‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ Earns Seven Guinness World Records [Video]

Grand Theft Auto 5 has earned seven Guinness World Records, making it simply the most popular video game of all time, and this time Kanye West can’t butt in and say otherwise.

Being one of the top contenders for Game of the Year for 2013, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, GTA 5 certainly has the numbers to back it up in the brawl to be the best. Even the Guinness Book of World Records has seven places for it, some of them earned within the first 24 hours of being on sale.

Give it a bad review or a bad name in the US government if you like, but you can’t argue with numbers like this. Rockstar found it to be a challenge themselves as they rushed at the last minute to get enough servers to support the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, GTA 5‘s internet counterpart.

The seven Guinness World Records that Grand Theft Auto 5 earned are as follows:

  • The best-selling action-adventure video game in a period of 24 hours from its launch. Seriously, many stores had trouble keeping it in stock.
  • The best-selling video game in 24 hours.
  • The fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion. This includes video games as well as movies, music, etc..
  • The fastest video game to gross $1 billion.
  • The highest grossing video game in 24 hours.
  • The highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours.
  • The most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game. Yes, even the trailer got an award for GTA 5.

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday stated:

“Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won! I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book.”

Given these accolades, it’s no wonder the US government is attacking the game and calling Grand Theft Auto 5 the reason for the latest rounds of gun violence in their hunt for a scapegoat.

In the meantime, GTA 5 may have to stick to its guns, as the next-gen games get released next month and Call of Duty: Ghosts and Watch Dogs hit the shelves. History has proven that Call of Duty games are some of the best selling titles, and Grand Theft Auto 5‘s Guinness World Records may be threatened.