GTA 5 Set to Earn Its Second Billion This October

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GTA 5 from Rockstar Games is set to make its second billion dollars. It made its first billion in just 3 days. The second billion will likely come both from continued sales of this super HOT video game, but also a large part of it will come from Grand Theft Auto Online, which people who purchased GTA 5 can begin to access starting on October 1, 2013.

Does the single-player campaign need to be completed first?

This question came from a player who Tweeted the company on September 26. The person wondered if it was necessary to beat the single-player campaign in GTA 5 before the online multi-player version would be unlocked.

The online game, according to a Rockstar company spokesman, does not have to be “unlocked” at all, nor does the single player campaign need to be beaten, in order to play the multi-player Grand Theft Auto Online game beginning on October 1.

Well, that is, if by “unlocked” you’re referring to the definition that you must accomplish certain goals in GTA 5 in order to then unlock access to Grand Theft Auto Online — though, the online version does need to be unlocked in a different way.

The response to the Tweet was:

You do not need to complete the Story Mode to access GTA Online

Playing Grand Theft Auto Online is free for anyone who has purchased GTA 5. It’s included in every copy of GTA 5, though it can’t be accessed until the start of next month.

What’s going to happen is that a small patch will become available to everyone who has purchased GTA 5, and it will be the key to unlock Grand Theft Auto Online so that you can then have access to its multi-player section. There, you can play and/or participate in various activities the game allows with 16 of your friends, or people around the world who own the game, whether it’s the Xbox 360 version or the one for Playstation 3.

Grand Theft Auto Online will be heavily supported by its development team. The team will release content release and updates often, as well as deal with any complaints or other issues. During the first few weeks, they will also make available downloadable content for free.

So, how is it that, if everything about playing Grand Theft Auto Online is free, Rockstar Games can make its second billion?

Take-Two Interactive are really the people behind Rockstar Games. While you can play Grand Theft Auto Online for free, once you’ve purchased GTA 5, to do certain things or buy certain things you will need to spend some of that hard-earned cash you’ve gained through playing the game.

Or, if you’d rather not spend hours and hours, if not longer, getting the cash through playing the game, there is an alternative — you can buy GTA $ with real money.

That’s what’s gotten Take-Two investors all excited about the online version of this extremely popular game.

Rockstar Games announced that:

…if you’re the completely instant gratification type, you can choose to buy denominations of GTA$. You will have the option to purchase GTA$ through the in-game Store.

While probably most people will like to earn their GTA$ through playing the game, there is a highly lucrative industry involving paying real money to players who happen to have some rare game item you want, without trying to earn it on your own.

Take-Two and Rockstar Games appears to want to cut out these middlemen, who are often from countries such as India. You can purchase GTA$ through, as the statement says, the game’s online store.

As long as the game remains popular, Grand Theft Auto Online will have a large enough percentage of its players who will rather buy the GTA$ instead of playing to earn them to make Take-Two its second billion dollars.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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20 Responses to "GTA 5 Set to Earn Its Second Billion This October"

  1. douglascobb   October 2, 2013 at 10:17 am

    No comment

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    • sophia   January 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      I dono bout it been hot lol but u could make it better an more fun not to mention the problems it had for ppl going online but yea it would be awsomeif u guys improve it more an u should so get rid of the kicking of the game wen ur no there

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  2. gooomer   October 2, 2013 at 3:35 am

    2 billion? great, maybe now they can buy more servers to make gta online actually work!

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  3. juan   September 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    at what hour tomorrow will gta 5 be available ? does it beggin at 12 pm?

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  4. Nick   September 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Okay all you who have already posted, the events of gta online take place before the events of the main story, so you will not have any of the money you have already earned, it’s on the gta website you speculative morons. 2nd the online service is supposed to drop at midnight est but so is a lot of content that’s supposed to be released at midnight on xbox, I’ll expect it sometime tomorrow like an hour before it becomes the 2nd of Oct.

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    • sophia   September 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Im from new zealand so wht time will it b for us to go online

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  5. sophia   September 30, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Were is gta online who r we waiting for

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  6. sophia   September 30, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Were is gta online ive been waiting long enough who r we waiting for

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  7. Garold Walker   September 30, 2013 at 4:40 am

    What about GTA5 Online?????
    http://www.stackfront.com/games/grand-theft-auto-v/

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  8. Garold Walker   September 30, 2013 at 4:38 am

    I don’t believe your money carries over from single player to online
    http://www.stackfront.com/games/grand-theft-auto-v/

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  9. Shannon   September 30, 2013 at 2:51 am

    What time does GTA5 come out? comes out tomorrow the 1st October.. is this 12:01am… or could this be anytime tomorrow? or is it american time – will then have to wait until Wednesday #firstworldproblems

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  10. matt   September 29, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    i was told it starts 1st oct at midnight but is that american midnight or australian midnight
    im in australia so do i have to wait till 2 pm the next day 2nd of october to finally play online?

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  11. waleed   September 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    does anyone know what time it gta 5 online comes out

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  12. Douglas Cobb   September 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You can check out the sources I used, including the Wall Street Journal, and if you think that they are poorly written, then I suppose I can understand why you think that mine is, also. Take-Two wants to make even more money off off their game, and they have their stock doing well and their investors happy, believing that Grand Theft Auto Online will score them a lot more money. The way they will get this money is exactly what their statement, which I quoted from, says — through people buying GTA$ at the online store.

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  13. kyle   September 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    you get 25 million dollars when you beat story mode in the game anyway

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    • Ryan   September 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I don’t believe your money carries over from single player to online

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  14. Antony   September 29, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I thought this article was written fine. It got the information a crossed, and added more detail then i was expecting.

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  15. Hew   September 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Your life is poorly written.

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  16. Tim Sellars   September 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

    When will the fruit app be available for windows phone?

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  17. Mike   September 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

    This article is pretty poorly written.

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