GTA sales tops $500m

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GTA sales tops $500m

Grand Theft Auto 4 raked in more than $500 million in its first week in stores, selling more than six million units worldwide, says

The title sold about 3.6 million units on 29 April, its opening day, bringing in roughly $310 million.

This is $10 million more than what Microsoft Halo 3 took in during its first week.

Government plugs gaming skills gap

With the Indian gaming and animation industry growing, the information and broadcasting ministry has engaged a top multinational firm to prepare a report on the burgeoning manpower needs in these sectors, states Economic Times.

The ministry has asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare a report on the future requirement of skilled manpower in gaming and visual effects sector.

The report would enable the government to plan and create necessary training facilities in the field. The ministry has sought inputs from the industry, academic institutes and students and asked them to join a virtual open house for consultations on this sunshine sector in India.

Blizzard opens digital store

Warcraft and StarCraft developer Blizzard has begun offering direct downloads of select PC titles via a new portion of its online store, reports Shack News.

At present, the store's digital download section only contains three listings: the StarCraft Anthology, Warcraft III, and the WarCraft III Frozen Throne expansion. They mark the first digitally distributed releases of any Blizzard game, apart from World of Warcraft.

Furthermore, owners of certain Blizzard efforts can now register their CD keys on the site to add the titles to their Blizzard Account and download them free at any time, though Diablo II-related downloads are not yet ready.

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