GTA Online attracts 70% of connected GTA5 players

The vast majority of connected GTA5 players are diving into the online mode, giving it a long life even after its initial sales boom.

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The vast majority of connected Grand Theft Auto 5 players are diving into the online mode, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. In a recent interview, he hailed the persistence of GTAO as a success in and of itself, beyond the blockbuster success of its initial sales boom.

"70 per cent of the people who play GTA V while they're online are playing GTA Online, and that's turning out to be a very interesting property in and of itself," Zelnick said in an interview with Fox News (via GamesIndustry.biz). "It's a persistent world and it continues to live."

He said that thanks to this, it's the "gift that keeps on giving," and stressed that ongoing spending is a relatively new trend for the company that is used to collecting its cash and moving onto the next project. On top of that, he gave himself a little pat on the back for calling it. "I talked about that when we took over Take-Two six years ago, and it's nice to see it coming true," he said.

This was no doubt aided by regular updates to GTA Online, most recently in the form of user-created jobs. Rockstar has been steadily pumping out more content for GTAO, and the possibility of a PC version would give it another shot in the arm.

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    April 11, 2014 12:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, GTA Online attracts 70% of connected GTA5 players.

    The vast majority of connected GTA5 players are diving into the online mode, giving it a long life even after its initial sales boom.

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      April 11, 2014 12:43 PM

      This just in, Strausse Buttnick likes money, GTA Online shark cards are selling like hotcakes and people like to play online. Need the PC/PS4 version already....

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        April 11, 2014 2:09 PM

        Where did the replacing a part of someone's name in an attempt to be amusing start? I began to notice it a few years ago on political websites but now it seems it has started to spread out into the rest of the internet.

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        April 11, 2014 4:35 PM

        You're criticizing him for liking money, and then demanding that they release other versions of the game. That's a little incongruous. Also, I'm surprised you didn't go completely sophomoric and call him, "Strausse Buttlick." It was there for the taking, but you half-assed it. Overall, I'm very disappointed. You should be renamed apprenticemike569

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      April 11, 2014 5:32 PM

      I'm still playing, PS3. Any idea if there's a Shacknews Crew?

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      April 11, 2014 5:46 PM

      Still hope the do some DLC for singlenplayer. Have they mentioned anything about that?

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      April 11, 2014 5:49 PM

      fuck gta online... what a mess compared to the single player game

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        April 11, 2014 7:36 PM

        It was a lot of fun up until about level 80, the discovery of super money hacks, lack of adding missions, and lack of Heist mode.

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      April 11, 2014 5:51 PM

      So about that heist mode....

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        April 11, 2014 6:21 PM

        70% of all GTA5 players are very disappointed by its lack of inclusion...

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      April 11, 2014 6:40 PM

      70%? what does this mean? no way are 70% of gta5 players are playing multiplayer

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        April 11, 2014 7:30 PM

        actively playing something regularly and "diving in" as in trying it out and logging at least an hour or two are two entirely different things.

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        April 11, 2014 8:12 PM

        seems like a bullshit statistic that omly serves to justify its existence (ala 70% logged into multiplayer once, of those 3% ever came back) and long term plans of bleeding customers dry activision/ea style either with subscriptions like wow or microtransaction/exclusive access to maps.

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      April 11, 2014 7:33 PM

      I tried it, realized after a long time that I was actually supposed to be doing a mission with a dude who had started running to the checkpoint that was half way across the map. Hopped in a car and went to pick him up (I dunno why he didn't steal a car) to find out he was lagged to shit and it took like 30 seconds for him to "catch up" to me. Completed the mission somehow. Haven't logged back on since.

      And that was all *well* after the initial rush of players. Hell, I don't even think I bought GTA 5 until pretty much everyone around here had already beaten it.

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      April 11, 2014 8:24 PM

      Stopped playing before it launched

      Will never go back and try it

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