|Type||Subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive|
|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
|Key people||Sam Houser (President)
Dan Houser (Vice President)
|Products||Grand Theft Auto
Rockstar Games is a multinational video game developer and publisher based in New York City, owned by Take-Two Interactive following its purchase of British video game publisher BMG Interactive. The brand is mostly known for Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, L.A. Noire, The Warriors, Bully, Manhunt, Midnight Club, State of Emergency, and Red Dead, series and the use of open world, free roaming settings in their games. It comprises studios that have been acquired and renamed as well as others that have been created internally. While many of the studios Take-Two Interactive has acquired have been merged into the Rockstar brand, several other recent ones have retained their previous identities and have become part of the company's 2K Games division. The Rockstar Games label was founded in New York City in 1998 by the British video game producers Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Terry Donovan, Jamie King and Gary Foreman.
The headquarters of Rockstar Games (commonly referred to as Rockstar NYC) is located on Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, part of the Take-Two Interactive offices. It is home to the marketing, public relations and product development departments.
Company philosophy 
In October 2011, Rockstar creative vice president Dan Houser told Famitsu that Rockstar is intentionally avoiding developing in the first-person shooter genre. "We're deliberately avoiding that right now", he said, according to a 1UP.com translation. "It's in our DNA to avoid doing what other companies are doing. I suppose you could say that Max Payne 3 is something close to an FPS, but there are really unique aspects to the setting and gameplay there, too, not just in the story. You have to have originality in your games; you have to have some kind of interesting message. You could say that the goalpoint of Rockstar is to have the players really feel what we're trying to do". Houser went on to say that Rockstar has "made new genres by ourselves with games like the GTA series. We didn't rely on testimonials in a business textbook to do what we've done. I think we succeeded precisely because we didn't concentrate on profit... If we make the sort of games we want to play, then we believe people are going to buy them."
Current studios 
|Logo||Name||Years as Rockstar division||Notes|
|Rockstar Japan||2005–present||Responsible for localization in Japan of Rockstar titles|
|Rockstar Leeds||2004–present||Previously known as Mobius Entertainment and based in Lower Wortley, Leeds, England. They created Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories for the PlayStation Portable, Max Payne for the Game Boy Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and the music game Beaterator. The studio's most recent work is the Microsoft Windows version of L.A. Noire.|
|Rockstar Lincoln||1999–present||Quality assurance and localization studio based in Lincoln, England, previously known as Tarantula Studios.|
|Rockstar London||2005–present||Formed in November 2005. Took over development of Manhunt 2 after Rockstar Vienna closed and recently developed the portable adaptation of Midnight Club: Los Angeles, Midnight Club LA Remix.|
|Rockstar New England||2008–present||Acquired on April 4, 2008, this studio is based in Andover, Massachusetts, U.S. and was previously known as Mad Doc Software. They developed the Wii, Xbox 360, and PC ports of Bully.|
|Rockstar North||2002–present||Founded in 2002, Rockstar North is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was previously known as DMA Design. They are famous for the Grand Theft Auto, and Manhunt franchises, as well as the original Lemmings games.|
|Rockstar San Diego||2003–present||Previously known as Angel Studios, they developed the RAGE engine, Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, the Smuggler's Run series, the first two Midtown Madness games and the Midnight Club series.|
|Rockstar Toronto||1999–present||Previously known as Rockstar Canada. Their most well-known work is The Warriors, an adaptation of the cult classic film and the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.|
Former studios 
|Logo||Name||Years as Rockstar division||Notes|
|Rockstar Vancouver||2002–2012||Previously known as Barking Dog Studios, they created the PlayStation 2 title Bully and the third game in the Max Payne series, Max Payne 3. Vancouver merged with Rockstar Toronto in 2012.|
|Rockstar Vienna||2003–2006||Previously known as Neo Software; closed on May 11, 2006. They ported the Max Payne series to consoles, and created some of Manhunt 2 before being closed down.|
Social Club 
The Rockstar Games Social Club is an online gaming service created by Rockstar for use with their games.
External developers 
- Edge of Reality developed Monster Truck Madness 64.
- Z-Axis developed Thrasher presents Skate and Destroy.
- Opus, in collaboration with ASCII Entertainment, developed Surfing H3O.
- Bungie developed the game Oni for Windows and Macintosh, which was then ported by Rockstar to the PS2 and published by them. Before Bungie was bought by Microsoft, their breakthrough product, Halo, was planned for release on video game consoles with Rockstar as publisher.
- VIS Entertainment is known for developing the State of Emergency game.
- Capcom had early development in Rockstar San Diego's Red Dead Revolver and previously owned the Japanese distribution rights to the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
- Digital Eclipse Software collaborated with Rockstar North while developing Grand Theft Auto Advance.
- Remedy Entertainment developed Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.
- Team Bondi an Australian independent gaming developer who developed L.A. Noire with Rockstar.
- War Drum Studios ported Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Max Payne to the iOS and Android platforms.
- Image Metrics has done most of the facial animation in many of Rockstar's games.
Games published 
Notable game series 
- Grand Theft Auto series (1997–present)
- Midnight Club series (2000–2010)
- Max Payne series (2001–2012)
- Manhunt series (2003–2007)
- Red Dead series (2004–2010)
|The Football Factory1||2004||Drama|
|Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction||2004||Drama|
|Red Dead Redemption: The Man from Blackwater||2010||Drama|
In 2011, Rockstar Games trademarked Rockstar Films.
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