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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is one of the largest publishing and distribution houses in North America and was originally founded in 1993 by Ryan Brant. The company has an extensive portfolio of games and IP, mostly through the acquisition of development studios. Its strongest asset is the wholly-owned Rockstar Games, Inc., which houses a large amount of development studios responsible for the acclaimed games in the Grand Theft Auto series. The company entered the European publishing and distribution business in 1997 through the acquisition of GameTek UK Ltd., which was renamed Take-Two Interactive Software Europe Ltd.

In 2002 the publishing label Gotham Games was launched. In 2004 the company established 2K Sports as a label for sports games, mostly a continuation of the 2K series by Visual Concepts Entertainment. One year later, in 2005, 2K Games was formed, the company's most important publishing label. In 2007 the casual games publishing label 2K Play was launched.

Acquired development studios* Alternative Reality Technologies, Inc. (1997) * TalonSoft (1999, closed in 2005 and sold largely to Matrix Games) * Poptop Software (2000, closed in 2006 and merged into Firaxis) * neo Software Produktions GmbH (2001, later Rockstar Vienna and closed in 2006) * Barking Dog Studios, Ltd. (2002, now Rockstar Vancouver) * Angel Studios (2002, now Rockstar San Diego) * Frog City Software (through Gathering, closed in 2006 and merged into Firaxis) * Mobius Entertainment (2004, now Rockstar Leeds) * Venom Games (2004) * Indie Built, Inc. (2004, closed down in 2006) * Visual Concepts Entertainment (2005) * Kush Games (2005, now 2K Los Angeles) * Firaxis Games (2005) * Irrational Games (2006, now 2K Boston and 2K Australia) * Power and Magic Development (2006) * Illusion Softworks (2008, now 2K Czech)

Established development studios* 2K Shanghai (2006) * 2K Marin (2007)

Other acquisitions* GameTek UK Ltd. (1997, renamed Take-Two Interactive Software Europe Ltd.) * Jack of All Games (1998, outsourced in 2008, sold in December 2009) * Global Star Software Inc. (1999, merged into 2K Play on September 10, 2007) * Gathering of Developers (2000, eventually merged into Rockstar and 2K Games) * TDK Mediactive, Inc. (2003, now Take-Two Licensing, Inc.)

The company was also involved with video game peripherals through its wholly-owned Joytech subsidiary, until it was sold to Mad Catz Interactive in September 2007.

In February 2008 Electronic Arts set its sights on the company and most importantly the Rockstar studios it owns, mostly in response of the merger between Activision and Vivendi, but eventually in October 2008 it was confirmed there was no agreement.

186 Games Released (1994 - 2023)

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Kerbal Space Program 2 (2023 on Windows)
New Tales from the Borderlands (2022 on Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5...)
PGA Tour 2K23 (2022 on Windows)
Rollerdrome (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5)
OlliOlli World: Void Riders (2022 on Windows)
OlliOlli World (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch...)
OlliOlli World: Close Encounter Skate Deck (2022 on Windows)
OlliOlli World: Expansion Pass (2022 on Windows)
Hades (2021 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, PlayStation 5...)
The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
The Outer Worlds: Board-Approved Bundle (2020 on Windows Apps, Xbox One, PlayStation 4...)
The Outer Worlds: Non-Mandatory Corporate-Sponsored Bundle (2020 on Windows)
The Outer Worlds: Expansion Pass (2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows...)
The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Disintegration (2020 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
BioShock 2: Remastered (2020 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch)
BioShock: Remastered (2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4)
The Outer Worlds (2019 on Windows, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4...)
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (2019 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Kerbal Space Program: Breaking Ground Expansion (2019 on Windows, Linux, Macintosh)

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History +


Company founded by Ryan Brant.


company acquires Global Star Software


The company acquires TalonSoft.

May 1999

Take Two acquires operating control of Telstar Electronic Studios.

May 2000

Acquires Gathering of Developers

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Trivia +

Location & contact information in November 2007:

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

622 Broadway

New York, NY 10012


Phone: 1-646-536-2842

Take-Two received the following Awards from the German online magazine 4Players: * Best Developer of 2005 * #2 Best Publisher of 2006. * Best Publisher of 2007

Location & contact information in November 1995:

Take 2 Interactive Software

1004 Ligonier St., Third Floor

Latrobe, PA 15650

Technical Support: 412-539-6407

Fax Suport: 412-539-3195

BBS Support: 412-539-6414

Hint line: 1-900-288-2532

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