Here Are (Almost) All Of The Stores Doing Midnight Launches For Grand Theft Auto V

Call me crazy but I love midnight launches. I've been to a bunch of them. It's not even about the game for me — I don't think I've ever come home from a midnight launch and played the game I've just bought. I usually just go to bed. I just like getting the game! I like the excitement. If you're keen to go to a midnight launch for Grand Theft Auto V, here is a list of (almost) all of the stores running midnight launches for the game.

I don't think I've ever seen such a ponderous list. I've never seen such a massive amount of support for a new game coming out. It's insane.

Also: if you run an independent store and want to be added to this list, feel free to email me here.

EB Games

New South Wales

EB Albury EB Armidale EB Ashfield EB Balgowlah EB Ballina Central EB Bankstown EB Bateau Bay EB Batemans Bay EB Bathurst EB Baulkham Hills EB Bega EB Blacktown EB Bondi EB Broadway EB Broken Hill EB Burwood EB Campbelltown EB Carlingford Court EB Castle Towers EB Cessnock EB Charlestown Sq EB Chatswood EB Chatswood Chase EB Chullora EB Coffs Harbour EB Coffs Palms Centre EB Dapto EB Darling Harbour EB Dee Why EB Dubbo EB Eastgardens EB Erina Fair EB Fairfield EB Figtree EB Forster EB Galeries EB George Street EB Glendale EB Gosford EB Goulburn EB Grafton EB Greenhills EB Griffith EB Hornsby EB Hurstville EB Inverell EB Jesmond EB Katoomba EB Kempsey EB Kotara EB Lake Haven EB Lake Macquarie EB Lavington EB Lismore EB Lismore Woodlark St EB Lithgow EB Liverpool EB MacArthur Square EB MacQuarie Centre EB Maitland EB Maroubra EB Marrickville EB Menai EB Merrylands EB Miranda EB Mittagong EB Mt Druitt EB Mudgee EB Murwillumbah EB Muswellbrook EB Narellan EB Nepean EB North Rocks EB Nowra EB Orange EB Parkes EB Parramatta EB Penrith ground lvl EB Plumpton EB Port Macquarie EB Raymond Terrace EB Rhodes EB Richmond Markets EB Riverside EB Roselands EB Rouse Hill EB Royal Randwick EB Salamander Bay EB Settlement City EB Seven Hills EB Shellharbour EB St Clair EB St Marys EB Stanhope EB Sylvania Waters EB Tamworth EB Tamworth 2 EB Taree EB Toormina EB Top Ryde EB Tuggerah EB Tweed City EB Tweed Mall EB Wagga EB Warrawong EB Warriewood EB Warringah Mall EB Wetherill Park EB Winston Hills EB Wollongong EB Woy Woy World Square

Victoria

EB Airport West EB Altona EB Bairnsdale EB Ballarat Central EB Bendigo Marketplace EB Blackburn Square EB Box Hill EB Brandon Park EB Brimbank EB Broadmeadows EB Bundoora EB Caroline Springs EB Chadstone EB Chapel St EB Chirnside Park EB Colac EB Corio EB Cranbourne EB Dandenong EB Doncaster Ground Floor EB Echuca EB Endeavour Hills EB Epping EB Forest Hill EB Fountain Gate EB Frankston Town EB Geelong EB Greensborough EB Hamilton EB Hastings EB Highpoint EB Horsham EB Kangaroo Flat EB Karingal EB Keysborough EB Knox City EB Melbourne Central EB Melton EB Midvalley EB Mildura EB Moonee Ponds EB Mornington EB Northcote Plaza EB Northlands EB Pakenham EB Plenty Valley EB Point Cook EB Richmond EB Ringwood EB Ringwood Square EB Rosebud EB Sale EB Shepparton EB Somerville EB Southlands EB Sunbury Square EB Sunshine Marketplace EB Swan Hill EB Swanston Street EB The Glen EB Traralgon EB Wangaratta EB Warragul EB Warringal EB Warrnambool EB Watergardens EB Waurn Ponds EB Waverley Gardens EB Wendouree Ballarat EB Werribee Plaza EB Wodonga Maryborough

Queensland

EB Albert Street EB Arana Hills EB Aspley EB Australia Fair EB Ayr EB Beenleigh EB Benowa EB Booval EB Bribie Island EB Brisbane City EB Brookside EB Browns Plains EB Browns Plains Village Square EB Bundaberg EB Bundaberg Hinkler EB Burleigh Heads EB Caboolture Park EB Cairns EB Cairns Central EB Caloundra EB Canelands EB Cannon Hill EB Capalaba EB Capalaba Central EB Carindale EB Castletown EB Central Highlands Marketplace EB Chermside Nth end EB Cleveland EB Clifford Gardens EB Dalby EB Deception Bay EB DFO Cairns EB Emerald EB Forest Lakes EB Garden City EB GC Harbourtown EB Gladstone EB Gracemere EB Gympie EB Helensvale EB Hervey Bay EB Inala EB Indooroopilly EB Ipswich EB Kawana EB Kingaroy EB Logan EB Logan Central EB Lutwyche EB Maryborough EB Moranbah EB Morayfield EB Mt Gravatt EB Mt Isa EB Mt Ommaney EB Mt Pleasant EB Nambour EB Nerang EB Noosaville EB North Lakes EB Pacific Fair EB Peninsula Fair EB Raintrees EB Redbank Plaza EB Robina EB Rockhampton EB Rockhampton Fair EB Rose City EB Runaway Bay EB Smithfield Cairns EB South Toowoomba EB Southport EB Springfield EB Springwood EB Stafford City EB Stockland Townsville EB Strathpine EB Sunnybank EB Sunnybank Hills EB Sunshine Plaza EB Surfers Paradise EB Taigum EB The Pines EB Toombul EB Toowong EB Toowoomba EB Townsville EB Underwood EB Victoria Point EB Willows Townsville EB Wynnum Plaza EB Yeppoon

South Australia EB Arndale EB Berri EB Castle Plaza EB City Cross EB Colonnades EB Elizabeth EB Firle EB Gawler EB Glenelg EB Golden Grove EB Hallet Cove EB Harbourtown Adelaide EB Hollywood Plaza EB Ingle Farm EB Marion EB Mt Barker EB Mt Gambier EB Munno Para EB Murray Bridge EB Parabanks EB Port Augusta EB Port Lincoln EB Port Pirie EB Rundle Mall EB Seaford EB Sefton EB Southgate EB Tea Tree Plaza EB Victor Harbour EB West Lakes EB Whyalla

Tasmania

EB Burnie EB Devonport EB Eastlands EB Hobart EB Kingston EB Launceston EB Meadow Mews EB North Gate EB Shoreline

Western Australia

EB Karratha EB Port Hedland

ACT

EB Belconnen EB Canberra Centre EB Gungahlin EB Tuggeranong EB Woden Plaza

Northern Territories

EB Alice Springs EB Casuarina EB Millner Homemaker EB Palmerston

Gamesmen

NSW

Penhurst

JB Hi-Fi

New South Wales

Charlestown Chatswood Coffs Harbour Glendale Hornsby Liverpool Macarthur Sq Merrylands Miranda Mt Druitt Newcastle North Ryde Penrith Rouse Hill Shellharbour Warrawong Warringah Westfield Parramatta Wollongong Central World Square

Victoria

Ballarat Brighton Broadmeadows Chadstone Chirnside Park Doncaster Geelong Greensborough Highpoint Knox Melbourne City Northland Plenty Valley Ringwood Shepparton Southland The Glen Watergardens Werribee

Queensland

Loganholme Bundaberg Carindale Ipswich Morayfield Townsville

South Australia

Adelaide City Elizabeth

Tasmania

Hobart

ACT

Belconnen

Gametraders

South Australia Seaford


Comments

    Haha, Liverpool JBHIFI and EBGames are literally right next to each other. That should be interesting.

      Yeah, and I’d run to your car if you’re purchasing anything from Mt Druitt at midnight- let alone a GTA game.

      Almost every GAME AU store was next to a EB Games store back when they were still around, nothing interesting about the proximity at midnight launch occurred just a whole bunch of people standing around bored.

        Indeed.. that's the usual experience I've had.. standing around bored..

          So spend the time playing China Wars on your portable gaming device of choice...

      So are Bundabergs' JB-HIFI and EB Games. It'll be funny, because JB have eight-times the floor space, and EB's will have to spill-out into the Shopping centre.

      Not to mention JB is selling it $21 cheaper.

    The Bundoora EB isn't that popular and it's kinda tucked away. How much is EB asking for it? Pretty sure JB is doing it for $90. Might head down there after all.

      $108 according to their website - wonder if they'd price match on the night?

        It's $108 at both and EB won't be price matching on the night, at least, that the story they gave me. I'd loved to have them match it to Ozgameshop's AUD $72.99.

          JB is $89.

            Really? In-store, those bastards quoted me $108. Motherfu...

              target are selling it for $79 and surprisingly they are also doing a midnight launch http://target.com.au/medias/pdf/GTA-stores-v1.pdf

                I can't believe QLD is the only state in Australia not involved in this?!

          I paid mine off this arvo and asked about a price match and he said when I pick up the game ill get a refund of 20 bucks

        I rang my local Eb and they said they won't be price matching on the midnight launch. I'm in QLD and bar a few JB stores, no one else will be open so I guess it makes sense. Maybe EB stores in the same centre as JB stores (interstate, bar WA) will be more inclined to price match. I want to go to a midnight launch but I don't want to pay $20 more than I have to. No JB (midnight launch) stores in close proximity to me.

    Both of my EB has been advertising midnight launches for weeks. Gonna go, buy and play the game. Making speak to someone but the majority of the time people are merely saying, "I hope this game goes back to its roots", or "The previous games didn't feel like the games".

    No midnight launch for me this time, being a Monday night it’s a bit much for me and will ruin me for the rest of the week.

    I was going to take Tuesday off but then I can’t even start playing until midnight and I’ll have to sleep at some point so I can be back at work on Wednesday. Instead I’m taking Friday off and I can get stuck in as soon as I get home from work on Thursday!

      Soft.
      Harden up.
      You might have to wait for a Care Bares launch instead

    I do wonder if at least one EB store to break the street date and start selling it on monday afternoon, if this were to happen then it would most likely happen in WA because only 2 EB stores are having madnight launches. Is it against the law in WA for midnight launches?

    I am going to my local midnight launch but i do wonder what i need to expect but considering that every EB store in SA are having one then there might not be such a big crowd, oh well... i am off soon to EB and pay off the rest of my preorders ready to be picked up on the midnight launch.

      Yeah it has something to do with our shopping laws.

      Heh, yeah, in Adelaide, the JB and EB are opposite each other in the HS building basement. Parking is virtually not existent around there and the nearest car parks either close at midnight or are a couple hundred metres away. Good luck to anyone getting out of the Mall at that time of night so early in the week, it's a seedy place at the best of times! :p

      Last edited 12/09/13 4:36 pm

        Just called Target Marion, they're doing a midnight launch as well. (they're practically next to EB) The main doors up top should still be open from the cinema, so that's a far safer way to go.

        > it's a seedy place at the best of times!

        And tonight it's going to be frequented by the sort of people who get a kick out of pretending to be a criminal. :-P

      WA has had shitty retail laws for a while, we only recently got sunday trading times...

      wouldn't be surprised if our crappy laws are the reason we don't have midnight launches.

    Boo-urns! JB Carseldine is not playing (tis a longer drive to Morayfield) unless EB will price match JB on the night (somehow I doubt it)

      Carseldine is my local JB as well. I rang EB Strathpine and they said they won't be price matching on the night because no one else is open. Dunno if I can be bothered going to Morayfield either.

    Yeah, I'll just go pick it up for PC!
    Oh wait.

    Oh great work on the WA midnight launches... none for JB and well yep lets just fly from Perth to Karratha and Port Hedland. Might as well put a midnight launch in Kalgoorlie... the most populated city in WA.

      If you payed any attention to news here in the west you would know that our restrictive trading hours limit most retail businesses to open 8am-9pm Monday-Friday. The laws only apply to metro stores, hence Karratha and Port Hedland opening.

      I read somewhere (I believe here on kotaku) that a lot of stores in WA were doing early openings on the Tuesday.

        yeh eb games in Morley are opening at 8am.... but doesnt really matter as I wont be able to play til after work.... fkn stupid Western Australian trading laws, get with the freaking times, but hey at least we've got sunday trading (only took 20 years to catch up with the rest of the nation).
        Doesn't look like I'll be getting my XB One at midnight either....

    How many copies do they have to sell to make this financially viable? Or is a bit of cash thrown the traders way from publishers? Can you buy other stuff at that time?

      Maybe they're doing it for the love of the game, the industry and the community.

      Yes you can buy other stuff at the time, its not as if they open the store and shout "YOU CAN ONLY BUY GTAV, BUT NOTHING ELSE!"

      My experience with past Midnight launches for games is that purchases are strictly for the game itself [and perhaps some extras relating to the game].
      There's usually a rather large crowd waiting eagerly outside to get the game asap, which means they want to process it as quickly as possible.

      EB's procedure is as follows:
      10pm: Store opens. People pay the balance for their pre-orders and are given a numbered ticket.
      12pm: They pull out the stock and just hand out the games in order of which people's tickets are numbered. This way it saves them having to process payments for each game, it's just passing out the copies. Works really well.

      And, like you said, it has to be economically viable for them. So the more people they can process in as little time as possible, the more they can potentially make.

        12am you mean...DERP! :) hehe

          I.... you..... herpaderp.....

          See! This is why I use 24 hour time, dammit! :p

    I live 25 steps from the Gamesmen in sydney so I will have the game playing by 12:10 for sure lol

      I love the game playing and the food eating and the sleep getting.

      don't forget there is a 17gb mandatory install, you'll be playing it by 2am or so :P

      Edit: Apologies for misinformation, it's an 8gb install :P

      Last edited 16/09/13 2:04 pm

        it's a 8gb install for disc
        17gb download
        1:15am game time lol

        Last edited 16/09/13 1:56 pm

          yup, sorry, I was misinformed, still though 8gb will take a while.

    That's insane. The ACT stores that are all doing this are about 10km away from each other :\

      Well, they just want to provide the best service possible to their customer.

      Considering the guy at EB in the Canberra Centre said they had 100+ preorders over a month ago when I preordered, I'd assume they aren't struggling for numbers.

      Belconnen is ridiculous, though - EB, JB, Target (!?) and the 24 hour Kmart will all be doing midnight launches.

    Sure am. I'll run home like Peter Griffin winning the gold Wonka ticket and smash my knee outside my house

    I've ordered mine from JB's online store so don't expect to get it until Wednesday.

    I wouldn't be going to a midnight launch during the week anyway. Work in the morning and all that, I don't need to be up late playing GTA.

    Due to trading laws in WA i dont believe they are allowed to open at midnight but i know my local EB is putting on breakfast...

    Darn... I miss the days when I lived a block away from an EB... and didn't have to work in the morning. Oh well, no more midnight launches for me.

      You can still go and just get 2 less hours worth of sleep.

        ... and still not get to play it until I get home from work the next day? I'd rather the extra 2 hours of sleep, and pick it up on my lunch break.

    hoping that it breaks street date this weekend. anyone know its broken anywhere at this point in time?

    Pick up at 12..... playing at 12.05......
    Should be able to get at least a couple of hours in and still have a relatively normal amount of sleep that night before work. Cannot wait!

      Implying you don't get so hooked it turns into an all-nighter ;)
      I'm actually considering going to the midnight launch. Start work 8am in the morning so I fear that if I start playing I won't be able to stop :P

        I have completely accepted this as a possibility.........

        ... I am fine with it :p

          I'm hoping I can force myself to sleep earlier on sunday night, in anticipation that every time I tell myself "just five more minutes" come monday night / sunday morning, I'll fight back at least somewhat against the lack of sleep. :P

          Because there is no way I'll be able to put that controller down. I'm kidding myself if I try to tell myself otherwise. It's the next big GTA! :p

      why does everyone forget the 17 gb mandatory instal, I'm keeping that at the front of my mind so i don't excitedly go to put it in and play only to be met with "installing game data"

        I thought it was 8GB.

        http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/07/trickle-of-grand-theft-auto-v-news-reveals-mandatory-8gb-install/

        Last edited 16/09/13 11:49 am

          oh good, i got misinformed, still though, will take a while

        Well.... it's more the point that I'll be grabbing the game, and I'll be home in 5 minutes with it already in the PS3...

        I figured there would be an installation, but the comment
        "Pick up at 12..... Disc in at 12.05.... 3 cups of tea while the game installs... Playing at 12.20....."
        doesn't have the same effect :p

          yeah, I'm not writing this as a "no you won't" comment, it's a warning for everyone. I've had too many times where I've run home hyped to play a game and been met with "installing"

            Hell hath no fury like an impatient gamer after a midnight launch.

    Midnight launches, a lethal combination is body odor, K-mart jeans and Asics shoes.

    Last edited 12/09/13 4:26 pm

    YES FOREST LAKE! YES! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

      Forest lake... Sounds like someone just pointed at the two predominant landmarks and came up with the name. :P
      I mean, could have at least picked something more unique; forests and lakes are common enough.

        Browns Plains?
        Cannon Hill?
        Forest Lake?
        Camp Hill?

        Brisbanes littered with uncreative suburb names lol.

        Waiting for a suburb to pop up merely named 'Shithole'.

        Oh wait we HAVE Woodridge.

          Hahaha. Camp Hill sounds nice. Bet you it's a horrible place for camping. And I bet Cannon Hill has the world's most strict anti-gunpowder policies. Browns Plains is probably covered in lush green grass.

          I've got nothing for Forest Lake. Unless it's to say "comeon, this is Australia, let's not kid ourselves: just call it Bush Lake." :P

            Right down the road is Goodna. Kinda sounds like they said 'Like this place? Good? Nah...."

              That is an entirely appropriate explanation for Goodna

            Browns Plains is more commonly known as Brown Stains. It's a shithole

    I've never done a midnight launch for a game before.. console yes, game no.. I guess if I was one of those people who took (or had) the next day off it would be worth it.. but since I don't.. I might as well wait.. :)

    I don’t think I’ve ever come home from a midnight launch and played the game I’ve just bought. I usually just go to bed.

    I did exactly that with the GTA IV launch. Waited for half an hour for the store to open, waited another hour to get my copy, went home, had a quick look at the contents in the box (got the collector's edition), put it on the dining room table and went to bed.

    Last edited 12/09/13 9:49 pm

      Halo 2 for me. Went into Brisbane City, got my copy from the myer center store, went home, played for 15 minutes and fell asleep in my armchair. Woke up at 10.30 am and realised had I just gone to bed the night before I would've been there and back with the game at the same exact time, plus I would've been in bed earlier.

    EFF you JBHIFI for not ONE midnight opening on the Gold Coast... The so called crime capital of Australia can't sell a crime simulator at midnight.

    Ummmmm our JB hifi Mildura store is advertising a midnight launch. Just to let you know.

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