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“GTA V’s” Production Budget Vs. A Real City’s Budget

Which costs more: running an American city, or building the most expensive virtual city in video game history?

  1. 1. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Peoria, IL for a year
  2. 2. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Aspen, CO for a year
  3. 3. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Hoboken, NJ for a year
  4. 4. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Inglewood, CA for a year
  5. 5. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running LAPD for a year
  6. 6. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Paying all teachers and school staff in Culver City (LA neighorhood) for a year
  7. 7. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Burlington, VT for a year
  8. 8. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. All 2012 parking tickets in Washington DC
  9. 9. Which costs more?
    1. Making GTA V for a year
    2. Running Compton’s police force for a year

“Grand Theft Auto V” is the most expensive game in history, taking five years to burn through its estimated $265 million production and marketing costs. That comes down to $53 million a year.

It’s paying back in spades, though. Within 24 hours of the game’s launch, it topped a billion dollars in sales. By the end of October, it will most likely outsell the entire world’s music industries. Basically, Rockstar Games is printing money as we speak.

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