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Take-Two Licensing, Inc.
Formerly
  • Sound Source Interactive, Inc. (1990–2000)
  • TDK Mediactive, Inc. (2000–2003)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FateFolded into 2K
FoundedMarch 5, 1990; 29 years ago (1990-03-05)
FounderVincent Bitetti
DefunctJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
Headquarters,
US
Key people
Parent

Take-Two Licensing, Inc. (formerly Sound Source Interactive, Inc. and TDK Mediactive, Inc.) was an American video game publisher based in Westlake Village, California. Founded as Sound Source Interactive by Vincent Bitetti in March 1990, the company acquired BWT Labs in March 1998. In September 2000, the company was acquired by TDK and became TDK Mediactive, and was again sold to Take-Two Interactive in September 2003 and was renamed Take-Two Licensing the following December. With the foundation of Take-Two Interactive's 2K Games label in January 2005, Take-Two Licensing was effectively folded into the new subsidiary.

History[edit]

Sound Source Interactive was founded on March 5, 1990, by Vincent Bitetti. In March 1998, Sound Source Interactive announced that they had acquired BWT Labs, a Berkeley, California-based video game developer.[1]

On September 11, 2000, TDK acquired a 72% controlling stake in Sound Source Interactive, with an initial investment of US$1.425 million, followed by another of US$3.575 million, totaling to US$5 million.[2] The resulting subsidiary was renamed TDK Mediactive, the company's founder, Vincent Bitetti, remaining chief executive officer and Shin Tanabe, President of TDK Recording Media Europe, becoming the publisher's chief operating officer.[3] As TDK Mediactive, the company published various video games, of which many based on licensed properties.[4] From October 18, 2002, onward, they operated a second publishing label, TDK Impulse, for games that had "broad consumer appeal and a low price point".[5]

On September 3, 2003, TDK Mediactive announced that they were to be acquired by Take-Two Interactive for an estimated US$22.7 million.[6][7] The transaction was finalized on December 2, 2003, with 23,005,885 shares, valued at US$12.6 million, and another US$200,000 in cash awarded to TDK.[8] As a result of the acquisition, TDK Mediactive was renamed Take-Two Licensing, and Take-Two Interactive received all licensens formerly held by TDK Mediactive, except for those based on Shrek.[9] On January 25, 2005, Take-Two Interactive announced the opening of publishing label 2K Games, into which Take-Two Licensing was folded.[10]

Games published[edit]

As TDK Mediactive[edit]

Title Platform(s) Release date Developer Ref.
The Land Before Time: Great Valley Racing Adventure PlayStation May 4, 2001 Vision Scape Interactive [11]
Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown Game Boy Color May 30, 2001 Silent Software [12]
Wendy: Every Witch Way Game Boy Color September 2001 WayForward Technologies [13]
Casper: Spirit Dimensions PlayStation 2 October 1, 2001 Lucky Chicken Games [14]
Lady Sia Game Boy Advance October 16, 2001 RFX Interactive [15]
No Rules: Get Phat Game Boy Advance November 15, 2001 Flying Tiger Development [16]
Shrek Xbox November 15, 2001 Digital Illusions Canada [17]
Rainbow Islands Game Boy Color 2001 Dreams Co. [18]
Shrek: Swamp Kart Speedway Game Boy Advance March 25, 2002 Prolific Publishing [19]
Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates Game Boy Advance April 30, 2002 RFX Interactive [20]
Pryzm: Chapter One - The Dark Unicorn PlayStation 2 June 10, 2002 Digital Illusions CE [21]
Robotech: Battlecry GameCube August 23, 2002 Vicious Cycle Software [22]
PlayStation 2 September 23, 2002
Xbox
Casper: Spirit Dimensions GameCube October 1, 2002 Lucky Chicken Games [14]
Shrek: Hassle at the Castle Game Boy Advance October 10, 2002 Tose [23]
Shrek: Treasure Hunt PlayStation October 18, 2002 The Code Monkeys [24]
Shrek GameCube October 30, 2002 Digital Illusions Canada [17]
Masters of the Universe: He-Man - Power of Grayskull Game Boy Advance November 2, 2002 Taniko [25]
Robotech: The Macross Saga Game Boy Advance November 15, 2002 Lucky Chicken Games [26]
Shrek: Super Party PlayStation 2 November 15, 2002 Mass Media Games [27]
Xbox
The Land Before Time: Big Water Adventure PlayStation November 27, 2002 Digital Illusions CE [28]
Ultimate Fighting Championship: Tapout 2 Xbox March 20, 2003 Dream Factory [29]
The Muppets: On with the Show Game Boy Advance April 17, 2003 Vicarious Visions [30]
Shrek: Super Party GameCube May 29, 2003 Mass Media Games [27]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Game Boy Advance July 1, 2003 Pocket Studios [31]
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis GameCube July 23, 2003 Lucky Chicken Games [32]
Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey GameCube July 23, 2003 Vicious Cycle Software [33]
Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis Xbox July 30, 2003 Lucky Chicken Games [32]
Shrek: Reekin' Havoc Game Boy Advance July 31, 2003 Tose [34]
Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey Xbox August 5, 2003 Vicious Cycle Software [33]
Disney's The Haunted Mansion GameCube October 14, 2003 High Voltage Software [35]
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Corvette Game Boy Advance November 11, 2003 Visual Impact [36]
Jim Henson's Muppets Party Cruise GameCube November 11, 2003 Jim Henson Interactive / Mass Media Games [37]
PlayStation 2
Spy Muppets: License to Croak Game Boy Advance November 18, 2003 Vicarious Visions [38]
Tonka Rescue Patrol GameCube November 18, 2003 Lucky Chicken Games [39]

As Take-Two Licensing[edit]

Title Platform(s) Release date Developer Ref.
Corvette Microsoft Windows December 10, 2003 Steel Monkeys [40]
Xbox
Star Trek: Shattered Universe PlayStation 2 January 13, 2004 Starsphere Interactive [41]
Xbox January 14, 2004

By TDK Mediactive Europe[edit]

Title Platform(s) Release date Developer Ref.
Babe and Friends: Animated Preschool Adventure macOS 1999 Sound Source Interactive [42]
Microsoft Windows
The Land Before Time: Math Adventure macOS 1999 Digital Media International [43]
Microsoft Windows
The Land Before Time: Return to the Great Valley PlayStation September 15, 2000 Realtime Associates [44]
Casper: Friends Around the World PlayStation November 16, 2000 Realtime Associates [45]
Elevator Action EX Game Boy Color 2000 Altron [46]
Westlife Fan-O-Mania Microsoft Windows June 6, 2002 Runecraft [47]
PlayStation June 28, 2002
Outlaw Golf Xbox February 4, 2003 Hyptonix [48]
Darkened Skye GameCube May 28, 2003 Boston Animation [49]
Outlaw Volleyball Xbox July 3, 2003 Hyptonix [50]
Mercedes-Benz World Racing Microsoft Windows September 19, 2003 Synetic [51]
PlayStation 2
Outlaw Golf GameCube November 4, 2003 Hyptonix [52]
Microsoft Windows November 21, 2003
PlayStation 2 November 24, 2003 Buzz Monkey Software
Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade GameCube March 19, 2004 Starbreeze Studios [53]
Conan Microsoft Windows April 8, 2004 Cauldron [54]
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade Microsoft Windows April 8, 2004 Starbreeze Studios [55]
Xbox
Mercedes-Benz World Racing GameCube April 8, 2004 Synetic [56]
Conan GameCube April 30, 2004 Cauldron [57]
Knights of the Temple: Infernal Crusade PlayStation 2 June 4, 2004 Starbreeze Studios [58]

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