NPD has been tracking the sales records of video games since 1995. However, prior to its inception, NPD’s Toy Retail Survey Tracking was responsible for providing tangible figures to keep a track of numbers. These numbers also point towards the trending games. One such title that is missing from the list of the top 20 games of the month of August includes GTA 5.
GTA 5 wasn’t on the list of the best selling games for the month of August that caught the attention of Jeff Grubb and many others. It’s not like GTA 5 has stopped performing but just points to the fact that Take-Two has stopped providing digital sales records for the public NPD best selling titles list.
GTA 5: No specific reason for not including digital sales records
The list includes the best selling titles across all platforms. The video game industry has never been bigger than it is today. Keeping the range of titles that roll out every now and then, NPD manages to keep a track also providing the players with enough details to make informed choices.
Jeff Grubb took to Twitter to point that GTA 5 was not a part of the best selling titles of August. This he said, points towards the fact that Take-Two has stopped giving full approval of digital records. However, Take-Two isn’t the only publisher that has disabled this feature.
Just so it’s clear, it seems like Take-Two has stopped giving full approval to use digital sales in the public NPD best-selling chart. https://t.co/m80Sp4LoRt
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) September 14, 2020
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Nintendo has ten games on the list including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8. But, the list only includes physical sales. If we think about it numerically, it is a massive figure just in terms of physical sales.
However, it’s not like the digital sales records haven’t been provided. It’s just that the publisher has autonomous control over the inclusion of digital records in the best selling tiles list that is made public.
GTA 5 is over 7 years old. It will definitely fall short of making the top 20 in terms of physical sales. Although, while Take-Two has disapproved of sharing digital records, is it possible for GTA 5 to be on the list all the time?
There is not much that can be said on this matter as Take-Two hasn’t provided a reason for this decision. Stay tuned for more updates!