Vice City breaks UK sales records
Rockstar Games announced today that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City has become the fastest selling game in the UK ever. Thatís right, we said ever, and their sales numbers have more than doubled the previous record holder. GTA: VC has sold an unprecedented 250,000 copies in its first two days on sale, crushing the old figure of 120,000 copies held by Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of liberty in the same time frame. Even Grand Theft Auto III didnít cause such a craze in the first days of sale, as it took two weeks to sell its first 100,000 copies. However, GTAIII is the first ever video game to sell more than a million copies in the UK.
"This year has been the industry's best yet in terms of sales and this Christmas we expect to smash all previous records," said Roger Bennett, director general of ELSPA. "Smash-hit titles such as GTAIII and Harry Potter have helped to drive the market to new heights and it is interesting to see also that our chart of the best sellers ever is also buoyed by perennial favorites like Tomb Raider and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. It goes to show that the very best products just keep on selling to each new generation of gamer. It also demonstrates that the best-sellers cover all genres and are aimed at different audiences, from school kids and Harry Potter fans to adult males who enjoy fast-paced games such as GTAIII. It is also exciting to see that of our top ten best-sellers of all time, eight are from British based studios, a testament to the strength and creativity of UK games developers and publishers."
"It is vital not to underestimate the value that the games industry brings both culturally and in terms of money and jobs to the UK," Bennett continued. "Unfortunately there is also a tendency for some people to see only the negative and to accuse games of overt violence and corruption of young people. Let's be quite clear about this: Games such as GTAIII and Vice City are aimed at an adult audience. They are clearly labeled as being suitable for 18 years and over. These games make up a very small percentage of all the games published in the UK."
11/14/2002 Matt Stensrud