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GTA V is best-selling game of 2013

Grand Theft Auto V has been named the best-selling game of last year, shifting 32.5 million units worldwide.

Take-Two Interactive, the games distributor for GTA V developer Rockstar Games, revealed that the game had broken six world records between its September 17 launch and the end of 2013.

"Take-Two's business continued to outperform expectations significantly during the fiscal third quarter," said Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive.

Sales of GTA V helped improve Take-Two Interactive's third quarter revenues from $405 million (£249 million) in 2012, to $767 million (£471 million) in 2013.

The company expects growth to continue in 2014 with the launch of the game for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. There are also rumours that a PC-version of the game is also to be launched this year.

Exceptional sales for GTA V have previously been credited with pushing the video games market into growth for the first time in five years.

The first three days of sales of the game brought in $800 million (£496 million) worth of revenue and it went on to become the fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion (£625 million).

"Our results were driven by robust holiday demand for Grand Theft Auto V, the franchise record-breaking launch of NBA 2K14, the successful release of WWE 2K14, and strong growth in digitally delivered revenues led by Grand Theft Auto Online," Zelnick added.

"Take-Two was the top video game publisher of 2013, according to the NPD Group, underscoring our positive momentum over the past year."