|Subsidiary of Rockstar Games|
|Founded||1999 (as Rockstar Canada)
2002 (as Rockstar Toronto)
|Headquarters||Oakville, Ontario, Canada|
While initially focusing on developing brand new titles such as The Warriors, Rockstar Toronto later took the responsibility of porting Rockstar titles to the Wii console and PC. They co-developed the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City with Rockstar North, which was released on April 13, 2010.
On July 9, 2012, Rockstar announced that it was expanding. The studio moved to a brand new facility in Oakville and hired 50 new positions. Rockstar Vancouver studio was closed and 35 developers were to be merged with the Toronto team. It was the second big game developer lured to the Toronto area after Ubisoft Toronto also announced plans to expand.
In the media
Rockstar Games has appeared numerous times in the media ranging from gaming magazines, websites, and television shows. Rockstar Toronto has gained the most media coverage for its development of the game The Warriors, based on the American cult classic 1970s movie of the same name. The Warriors game overall received positive reviews and made about $37 million worldwide.
Rockstar Toronto collaborates with many of its fellow Rockstar studios around the world. Rockstar Toronto has developed games for every major gaming console and has worked with popular companies, such as Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. Rockstar Toronto collaborated with Bungie (game developer famous for its Halo title) to port Oni to the PlayStation 2 in 2001, with Remedy Entertainment on Max Payne to bring it to the PlayStation 2 in 2001, with Rockstar London to bring Manhunt 2 to the Wii in 2007, with Rockstar Vancouver and Rockstar New England to bring Bully: Scholarship Edition to the Wii in 2008 and with Rockstar North to bring Grand Theft Auto IV and later its episodes to the PC in 2008 and 2010. Rockstar Toronto also works daily with other Rockstar studios on various other Rockstar developed titles. Rockstar Toronto recently collaborated with other Rockstar Studios for the recent game Max Payne 3.
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