Gathering of Developers
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|Former type||Computer and video game publishing|
Computer and video games
|Fate||Shut down by parent company Take-Two Interactive in September 2004|
|Headquarters||Texas, United States|
|Key people||Mike Wilson
|Products||Max Payne, Mafia, Age of Wonders and more|
Gathering of Developers (aka God Games and Gathering) was a Texas-based PC and video games publishing company, founded in January 1998 with the mission to bridge the gap between publishers and independent game developers, allowing independent developers creative control over their projects, ownership of their IP, and participation in the publishing and marketing decisions. Fueled by past publishing experiences and frustrations, several experienced development companies bound together to form a relationship-based publisher. The company later became a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. Gathering's first wave of releases included Railroad Tycoon II, Nocturne, Darkstone, Age of Wonders and Fly!. The company later expanded to the console market.
Take Two acquired the company outright in May 2000, and attempted unsuccessfully to manage the Texas based group from its New York HQ. The founders and employees of G.O.D. were unhappy with the lack of freedom the company allowed for following through on its principles of fair treatment of developers and IP ownership. Founder Doug Myres died unexpectedly in May 2001, prompting the other partners to negotiate a separation with the company shortly thereafter. Eventually Take-Two took over all operations and rebranded the label simply Gathering, and have since folded it into the label 2K Games.
During the gaming trade event E3, Gathering was known for being extremely extravagant, offering free barbecue, live music, and beer to the nearly 10,000 E3 attendees that would cross the street into their "Promised Lot" each day; they were also famous for their Catholic Schoolgirl 'booth babes'.
- Mike Wilson
- Harry A. Miller IV
- Rick Stults
- Doug Myres
- Jim Bloom
- Binu Philip
- J. Holt Foster, III
List of video games
|Jazz Jackrabbit 2||Microsoft Windows||July 31, 1998||Epic Games|||
|Railroad Tycoon II||Mac||October 31, 1998||PopTop Software|||
|Fly!||Microsoft Windows||January 31, 1999||Terminal Reality|||
|Darkstone||Microsoft Windows||July 27, 1999||Delphine Software International|||
|Age of Wonders||Microsoft Windows||October 25, 1999||Triumph Studios / Epic Games|||
|Nocturne||Microsoft Windows||October 31, 1999||Terminal Reality|||
|Railroad Tycoon II||Dreamcast||January 30, 2000||PopTop Software|||
|PlayStation||January 31, 2000|||
|Fly!||Mac||February 1, 2000||Terminal Reality|||
|Fly! 2K||Microsoft Windows||April 26, 2000||Terminal Reality|||
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- "Jazz Jackrabbit 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Railroad Tycoon II". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Fly!". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Darkstone - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Age of Wonders - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Nocturne - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- "Fly! 2K - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15.
- Games published by Gathering of Developers at Take-Two Interactive
- Gathering of Developers profile on MobyGames