Grand Theft Auto 6 Rumored To Have an In-Game Version of Bitcoin

By Scott Chipolina

Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6)—the much anticipated next installment of the GTA franchise—is rumored to feature cryptocurrency in-game.

Tom Henderson, described by gaming news outlet Game Rant as a “reputable leaker,” said yesterday that “I heard recently that in GTA 6, some missions will reward you in Bitcoin instead of cash for completing some missions.”

I heard recently that in GTA 6, some missions will reward you in bitcoin instead of cash for completing some missions.

The stock market feature will return, with the addition of a broker for different cryptocurrencies. If GTA 6 incorporates this right, it’s huge for crypto.

— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) June 3, 2021

Importantly, however, this would mean GTA 6 would feature “in-game” payments of Bitcoin—or potentially a GTA spin-off cryptocurrency.

In the same way that players can’t spend the cash earned in the game on uy real-world items, the Bitcoin payments would not be actual cryptocurrency.

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This is not the first time the Grand Theft Auto franchise has flirted with the crypto industry. And if true, it stands in stark contrast to Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick’s take on crypto. Take-Two Interactive is Grand Theft Auto’s publisher.

Grand Theft Auto and crypto

Zelnick isn’t optimistic about the crypto industry, making the rumored inclusion of crypto into the game a curious one.

“If you take metaverse, SPAC, and cryptocurrency, put them all together, in five years, will any of this matter? I’m not sure that it will,” he said on a Take-Two Q4 earnings call earlier this month.

The franchise has a track record for adding new in-game transactions as a feature of the latest GTA games, even incorporating a stock market feature. Per Henderson, the stock market feature is set to return in GTA 6.

However, the games have yet to incorporate anything crypto-related into online play.

If crypto makes its Grand Theft Auto debut in GTA 6, real or otherwise, it could undermine Zelnick’s crypto pessimism.