Grand Theft Auto V sold 438k copies during UK lockdown

Grand Theft Auto V sold 438k copies during UK lockdown

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V was bought more than 438,000 copies times in the UK during the country's COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown.

That's according to the Entertainment Retailer's Association, which reports that the game shifted 438,902 units during the stay at home period, between March 23rd and June 13th. The blockbuster crime romp was the fifth best-selling item of entertainment during this time, coming in behind Disney's Star Wars IX: Rise of Skywalker and Frozen 2 – which took the top two spots – and fellow video games FIFA 20 and Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Those titles shifted 506,572 and 474,902 copies respectively.

The latter likely sold well in part due to the launch of the Warzone battle royale mode.

Meanwhile, NBA 2K20 sold 400,879 units, while Nintendo Switch exclusive was bought 206,069 times. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered shifted 203,749 copies during lockdown.

“The resilience of entertainment sales even during the lockdown was remarkable," ERA CEO Kim Bayley (pictured) said.

"It was an incredible result for Disney Studios, coming on top of the successful launch of Disney+, but it also highlighted the strength of the biggest video games. The games business typically focuses on new releases. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released in August 2019, FIFA 20 came out in September, and Grand Theft Auto V is nearly seven years old.”

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