Take-Two Interactive – American multinational developer, publisher and distributor of video games.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (also known as Take-Two and stylized as Take2) is an American multinational developer, publisher and distributor of video games and video game peripherals. The Grand Theft Auto, BioShock, Borderlands, Red Dead and Max Payne series of video games are among the famous titles that Take-Two have published over the years.
Take-Two Interactive was founded in 1993 by Ryan Brant. In the March of 1998, the company went on to strengthen itself in numerous areas by acquiring the BMG Interactive unit from Bertelsmann AG. Later on, BMG Interactive was re-formed, in late 1998, into Rockstar Games.
Take-Two published the video game Biosys (a point-and-click adventure game), in the February of 1999, through the company Jumpstart Interactive. Take-Two then went on to publish Hidden and Dangerous, one of the pioneering tactical first/third person shooters, and its follow-up Hidden and Dangerous 2 in 2003. Then, in 2004, the company paid $22.3 million to Infogrames for the rights to the Civilization series.
In 2005, Take-Two began a host of acquisitions, buying game developers. They formed the publishing companies 2K Games and 2K Sports, and they acquired, from Sega, the rights to the ESPN 2K Sports games (created by Visual Concepts).
January 2013 saw THQ selling the rights of the WWE wrestling game series to Take-Two, while being dissolved. Later on in December, Bill Jemas (former editor-in-chief of Marvel) announced that he had joined Take-Two to start a “graphic fiction imprint”.
In 2008, Electronic Arts (EA) attempted to takeover Take-Two by offering a substantial sum of money. The bid expired in May and was extended to June but, by September, EA announced that they had decided to let the offer to buy Take-Two expire.
Acquisitions and Partnerships:
- 2K Games in Novato, California, founded in January 2005 (labels include of 2K Games, founded in January 2005; 2K Play, founded as Global Star Software in Toronto in 1992, acquired in 1999, name changed September 10, 2007; and 2K Sports, founded in January 2005)
- 2K Australia in Canberra, founded in 2006
- 2K China in Shanghai, founded in 2006
- 2K Czech in Brno, Czech Republic, founded in 1997 as Illusion Softworks, acquired in 2007
- 2K Marin in Novato, California, founded in 2007
- 2K Vegas in Las Vegas, founded as 2K West QA Testing in Los Angeles, renamed in April 2013
- Cat Daddy Games in Kirkland, Washington, founded in 1996
- Firaxis Games in Sparks, Maryland, founded in 1996, acquired in 2005
- Visual Concepts in Novato, California, acquired from Sega in January 2005
- Visual Concepts China in Shanghai
- Visual Concepts Korea in Seoul
- Rockstar Games in New York City, founded in 1998
- Rockstar Japan in Tokyo, founded in 2005
- Rockstar Leeds in West Yorkshire, England, founded as Mobius Entertainment in 1997
- Rockstar Lincoln in Lincolnshire, England, founded in 1997 as Tarantula Studios
- Rockstar London in London, founded in in 2005
- Rockstar New England in Andover, Massachusetts, founded in 1999 as Mad Doc Software, Acquired in 2008
- Rockstar North in Edinburgh, founded in 1988 as DMA Design, acquired from Infogrames in September 1999
- Rockstar San Diego, in San Diego, founded in 1984 as Angel Studios, acquired November 2002
- Rockstar Toronto in Toronto, founded as Rockstar Canada in 1999, renamed in 2002.