Epic Games Store started to release free video games over a year ago. At first, they would release one free video game every two weeks. And that was amazing. However, that changed for the better after a short time! Epic Games Store started to offer one game every week! And sometimes even more than one game a week. How crazy is that?
Players that logged into their Epic account were able to get their hands on amazing titles on a regular basis. From indie games, such as What Remains of Edith Finch or Rime, to games like Kingdom Come: Deliverance, the entire Batman collection, and Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which are big titles.
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However, all of the games that were released so far did not even come close to comparing with the grand surprise from May 14. The Grand Theft Auto V. For Free! Like, the latest GTA video game was available for free. Epic Games Store really went overboard this time. This is the best give away game ever. Or at least, the best give away in the last decade—nonetheless, a fantastic opportunity.
This move definitely satisfied the players as well as the company. This article is about why giving away GTA V was such a wrecking ball. But before going into the details, we need to mention an opinion that goes around. It looks like players who really wanted to play GTA V have already done so.
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Grand Theft Auto V was a huge success from the start. This game was launched on Xbox 360 and PS3 back in 2013 on September 17. Just imagine what a big impact it had. It sold 1 million copies on release day alone! That’s an $800 million revenue. After just three days, the numbers changed to a billion. The popularity of the game was crazy—an absolute hit.
The premiere of the action-adventure game is known worldwide. However, what is not very well known is the fact that the game’s sale did not disappoint in the following years. Rockstar sold 34 million copies by August 2014. Then in December of the same year, the video game company gained another 11 million – 10 million thanks to PS 4 and Xbox One. Do keep in mind that both console were released in November 2014. In 2015, GTA V arrived on the PC platform, which marked its third global release.
Any other game would not have lasted that long. But GTA V did. So by 2015, was the period when “anyone who wanted to play this game did.” However, that did not stop the selling of the game. By 2017, another 15 million copies sold, reaching 90 million. Plus, after another two years, the game sold 30 million copies more. According to the most recent report from December 2019, GTA V sold 120 million copies.
Do keep in mind that this game is not cheap. And people continued to buy it for a relatively high price. The best deal for this game was on Steam. That’s when players were able to get it for $50, which is quite a high price for such an old game. The almost seven-year-old game is still selling well. 15 million copies sold a year is quite a remarkable achievement.
All we say is that GTA V still prevails. Like, let’s have a look at The Witcher 3 game. This video game sold only 10 million copies after its release. However, after five years from its release, The Witcher 3 and expansions combined sold 28 million copies. We all know that it was thanks to the Netflix series, but it is still an impressive achievement. It ranks in the top 20 best-selling games of all time. However, GTA V is much higher up the leader.