GTA Online’s Casino update brings in players in record numbers - Polygon

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Grand Theft Auto Online’s Diamond Casino & Resort update last week gave Rockstar’s flagship franchise its biggest number of players ever.

Rockstar didn’t share specific numbers, but it’s striking that a game from 2013 can, six years later, record its highest daily and weekly player total with a free content update. The Diamond Casino & Resort is a long-awaited location that adds gambling, lifestyle and story-driven gameplay to the sprawling outlaw fantasy.

The casino opened on July 23 with a set of story-based cooperative missions as well as more open-ended activities, such as blackjack and kill-the-valet. The Diamond Casino had sat as a practically vacant lot with an “opening soon” sign since Grand Theft Auto 5 launched in September 2013. Grand Theft Auto Online debuted a month later.

Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive and other sources credit the game with $6 billion in revenue generated. It and NBA 2K’s MyPlayer mode are routinely cited in investor conference calls as delivering mightily toward the publisher’s bottom line. Red Dead Online, a similar extension of last October’s Red Dead Redemption 2, continues that tradition with frequent updates and monetization.


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