Forget movies and their $100 million weekends. The real money is in video games. I’m not kidding. In 2014, $83.6 billion was made in the video game industry, compared to the $36.4 billion the film industry made. Admittedly, it’s hard to gauge the profitability of the two industries, but the gap has widened in the years since, with the film industry remaining steady, and an extra $20 billion or so being added to the totals in 2016.
If those quick stats aren’t enough, let’s take a look at one microcosm of the industry in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2. The game just hit consoles this past weekend — you may have heard about it — and to the surprise of no one, it’s made a hefty sum. According to Rockstar Games, the game grossed over $725 million this past weekend worldwide.
Believe it or not, while it was the fastest selling game in an opening weekend, it wasn’t the fastest-selling game over three days. That honor belongs to Grand Theft Auto V, which hit $1 billion in three days. But it did set some records. Sony has stated that the game set records for PlayStation network for pre-orders, one-day sales, and highest sales in three days.
Of course, not all games are Red Dead Redemption 2, and given that it likely has a heft development budget — though we don’t have any figures on that — we know there was a lot riding on this release.
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