|Industry||Video game industry|
|Defunct||May 1, 2006|
Indie Built, Inc. (formerly Access Software, Inc.) was an American video game developer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Founded in November 1982 by Bruce Carver and Chris Jones, the company created the Beach Head, Links and Tex Murphy series, as well as Raid over Moscow. Access Software was acquired by Microsoft in April 1999, transitioning in name twice before being acquired by Take-Two Interactive in October 2004, receiving the name Indie Built. In January 2005, Access Software became part of Take-Two's 2K Sports label. Following poor financial performance at Take-Two, Indie Built was closed down in May 2006.
In 1982, Bruce Carver, an engineer for Salt Lake City-based company Redd Engineering, created a sprite-editing program called Spritemaster. He presented the product to Steve Witzel, who operated Computers Plus, a retail computer store in Salt Lake City's Midvale suburb; Witzel provided Carver with several improvement suggestions for the program. After Carver had implemented these changes, he began selling them under the name "Access Software" through Computers Plus. The name was chosen Carver and some of his friends had searched through a dictionary, considering "Action Software" and "Center Soft" before sticking with "Access Software". In November that year, Carter, together with Chris Jones, incorporated Access Software with a starting capital of US$25,000. In its early days, Access Software operated out of Carver's basement.
On April 19, 1999, Access Software was acquired by Microsoft for an undisclosed sum. The deal was finalized in the same year, wherein Access Software had its name changed to Salt Lake Games Studio. In 2003, Salt Like Games Studio was renamed Indie Games. That year, Carver left the company to pursue new interests, eventually founding Carver Homes, a construction company, in 2004. He later died from cancer on December 28, 2005.
Indie Games was announced to have been acquired by Take-Two Interactive on December 16, 2004, and was renamed Indie Built. On January 25, 2005, Take-Two Interactive announced the opening of publishing label 2K Games and its 2K Sports sub-label, the latter of which would henceforth manage their development studios for sports games, including Indie Built. On May 1, 2006, Take-Two announced that they had closed down Indie Built. The move was reasoned by poor financial results from Take-Two's preceding fiscal year.
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