Grand Theft Auto V is unsurprisingly the best-selling game of the 2010s in the US and UK

Grand Theft Auto V is unsurprisingly the best-selling game of the 2010s in the US and UK

To the surprise of literally no-one, Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V is reported to be the best-selling release of the last ten years in both the USA and UK. 

That's according to publishing giant Take-Two, which says that its 2013 release made the most of any game in America in terms of US dollars for the 2010s, citing stats from market tracker NPD Group. The blockbuster crime romp is also the UK's biggest game of the last ten years, too, according to the BBC referring to metrics from former British market tracker GfK.

Take-Two also claims that in excess of 150m copies of Grand Theft Auto V and Rockstar's more recent Red Dead Redemption 2 have been shipped in total. The majority of that figure – 115m – is the former release, unsurprising as Grand Theft Auto V has been out since September 2013, meaning that 2018's Red Dead Redemption 2 has shipped around 35m copies as of the end of 2019.

The firm says that Rockstar's online audience is now its biggest to date off the back of this success.

Grand Theft Auto V launched on PC in April 2015 following the game's release on both the PS3/360 generation in 2013 and the PS4/Xbox One consoles in November 2014. Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox Ones, before hitting PC platforms, except for Steam, in November of last year, then rolling onto Valve's platform the following month.

It hasn't been all good news for Rockstar, however. The company has had to defend itself over the fact that it has claimed huge sums in UK Video Game Tax Relief – including $49m in 2019 – while paying no corporation tax in the region

PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.