45% of Grand Theft Auto V Players Double-Dipped According to PlayTracker Data

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 12:53 PM
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Grand Theft Auto V was bought multiple times by almost half of its install base, according to data farmed from gaming profile service PlayTracker. Some 45% of all GTA V owners bought the game more than once, and an estimated 37.3% of the total number of copies sold were to people who’d already bought GTA 5 before.

Based upon the 95 million confirmed copies of GTA V that have been sold, and with PlayTracker taking an average of $40 per copy, that equates to $1.4 billion in revenue from users buying multiple copies. That’s five times GTA 5’s entire development and marketing budget spent by users wanting to play the game on multiple platforms.

Amazingly, of the 37.3% of duplicate copies of Grand Theft Auto V sold, just 28.5% of this figure was by double-dippers. 7.6% of GTA 5 owners using PlayTracker triple-dipped, while the remaining 1.2% bought the game on four, sometimes even five platforms! This figure falls outside the margin of error, but potentially one in 500 GTA V players have bought the game on every platform the game was released. Which is, well, bizarre really.

The figures are far, far higher than we’d anticipated, although it comes with some major caveats. This information is based upon PlayTracker’s cross-platform owner data and has a margin of error of 2%.

Not only does this provide some insight into double dipping culture, but it’s also an enormous red flag as to why we haven’t heard a whisper about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC just yet. While we have our reservations about the data (more on that later), even if the numbers are wildly out it appears as if hundreds of millions of dollars have been made by releasing GTA V on multiple platforms, split across multiple years and generations. It is in Rockstar’s best interests to get fans to buy RDR2 right now before revealing a PC version, and subsequently encouraging those fans to pick up the game yet again.

Interestingly, Steam makes up the second largest platform for GTA 5 sales with 21% of the sales, sitting just behind the Xbox 360 which was the market leader with 27% of the sales. It’s here that we spot the greatest potential for erroneous data though. PlayTracker is a service used to link various platforms and allows users to manage achievement unlocks and play times across several devices and service. There’s going to be a certain segment of the market more likely to actively use a service like this and contribute to the data though, which is why I believe we see the Xbox 360 with such a huge share of the market. Xbox owners are surely more inclined to hunt for achievements as that’s where the initiative started. Steam achievements and PSN trophies feel like an afterthought in comparison.

The data we have available shows GTA V actually sold far more copies on PS3 and PS4 than it did on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It’s kind of obvious but GTA has been synonymous with the PlayStation brand since GTA 3, and it’s where the lion’s shares of the sales are going to be. That throws some serious shade on these numbers being touted by PlayTracker but they can only give us the data it has in its possession, which indicates a large proportion of users double and even triple-dipping on Rockstar’s bestselling game.

For this reason, I believe the numbers are way out, but it's certainly interesting to see just how high a proportion of PlayTracker users have bought multiple copies of GTA 5.

Did you double-dip on GTA 5? Do you think this is the main reason why Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC hasn't been announced yet? Let us know!

How many copies of GTA V did you buy?

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17:06 Nov-07-2018

And that's why Rockstar launched RDR2 first on consoles, this way they'll make sure a number of people buy it twice.

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05:48 Nov-07-2018

I have a ps3 version and a pc version.
But sold my ps3 alongside all my games to my brother, but still i think i can say i have 2 versions

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22:05 Nov-06-2018

Oh wow... Some people got it more than 2 times !!! I mean, i get it if you own PC and a console to get 2 but this is a surprise.
OR maybe not such a great surprise if you think it twice. Back in the 2013 this game was solid gold. Word.

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18:31 Nov-06-2018

i downloaded it for my pc.

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02:14 Nov-06-2018

mostly because the pc situation

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22:15 Nov-05-2018

Still don't own a copy, and even if it went on sale for 99 cents, I still wouldn't buy it..... the only way I'll ever own a copy of GTA 5 or RDR2 or any Rockstar game is if it's given to me for free....... they are one of the developers I refuse to support as long as they keep their antagonistic attitudes towards PC gaming..... Blizzard is another company I've just added to that list unless they redeem themselves with a proper Diablo game.

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20:17 Nov-05-2018

I bought the game on Day One on PS3 and beat it in under three weeks. I've bought it twice for PS4 and I might buy it on PC. However, those PS4 purchases were during sales. I wasn't going to pay full price for a remaster.

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05:51 Nov-07-2018

Same here for ps3, bought it the night it was released when my shop opened at 12am. Had to wait untill around 2am cause of the line outside the shop, but didnt slept that night.
I beat the game around 3 weeks later, got 100% 2-3 months later.
As for the pc version, also bought it on the day it released, but still have to get to 100%

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18:55 Nov-05-2018

I've Bought 2 copies for PC. 3 Copies for Xbox 360, 2 copies for XboxOne and 1 copy for PS4.

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05:43 Nov-06-2018

Why so many copies, especially for PC? It just seems kind of weird, unless you bought them for other people too. An explanation wouldn't hurt.

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15:17 Nov-06-2018

OK I'll start at the beginning. Bought 3 Copies for Xbox 360 when it was first released. One for me, one for my son and one for the wife. Bought two on PC one for me and one for my son. Bought 1 copy on PS4 for my son (He has friends that play on PS4).
Bought two on XBoxOne, again one for my son (has another group of friends that play on XBoxOne) and the other for the wife

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15:27 Nov-06-2018

I'm sorry the poll didn't go high enough :(

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22:16 Nov-06-2018

Okay, that makes sense. That's a lot of copies.

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18:18 Nov-05-2018

PS3, PS4, and then much later PC. I got my PS3 and PS4 copies day one, and then later got my PC copy because my 4 man heist group as a whole was transitioning to PC for a plethora of reasons. Not the least of which is that voice sucks on PS4, especially the fact that it's really finicky about NAT type.

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18:01 Nov-05-2018

Hehe... funny story for me. I got my PS4 around the time when GTA V released on next-gen consoles and I just couldn't wait for the PC release so I got the game on PS4. After a few months I also bought a PS3 for dirt cheap and the guy had GTA V included (without a case). To top it all off, my friend got the game on PC and wanted a buddy to play with so he gifted the game to me on PC too! Of course I am only playing it on PC now.

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17:27 Nov-05-2018

The only real gaming hardware I have is my laptop, so I only have 1 platform.

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15:40 Nov-05-2018

I brought two times, once on PS3 in 2013 and on PC in 2015.

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15:32 Nov-05-2018

I only have it for the PS3, disappointing game really.
My question is who triple dipped or above XD

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15:29 Nov-05-2018

Clearly not everyone knows what "double-dipping" means... xD


Hilarious f*ck-ups aside - this greed is why we can't have a PC release of RDR2 just yet. This is why...

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15:36 Nov-05-2018

wut

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16:33 Nov-05-2018

i think that he wants to say that they wont relase RDR2 on pc to force us to buy it for ps4 and then after a year or more they relase it on pc so that we buy it again

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22:51 Nov-05-2018

Clearly a tactic that they want to exploit.

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22:52 Nov-05-2018

the DD part or the greed part? :D

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15:26 Nov-05-2018

They really need those ban system checked.Got a 30 day ban yesterday because a few months ago some a$$hat on a public server started dropping money and spamming the server by spawning planes and vehicles.Managed to get out and report the dude(we were also doing some important biker club activities,and now(that happened in july)me and the other 2 guys I was in the club with got the ban and there goes progress since July 2015.IDK why I'm even ranting here but saw GTA and I'm really pi*sed right now.

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15:05 Nov-05-2018

Good news then: if this figures are close to reality, 2K knows it's profitable to fund the PC version and a port is likely on its way

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14:58 Nov-05-2018

What an awesome way to wast money, really people paying 60 bucks just to experience the same game on another platform? wtf, double dipping is really stupid in my opinion.And thanks to all of those people buying 2 ,3 4 or een 5 times the same game is why we don´t have RDR2 for PC :/

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18:21 Nov-05-2018

By the time that RDR2 comes out for PC I will have played RDR2 at least 500 hours, probably more. Explain to me how that's a waste of money. By the time that it comes out on PC the ending will be spoiled for everyone, I want to finish it before that happens. I haven't waited 8 years just to not get that feeling of played an unspoiled game.

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22:15 Nov-05-2018

Thats not what i said, i said buying the game more than 2 times is just retarded, i understand those who bought the ps3 or xbox 360 version of the game, but those who bought the game for ps4 xbox one is just a waste.

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14:49 Nov-05-2018

Bought it 2 times, xbox360(back in the releasing day) and pc.

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14:44 Nov-05-2018

Why exactly would you buy it multiple times?


I get some people bought the ps3 or x360 version, and wanted the new features on the new consoles/PC. But buying it 3, 4 or 5 times?? Are you buying it for friends or something??

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18:21 Nov-05-2018

I bought mine for 360 when it was first released. Again on Xbox One when it was first released.. Bought it on PC about 2, maybe 3 years ago when I got my first PC that could run it with mods, but I bought it for about $15 bucks.


So the first two times I bought it were for actually playing with friend online. Third time was for mods on my own really.

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18:26 Nov-05-2018

As for 4 or 5 times.. That's a bit excessive to me. I guess if you have PS/Xbox/PC and want to play with friends on all? But I have all 3, and I use PS4 for single player games only. Anymore than 3 seems really excessive.

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14:42 Nov-05-2018

So this probably means that every game they make will be released after 2-3 years on pc just so they make more money ?

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