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GTA Online player numbers are bigger than ever thanks to casino update

The chances of Grand Theft Auto VI being announced anytime soon have just taken another drop and it’s all because GTA V is still too popular.

Six years after its initial release and GTA V is still rarely out of the top 10 but that only hints at the ongoing level of its success, as the most lucrative part of the game is GTA Online.

Thanks to a renewed marketing campaign, and the fact that the casino’s existence has been teased for years, the recent update has seen GTA Online become more popular than ever.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the casino update led to the biggest single day and week in player numbers since the game first went online in 2013.

Rockstar hasn’t revealed what those numbers are though, and the only official figures anyone has to go off is that the parent game has now sold over 110 million copies and that back in 2014 there were 33 million active players on GTA Online.

That second figure is likely to be much higher now, while GTA V itself is the highest grossing media product of all-time. That means that while titles like Minecraft have sold more copies GTA V has made more money than any game, movie, or music album in history – at around $6 billion.

The casino update itself is free though, as are all expansions for GTA Online, and it’s microtransactions used for additional clothes and vehicles where Rockstar make their money.

That includes microtransactions to buy gambling chips at the casino, something which has been heavily criticised as it means GTA Online allows you to gamble with real money, even if it doesn’t pay out real cash.

That’s obviously not put off many people but the update’s success also makes it extremely unlikely that Rockstar would announce GTA VI any time soon, lest they kill their cash cow.

What is likely though is the annoucement of a version of GTA V for PlayStation 5, Project Scarlett, and Stadia, as Rockstar will be keen to ensure the game doesn’t lose any players as they move onto next generation formats.

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