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Amazon sells out of pre-release Grand Theft Auto V despite illegal downloads through torrent sites

By Stephen Lepitak | -

September 15, 2013 | 2 min read

Amazon has sold out of pre-orders of the much anticipated Xbox 360 video game, Grand Theft Auto 5, despite it becoming available for downloading illegally through torrent websites.

The Rockstar-developed crime game, which was leaked in advance of official release last week and downloaded illegally by a number of Xbox-360 users who now face bans by Microsoft, is scheduled for official release on Tuesday 17 September, although Amazon had begun to sell it four days in advance.

Now, the online retail giant has updated customers to inform them that it is waiting on new stock before it is able to ship the game, due to high demand.

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The stock update message, read: “Please note--due to high demand, orders placed for Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360) from September 13 will be shipped as soon as we receive inventory.”

It is reported that the title itself cost £170m, making it the most expensive video game ever developed.

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