Leslie Benzies

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Leslie Benzies
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Born (1971-01-17) 17 January 1971 (age 44)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Residence Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Video game producer
Organization Rockstar North (President)

Leslie Benzies is a Scottish video game producer and president of Rockstar North,[1] a subsidiary of Rockstar Games. He is the lead developer in the iconic Grand Theft Auto series, taking responsibility from GTA III and onwards.


Leslie was born in the city of Aberdeen in Scotland, but moved to Elgin when he was young. When he was 11 his father, Leonard, purchased a Dragon 32 computer; not long after he had appropriated it, taught himself how to program and wrote his first game. At this point he had decided to pursue a career in computers.[2]

Leslie’s professional career as a video game programmer began in 1999 at DMA Design (now Rockstar North), where he was team lead developing the Nintendo 64 platform game Space Station Silicon Valley. This game was released in October 1998, after which he started assembling the team that would go on to create the current GTA series.

In 2005 he won a BAFTA Special Award, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed by the British Academy. This was awarded to Sam Houser (President of Rockstar Games) and Leslie for their outstanding contribution to the games industry.[3]

In June 2014, he announced a deal to purchase the St Stephen's Church in Stockbridge, Edinburgh for a little over £500,000.[4] He plans to preserve the building and create a trust composed of members of the community to manage it.[5]

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  1. ^ http://www.giantbomb.com/leslie-benzies/3040-51121/ Retrieved June 10, 2013
  2. ^ Bowditch, Gillian (April 27, 2008). "Grand Theft Auto producer is Godfather of gaming". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers). Retrieved June 5, 2013
  3. ^ http://www.gamearena.com.au/news/read.php/2941422 Retrieved 8 June 2013
  4. ^ "Rockstar North chief buys St Stephen’s Church". Edinburgh News. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Phyllis Stephen (27 June 2014). "St Stephen’s Church – future now assured". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 27 June 2014.