Grand Theft Auto casino update saw "record player engagement"

Grand Theft Auto casino update saw "record player engagement"

The Casino update for Grand Theft Auto Online that rolled out at the end of July resulted in "record player engagement".

That's according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, who told investors while reporting its financial results for the three months ending June 30th, that this latest content update brought in a record number of players.

"In terms of the new casino update, this has been our biggest ever for Grand Theft Auto Online, which is saying a lot," Zelnick said, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha.

"And what we’ve seen already is record player engagement in daily, weekly, and monthly active users with a lot of more content coming. So, it’s looking just fantastic. And of course, we’re up year-over-year in the quarter, which is great."

To date, more than 110m copies of Grand Theft Auto V have been shipped - as of May 2019 - with Take-Two saying that it reckons its results for Grand Theft Auto Online will grow over the coming fiscal year. For the 2017/2018 financial year, Grand Theft Auto V was behind 25.7 per cent of Take-Two's net revenue

The title was top of the Steam charts last week due to a 50 per cent discount.

It's possible that future content for Grand Theft Auto Online may include The Lost and the Damned biker gang, last seen in 2008's Grand Theft Auto IV. Take-Two trademarked 'The Lost and Damned' earlier this year

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