November 07, 2004

San Andreas business

Writing about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas from 9276

Seems that GTA:SA did great business; ChartTrack report that it sold 677,000 copies in its opening weekend - more than twice the sales of Vice City, the fastest selling title prior to San Andreas. At about £35 on average per copy, that's £24 million in a weekend. It also seems to have fuelled sales of the new slimline PS2, with many customers buying both the game and the console to play it on.

It's interesting that this doesn't seem to get reported in the media as a remarkable feat; it's Harry Potter or Star Wars sized business, representing a better opening weekend than just about any book or movie. But while record-breakers in every other medium are news-worthy, not so games, it seems. Strange.

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  1. To have 677k sales in just one week is astonishing, especially when you go back in time just 12 months to the launch of the N-Gage yielding under 500 sales in the week.

    I think the fact that it's not being reported is just a cultural thing, that playing video games is seen as some "underground" thing and not mainstream like films or TV.

    07 Nov 2004, 20:53

  2. Steven Carpenter

    Rockstar managed this release well, with timed teasers and trailers – though I'm sure it would have moved at least as many copies as Vice City on reputation alone. As for the reporting, wait for the first 'game-inspired' drive-by…

    08 Nov 2004, 08:58

  3. It will be interesting to see if the 2 million sales of Halo 2 in the first 3 days of going on sale makes any newspapers. 2 million is an underestimate given the number of preorders exceeds 1.75 million. US release is tomorrow, UK release Thursday, boy I hope Xbox Live works properly by then. :)

    08 Nov 2004, 21:34

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