A story by Dow Jones
speculates that the slowing sales of GTA IV
may hurt Take-Two's chances of getting a good buyout deal from EA. The two companies are currently in behind-closed-doors negotiations
following several months of failed hostile takeover bids
by EA for the GTA
came out of the gate strong when it premiered in April, earning $500 million in its first week
and going on to sell 8.5 million units so far. However, August NPD
data shows the game has slipped to the 46th best-selling game spot for the month, which is another notch down the ladder from its 45th place in July.