GT Academy 2012 Exceeds 1 Million Players

June 20th, 2012 by Andrew Evans

GT Academy 2012 seems to have captured the interest of PS3 gamers as the number of unique players participating passed the magic 1,000,000 mark earlier this week.

In a series of Tweets on June 19th, Kazunori Yamauchi shared with us a number of statistics about the download’s impact. Current numbers include:

  • Over 1,000,000 unique PSN IDs playing
  • Over 10,000,000 gold trophies attained
  • More than 174,000,000 player retries
  • 111,240,000 miles/178,980,000 km driven – enough to drive from the Earth to the Sun and almost a fifth of the distance back again!

There are still four days to go until this first phase of GT Academy closes on June 25th and qualifying, registered players from eligible countries will be selected for their regional finals based on their Round 8-5 times – and for the rest of us to secure the gold trophies needed to get bonus gifts in Gran Turismo 5.

While there’s time left, keep checking our GT Academy 2012 forum for hints, tips, and discussions with other players – and we wish good luck to all GTPlanet members!

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  1. Jul. 13, 5:49am

    How do I join GT academy?

  2. Jun. 22, 7:16pm

    How about now PD do a £1000 give away?

  3. Jun. 22, 3:52am

    Top 32? Thought it was top 16?

  4. Jun. 21, 12:19pm

    Idc I want my damn cars

    • Jun. 22, 1:00am

      Well then wait for July 4th! The release date for the GTA prizes has been known for some time now…

  5. Jun. 21, 9:04am

    I can’t even qualify for it even though I’m near the top 32. I’m too young!!!

  6. Jun. 21, 9:00am

    Does anyone know if any of the top 16 players as it stands have been to bootcamp before? Seems at least 5 of the top 16 were in the finals last year. obviously Jann M was one who else was in? maybe 17th would be enough if this is the case.

  7. Jun. 21, 8:31am

    I’m in the top 0.12% xD

  8. Jun. 21, 2:46am

    Impressive on the face of it but only 10% have made it through and set a time on 8-5.

  9. Jun. 21, 1:37am

    Is this available to everyone to download and play?
    I’m in South Africa and can’t find it on PSN

    • Jun. 21, 2:54am

      Yes. I’m in El Salvador (don’t try to look for it in a map, you won’t find it) and I got it. If you have a US PSN just type it in the search bar.

      You will be able to play for te prize cars even if your country is not eligable. However, you won’t be able to compete for the GT Academy thing.

    • Jun. 22, 1:02am

      And you better hurry… You’ve only got a day or two left before it ends…

  10. Jun. 21, 1:32am


  11. Jun. 21, 12:12am

    There’s a guy on the #22 position in the round 8-5 leader board with an American flag designation – by the name of:


    THAT should grab PD’s attention…

    • Jun. 21, 12:15am

      I saw him and emailed him about it lol

  12. Jun. 20, 10:54pm

    Let’s not forget. We still waiting for DLC – Car packs.

    • Jun. 20, 10:57pm

      We know. But this isn’t what this article is about, is it? It’d be easier to wait for it if we weren’t constantly reminded of it in LITERALLY every news story.

    • Jun. 21, 12:15am

      What does this have to do with the topic…?

    • Jun. 21, 12:17am

      Please don’t forget to mention that we are also waiting for GT6 and i’m sure some are also waiting for a PS4.

      Good luck to those that make it too the next round,even if i was quick enough i doubt i would pass the physical.

  13. Jun. 20, 10:48pm

    Another fact; we’ve nearly traveled 10 light-minutes as of now – about 9.92 as of this writing.
    Also, about 96.5 million nautical miles.
    I’m such a nerd! XD

    And keep up the good work, France, you’re about ready to join the 1,000,000 club for gold medals!

    Does anyone feel the need to know how many inches we’ve traveled…?


    • Jun. 20, 10:53pm

      7048166400000″ Cool!

    • Jun. 20, 10:55pm


      (More or less) XD

    • Jun. 21, 12:26pm

      Millimeters, please lol.

    • Jun. 22, 1:14am

      ^ Do you want it in scientific notation, or standard notation?

      Ok, I’ll do it in both!

      As of now, we’re at about 181,950,000 KM

      in MM:

      Scientific Notation:

      1.8195e + 14

      Standard Notation:


      I’m such a nerd… XD

    • Jun. 22, 7:59am

      Lol I was not expecting an answer on that… Good job, though!

  14. Jun. 20, 9:30pm



  15. Jun. 20, 9:26pm

    I’m finally a 1%’er.

  16. Jun. 20, 8:08pm

    Twin Motegi Was a Pain Finally Got the 370Z Under Control

  17. Jun. 20, 7:54pm
    *ibo* S3 Racer

    Nice number.

    Even expected more retries, only 1 retry after 1 km and a bit.

    Congrats to all front rows fillers :tup:

    Congrats to the 1%

  18. Jun. 20, 7:34pm

    what a BIG earth d a m n ….
    i can see my apartment on the left side .. lol

  19. Jun. 20, 7:26pm
    Maddens Raiders

    I’d be lying if I said I was surprised. I mean it’s G T. 0____________0

  20. Jun. 20, 7:14pm

    What prize for golding all?

    • Jun. 20, 7:35pm

      8 gta academy stickers car and racing suit

    • Jun. 21, 12:16am

      A pet dinosaur

  21. Jun. 20, 6:59pm

    Whe do we are getting the prizes for golding all events? July 4th?

    • Jun. 20, 7:01pm


    • Jun. 20, 7:01pm

      Yep. :)

  22. Jun. 20, 6:59pm
    Mac K

    Thats actually pretty awesome.

  23. Jun. 20, 6:59pm
    King Something

    Last post!

    That’s a lot of driving. Good luck to all, and especially to the 32 per region who go on to the next round.

  24. Jun. 20, 6:58pm

    Wow, never knew we could get that far!

  25. Jun. 20, 6:58pm

    Wow just Wow.Now GT6

    • Jun. 20, 10:40pm

      No, complete GT5. I don’t want GT6 to be another unfinished product!!!!

    • Jun. 20, 11:52pm

      We don’t need anymore GT5 updates though.

    • Jun. 20, 11:52pm

      *any more

    • Jun. 21, 1:32am

      ^ Agreed. I rather have GT6, a fresh new game. It’ll be time to put down GT5 soon.

    • Jun. 21, 4:15am


      I think it’s time for PD to put their development and their focus on GT6. I’m guessing PD would fix bugs through updates for GT5. GT5 is a year and a half old already. We may hear info about GT6 after GT academy is over.

    • Jun. 21, 10:03am

      That’s the thing – if they rush GT6 to market it will be another GT5 – incomplete and unpolished. By PD giving good content/updates to GT5, thought it maybe a year and a half old, it would remain viable for a time to come. I am in no means saying that PD should not be working on GT6, but I am saying that they need to finish what was started and give us a complete GT5.

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