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Grand Theft Auto 5 could be the biggest entertainment launch in history, around 2000 shops opening for midnight launch in UK

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Grand Theft Auto 5 could be the biggest entertainment launch in history, GAME have predicted. Speaking to MCV, Charlotte Knight, Category Director for GAME said:

“The gaming community has been anticipating this launch for years and there’s a very good chance that this could be the biggest entertainment launch in history. This is an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the gaming industry and GTA V is a massive part of that. We have some very exciting plans for launch.”

But they’re not alone, Grainger Games’  head of buying Chris Harwood said:

“We expect GTA V to blow records apart on launch. It is by far the most pre-ordered title we have had to date. There has been huge customer interest for months and this is continuing to grow each week.”

MCVUK also revealed today that around 2000 shops in the UK will be opening for a midnight launch. Here’s a list of total shops:

750 Tescos
Over 300 GAMEs
270 Asdas
248 Blockbusters
65 Grainger Games
7 Games Centre’s
100s of independent retailers

HMV haven’t worked out their exact number of shops opening for a midnight as of yet, but boss of games at HMC, Phil Bowes told MCV:

“The majority of our leading flagship stores will be opening at midnight to capitalise on the exceptional demand for this unique product.”

So places like Manchester that have dedicated gaming zones will probably open. A few places also have goodie bags for the first person in line, so contact your local shop to find out if they’ll be getting any in.