Gathering of Developers

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Gathering of Developers, Inc.
Computer and video game publishing
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Fate Dissolved by Take-Two Interactive
Founded January 1998; 19 years ago (1998-01)
Defunct September 2004 (2004-09)
Headquarters Austin, Texas, U.S.
Key people
Mike Wilson
Harry A. Miller IV
Rick Stults
Doug Myres
Jim Bloom
Products Max Payne, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, Age of Wonders and more
Owner Take-Two Interactive (2000-2004)
Number of employees

Gathering of Developers, Inc. was a Texas-based PC and video games publishing company, founded in January 1998 by Mike Wilson and others. Their mission was to bridge the gap between publishers and independent game developers, allowing independent developers creative control over their projects, ownership of their intellectual property (IP), and participation in the publishing and marketing decisions. Its founding was caused by the tightknit development of the game Daikatana by Ion Storm, where only a few people had a say in the development, coined by the phrase "Design is Law", coupled by the publisher Eidos giving into demands such as the removal of milestones. 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 of Developers' 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 office. The founders and employees of Gathering of Developers 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 studio simply Gathering, and have since folded it into the label 2K Games.

During the gaming trade event E3, Gathering of Developers 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'.[1]

Founding developers[edit]

List of video games[edit]

Logo used by the company from 2000 to 2002
Title System Release date Developer(s) Ref.
Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Microsoft Windows July 31, 1998 Epic Games [2]
Railroad Tycoon II Mac October 31, 1998 PopTop Software [3]
Microsoft Windows [3]
Fly! Microsoft Windows January 31, 1999 Terminal Reality [4]
Darkstone: Evil Reigns Microsoft Windows July 27, 1999 Delphine Software International [5]
Age of Wonders Microsoft Windows October 25, 1999 Triumph Studios / Epic Games [6]
Nocturne Microsoft Windows October 31, 1999 Terminal Reality [7]
Railroad Tycoon II Dreamcast January 30, 2000 PopTop Software [8]
PlayStation January 31, 2000 [3]
Fly! Mac February 1, 2000 Terminal Reality [4]
Fly! 2K Microsoft Windows April 26, 2000 Terminal Reality [9]
Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.² PC , Mac, Dreamcast August 4, 2000 Ritual Entertainment

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sex in Video Games". Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Jazz Jackrabbit 2". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "Railroad Tycoon II". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Fly!". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Darkstone - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  6. ^ "Age of Wonders - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Nocturne - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  8. ^ "Railroad Tycoon II: Gold Edition". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Fly! 2K - PC". IGN. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 

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