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Take-Two Interactive, which wholly owns Grand Theft Auto studio Rockstar Games, says that the games business is still growing, but that it's also becoming more expensive and risky.

 

"It's an expensive business, and the risk profile reflects that," Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told Bloomberg TV. Zelnick also said that the hit ratio for a well-run interactive entertainment company is in the 80s, while the hit ratio for a well-run movie company is in the 30s comparison.

 

"That said, those very expensive production, marketing, overhead, in the case of sports titles, licensing, they do create a risk profile," Zelnick said. "And from our point of view it embeds the winners even further. It actually creates a barrier to entry in our business." Zelnick added that a developer "cannot get in not without having a couple hundred high quality engineers and artists, loads of capital and lots of money to market the title."

 

Just Cause creator Avalanche Studios founder and creative director Christofer Sundberg recently shared a slightly more dire take on the matter, saying that the state of AAA development today is unhealthy and most big-budget games will never make a profit.

 

If there's a game company that knows that the games business is sometimes worth the risk, it's Take-Two. The company recently revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has now shipped more than 45 million copies worldwide, including 10 million on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The game is likely to grow further still, as the PC release is scheduled for March.

 

 



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Only reason that gaming is soooooo expensive is because of this need for huge "prudy, smuuth" games. If developers would STOP trying to make 1080p/60fps games and stop worrying about rushing games, thus having to sink way more money than needed into patches/fixes.......then games wouldn't be sooooo expensive.

 

STOP catering to hip/trendy times/technology & money & whiny little self-entitled douche nozzles (yourselves included devs) & START catering to high quality-low budget games......You DON'T have to have a AAA game with a grossly expensive budget to have a hit/good game.



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PC sales are gonna go wild.



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PC sales are gonna go wild.

I kinda doubt that, too many pirates.

 

You know what would make me laugh my ass off though.............if someone somehow hacked Rockstars computers and deleted all of the GTA V PC data thus causing Rockstar to have to cancel GTA V for the PC.



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PC sales are gonna go wild.

I kinda doubt that, too many pirates.

 

You know what would make me laugh my ass off though.............if someone somehow hacked Rockstars computers and deleted all of the GTA V PC data thus causing Rockstar to have to cancel GTA V for the PC.

 

Consoles have pirates too (including me)

 

Ain't gonna happen, GTA V on PC is gonna go wild, deal with it.



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Actually I must agree with pirates on GTA V for PC. I believe that some people will buy it, but a major of them will actually pirate it. Unfortunately that´s how I got both of my GTA games when I had them(San Andreas and Vice City). But I hope that actually many people will try to buy it instead of just downloading it.







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