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, NBA 2K15, the Borderlands series, WWE 2K15, and Evolve. Finally, the report stated that Take Two saw a revenue increase of 47% for “recurrent consumer spending,” which simply means DLC, in-game currency, and other online spending.
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