|Type||Subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive|
|Industry||Computer and video games
|Founded||January 25, 2005|
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
|Key people||Christoph Hartmann (President)|
2K Sports is a brand of 2K Games. It comprises a single development studio, Visual Concepts, which was purchased from Sega in 2005. 2K Sports mainly develops and publishes American sports video games such as NBA 2K series, MLB 2K series, and WWE 2K series. It previously produced NHL 2K series games and never had the opportunity to produce new official NFL 2K series games due to the EA buyout of the NFL license in 2004.
Owned by Jmoney Boii Entertainment and Productions In January 2005, Take-Two Interactive acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Visual Concepts and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kush Games, the developers of some of the company's sports titles, and certain intellectual property rights associated with these products from Sega for US$24 million.
2K Sports, which in late 2004 purchased development studio Indie Built from Microsoft Game Studios, closed down the Indie Built studio in April 2006. Indie Built was known for its work on the Amped, Links, and Top Spin series. However, 2K Sports still owns the rights to these intellectual properties. 2K Sports has the exclusive third-party rights to produce Major League Baseball and World Poker Tour games.
On October 20, 2008, 2K Sports released their first PC game, NBA 2K9. Their second, MLB Front Office Manager, was released on January 26, 2009. On January 23, 2013, 2K Sports bought the WWE game license from THQ.
List of video games
- Indie Built (closed in 2006)
- Kush Games (closed in 2008)
- PAM Development (closed in 2008)
- Venom Games (closed in 2008)
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- "WWE Video Game License to be Acquired by Take-Two". IGN. January 23, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.