For the first time, GTA 5 did not make NPD’s year-end best-seller list (but there’s a reason)

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    The NPD has released its monthly breakdown of videogame sales in the US, and since the most recent month was December, this means we get to look at the top-selling games of the year. 2020 presents us with a massive milestone for the annual NPD charts, though: it’s the first time that Grand Theft Auto 5 has not been among the 20 best-selling of the year.

    GTA 5 was the eleventh best-selling title of the year in both 2019 and 2018, and its place was (naturally) even higher in previous years. But its absence from the 2020 chart doesn’t mean it’s stopped selling. In fact, on this year’s UK charts GTA ranked in third place, just behind Black Ops – Cold War.

    So why is GTA completely missing from the 2020 US charts? Because digital sales of Rockstar parent company Take-Two’s games are no longer included in the tracking group’s list of best-selling titles – presumably at the publisher’s request. This does mean that retail sales of physical game copies, which are tracked, were not enough to get GTA 5 to chart, but it’s likely the game still would’ve made the top 20 if digital sales were included.
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