Thanks to The Diamond Casino and Resort, the number of GTA Online players has soared, reaching record levels according to Rockstar Games.
Rockstar Games has recently confirmed that active player numbers for the online component of their smash hit video games series Grand Theft Auto has reached a record high.
The developer as of yet has not released any official figures, but in a statement on Rockstar Newswire, their official blog, they have stated:
“…this past week has seen more players than ever in GTA Online, with records set for biggest day and biggest week of player numbers since the game first launched back in 2013.”
The massive increase in player numbers is of course down to the release of the game’s latest official DLC, The Diamond Casino and Resort.
After five years of waiting, players (in participating countries) can now enter the casino for some gambling fun with their GTA Online characters.
Since the game’s launch, the casino has been closed, with an ever-present sign that simply stated: “Opening Soon”.
This meant that for five years, GTA Online players were expecting the casino to open with each subsequent DLC release, which of course it never did, until now.
As with most DLC for GTA Online, the update didn’t just bring new functionality to the casino, but also a new storyline to take part in, an abundance of clothing, new vehicles and of course a new property – The Penthouse.
The gambling facility may only have just been made possible thanks to the availability of gambling in Rockstar Games’ other massive title Red Dead Online, the online component of smash hit title Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rockstar Games have presumably had to deal with a lot of legal wrangling in order to facilitate gambling in their games, which actually isn’t available to all players due to restrictive gambling laws in some countries.
This has led to some backlash from concerned groups and watchdogs that the games may encourage gambling with younger gamers, which should not be their real concern.
Consider that people under the age of 18 should not be playing these games anyway, and also, Rockstar Games has implemented a system whereby in-game money purchased with real-world money cannot be used for gambling activities in their games.
Therefore, say what you will about gambling in Rockstar Games’ games, it technically isn’t real gambling, especially when compared to the insidious loot box system in place with other popular online games such as Star Trek Online and Elder Scrolls Online.
Of course, there are many other controversies surrounding Grand Theft Auto such as modders ruining the game and the recent blame placed on GTA (and other games) by blind politicians over the recent mass shootings in the United States, none of which Rockstar Games are responsible for.
With each of its excellent DLC updates, GTA Online only seems to get bigger and bigger, and the development team at Rockstar Games work extremely hard to provide fresh and new content almost constantly to a growing player base.
The game has now sold 110 million copies, making it the third best selling game of all time behind Tetris and Minecraft.
GTA V also continues to sell well and is a permanent resident of the top 10 games across all available platforms. The game is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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