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Free GTA V giveaway caused PC player numbers to jump by 245 per cent

Published: 15:50, 22 June 2020
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A free giveaway of Rockstar's mammoth Grand Theft Auto V on the Epic Games Store caused PC player numbers to jump 245 per cent from April to May 2020, according to Superdata report.

Grand Theft Auto V released seven years ago but despite its age it is still one of the most popular titles in the world. The games' online component GTA Online is played regularly by hundreds of thousands of players and it's updated regularly with fresh content.

Recently, Grand Theft Auto V was available for free on the Epic Games Store and as expected, it caused all sorts of server issues for the storefront. On top of this, the free giveaway of GTA V on Epic Games Store caused PC player numbers to jump 245 per cent from April to May 2020. This is according to the latest report from a research company Superdata. 

The report also states that PC revenue more than doubled as players spent money on in-game content. "PC player numbers were only a quarter lower than the console version and PC revenue more than doubled as players purchased in-game content," the report states. "Despite the surge in revenue, however, the console version continues to outearn its PC counterpart 4-to-1."

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As you may know, Civilization VI was also given away for free on the Epic Games Store, which resulted in PC player number soar by 477 per cent while PC revenue grew by 52 per cent thanks to the promo and launch of new in-game content, including season pass.

Superdata's latest report also includes info about top-grossing titles in May and Pokemon Go spending. You can find it here .

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