Grand Theft Auto V Draws Fans to Midnight Launches


Zohair Ali from London is first in the queue to pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto V at the flagship GAME store in Westfield Stratford City in London, which opened at midnight so fans could get a copy the moment the game was released. (Picture: PA)


Number one! (Picture: PA)


Better than the Olympics. (Picture: PA)


The guy who was second in line isn’t quite as enthusiastic. (Picture: PA)


This is the best moment of his life. Probably (Picture: PA)


Gaming enthusiast Casey Riffel holds up his copy of the latest release of “Grand Theft Auto Five” as he gets a hug from animator Michael Petterson after midnight at a Game Stop gaming store in Encinitas, California September 17, 2013. Petterson is a game developer who helped with animation on the game and was thrilled to see a large crowd at midnight to support his work. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


Computer game animator Michael Petterson (C) and his fellow developers gather for a picture as they attend the midnight release of their game “Grand Theft Auto Five” at a local Game Stop store in Encinitas, California September 17, 2013. The launch comes at a time when the $66 billion video game industry, which has been struggling with flagging sales, is expecting a shot in the arm from holiday game releases and new game hardware like Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


A gaming enthusiast leaves a local Game Stop gaming store after purchasing the latest release of “Grand Theft Auto Five” in Encinitas, California September 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


Gaming enthusiast Casey Riffel holds up his copy of the latest release of “Grand Theft Auto Five” after waiting in line until midnight at a Game Stop gaming store in Encinitas, California September 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


Gaming enthusiasts file in after midnight at a local Game Stop gaming store to purchase the latest release of “Grand Theft Auto Five” in Encinitas, California September 17, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)


Gaming enthusiasts wait till midnight at a local Game Stop gaming store to purchase the latest release of “Grand Theft Auto Five” in Encinitas, California September 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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