GTA 5 Awarded 7 Guinness World Records

    October 10, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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It was almost a given that Grand Theft Auto V would break some sort of record. Its predecessor, Grand Theft Auto IV, broke sales records when it was released back in 2008 and the hype for GTA V this year was quite possibly even higher than for that classic.

Sure enough, sales of GTA V took off on day one with more than $800 million in revenue. That figure had easily hit $1 billion by the weekend. Those amazing sales numbers have now earned GTA V a place in the Guinness World Record book – six times over.

The Guinness World Records organization this week awarded GTA V six different world records, all of them involving the speed with which the game sold. A seventh record was also awarded to the game based on its official trailer, which Guinness World Records says is the “most viewed” trailer for an action-adventure video game. Here are the records, some of which put GTA V above even movies an music:

  • Best-selling action-adventure videogame in 24 hours
  • Best-selling videogame in 24 hours
  • Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  • Fastest videogame to gross $1 billion
  • Highest grossing videogame in 24 hours
  • Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  • Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogame

GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books,” said Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records. “Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.”

  • Yep

    There is a reason why everyone loves these games …. they are really well done. What got me hooked with GTA 4. Niko Bellic was great.

    At first, I didn’t want to play the game because I heard all the hype that the game promoted violence. I got GTA 4 for free, so I tried it and really it was like being in a movie. Really a pretty great plot line. Straight forward but with some interesting twists. The characters are what makes the series. They are all interesting. I can spend $12 bucks on a movie ticket for a two hour movie that may suck or spend $49 on this game and have weeks of fun.

    It doesn’t promote violence either. Right now, on my TV is some stupid cop drama. These are the things that distort reality. People watch this garbage and think it is for real. Cop dramas really distort the reality of crime — it makes it seem like every person being arrested is some serial killer or rapist. The reality is that the vast majority of people are being arrested for really petty things. Heck, the same crime may give you two completely different sentences in different states. Yet, some states make a lot of money off of incarceration. It is big business.

  • http://Personal Chris smith

    First off this game went through hell and back to get released. It been in the works for years I think I read somethink back in 2008 after rockstar released gta4 that they were prompted on a gta5 after the g.b.o.w.r it’s not surprising at all that this game sold over a billion Dolors in three weeks it will not surprise me it a gta6 will break it eather best game I’ve ever played and rockstar games, please email me cause I have great ideas for sequals