Rockstar Games are planning to monetize FiveM and RedM following the acquisition of the team behind the services; it has been suggested.
On Thursday night, the parent company of Rockstar Games, Take-Two Interactive held their quarterly earnings call with investors.
Take-Two discussed how popular GTA roleplay is and how it uses Take-Two and Rockstar’s property to make money.
CEO of Take-Two Strauss Zelnick mentioned the acquisition of Cfx.re which happened a few months ago. This is what he had to say:
“With their immense passion and creativity, Cfx has been pivotal to expanded the possibilities of user-generated content around Rockstar’s leading titles. We’re excited to see them continue to build these creative communities and help them thrive into the future.”Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick
The news of FiveM joining Take-Two was followed up by an investor asking questions about this acquisition.
The investor says the purchase was “super interesting”. The reason being it could allow Take-Two to “learn more about user-generated content.” Also “how they would be able to monetize that sort of content and expand the player base.”
He asked Mr Zelnick what’s the overall thoughts about the purchase of FiveM and how it fits in with Grand Theft Auto and their other games.
Zelnick responds with
“We’re really excited about it. I mean to be clear this is a small economic opportunity right now and a small cost. We want to be where the consumer and what’s going on role playing is happening in two ways, People are playing role-playing servers but people are watching what they’re doing on Twitch.
Both are really interesting. Actual number of people playing is a relative modest audience, it’s in the hundreds of thousands. But the people watching, that’s a huge audience. We’re interested in our intellectual property is protected. We’re also really interested in meeting the consumer with the consumer is. For certain consumers modding is really important activity.
Finally, people are consuming our intellectual property. We would like to monetize that if we can. We think this gives us an opportunity to do all of the above.”Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick
Despite Strauss saying “For certain consumers modding is really important activity” Take-Two routinely go after modders who create extensive mods fans would want to use. He does also say they do this to protect their IP. Also, they would “like to monetize” their IP if they can. This suggests new monetization could be on the way for FiveM and RedM.
For now we have no concrete details on what Rockstar Games and the FiveM team are planning.