GTA 5 had more players in 2020 than any previous year

GTA 5 and GTA Online had its most successful year thus far in 2020.


It’s been nearly eight years since Grand Theft Auto 5 was released. In that time, it’s grown to not only be the most successful GTA game, but one of the best-selling video games of all time. With a decade anniversary just around the corner, fans have been starving for details on GTA 6. However, this isn’t at all an indictment on the ongoing popularity of GTA 5, as the game has just hit a major milestone. GTA 5 and GTA Online had more players in 2020 than in any previous year.

This news comes from a recent earnings call held by publisher Take Two Interactive. The parent company of Rockstar Games, Take Two oversees titles like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto. During the call, executives shared that GTA 5 has now sold 140 million units since its release. The company announced GTA 5 sold more copies in 2020 than in any previous year. What’s more, the game had a larger player base than any year since its launch.

While this news is impressive, it doesn’t come as too big of a surprise. Rockstar has continued to supply GTA Online with new content and updates. Most recently, the Cayo Perico Heist added a new location to the game as well as more missions for players to tackle. Of course, this news may be mildly concerning for those hoping to hear about GTA 6 anytime soon, as the record-breaking success of GTA 5 may mean Rockstar is in no rush to push out the next installment.

GTA 5 is one of the best-selling games of all time, and GTA Online continues to be wildly popular, particularly on platforms like Twitch and YouTube. It’ll be fascinating to see what Rockstar does with the series as we transition into the new generation of consoles. For more on Grand Theft Auto, stick with us on Shacknews.

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    February 9, 2021 12:35 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, GTA 5 had more players in 2020 than any previous year

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      February 9, 2021 2:28 PM

      Pandemic playing was huge. They didn't have a major DLC release until December 2020 either since their summer update was mostly revisions to existing content and a few new cars.

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      February 9, 2021 4:06 PM

      The boost had everything to do with it being free through Epic Games last year. In the six weeks following the freebie, GTA 5 not only continued to sell well, it sold more copies than any previous year in the same period. It hadn't sold that well since it launched in 2013.

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        February 9, 2021 4:44 PM

        Fingers crossed for Epic's RDR2 giveaway...

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          February 9, 2021 5:40 PM

          If that happens anytime in the next year or two, it will probably just be the standalone mp portion.

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        February 9, 2021 5:47 PM

        There’s a RP mod that is responsible for it being so popular right now.

        There are currently over 300k people watching it on Twitch and I’m pretty sure it was closer to a million over the weekend. xQc, Hasan, Moonmoon, lots of big streamers been playing it.

        I don’t know the deal except that its a mod that has its own servers, and that to Rockstar’s credit they haven’t cracked down on it. Terrific publicity with the boost its given the game

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          February 9, 2021 5:49 PM

          That should say there’s “ALSO” a RP mod giving the boost its experiencing right now :)

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