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Company OverviewTake-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.

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 studiosEstablished development studiosOther acquisitionsThe 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.

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Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading worldwide publisher, developer, marketer, distributor of interactive entertainment software games.¶

Take-Two's product offerings include titles for the leading hardware platforms, such as PlayStation®, PlayStation®2, Xbox’, Nintendo GameCube’, Game Boy® Advance as well as for PCs. Games are published under the Take-Two, Rockstar Games, Gotham Games Gathering of Developers, Joytech and Global Star labels.¶

Take-Two has aggressively pursued software opportunities for next-generation console platforms. The Company recently shipped Grand Theft Auto 3, Mafia, Age of Wonders II: The Wizards Throne and Tropico: Mucho Macho for the PC, The Italian Job and Big Bass Fishing for the PlayStation®, Smuggler’s Run Warzones for the GameCube’ and Duke Nukem for the Game Boy® Advance. New titles planned for 2002 include Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Conflict: Desert Storm, Midnight Club 2 for the PlayStation®2, Stronghold Crusader and Serious Sam: Gold for the PC, State of Emergency and Serious Sam: Gold for Xbox’ and Spec Ops: Airborne Commando and Austin Powers Pinball for PlayStation®.¶

The Company's Jack of All Games distribution subsidiary, which is the number one domestic console game distributor, has a strong customer base including Wal-Mart, Toy's R Us, Target, GameStop, Kay Bee, Electronics Boutique, Blockbuster, Amazon, and other national and regional retailers, discount store chains, and specialty retailers.¶

Source: Selected articles from Take 2 Interactive Official Website - Corporate Overview - Company Background¶

http://www.take2games.com/index.php?p=corporate_overview
Company Overview
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is one of the largest publishing and distribution houses in North America and was originally founded in 1993 by <moby developer="Ryan Brant">Ryan Brant</moby>. The company has an extensive portfolio of games and IP, mostly through the acquisition of development studios. Its strongest asset is the wholly-owned <moby company="Rockstar Games, Inc.">Rockstar Games, Inc.</moby>, which houses a large amount of development studios responsible for the acclaimed games in the <moby gamegroup="Grand Theft Auto">Grand Theft Auto</moby> series.¶

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

<b>Acquired development studios</b><ul>¶
<li><moby company="TalonSoft">TalonSoft</moby> (1999, closed in 2005
and sold largely to <moby company="Matrix Games">Matrix Games</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Poptop Software">Poptop Software</moby> (2000, closed in 2006
and merged into <moby company="Firaxis">Firaxis</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="neo Software Produktions GmbH">neo Software Produktions GmbH</moby> (2001, later <moby company="Rockstar Vienna">Rockstar Vienna</moby>
and closed in 2006)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Barking Dog Studios, Ltd.">Barking Dog Studios, Ltd.</moby> (2002, now <moby company="Rockstar Vancouver">Rockstar Vancouver</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Angel Studios">Angel Studios</moby> (2002, now <moby company="Rockstar San Diego">Rockstar San Diego</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Frog City Software">Frog City Software</moby> (through <moby company="Gathering">Gathering</moby>, closed in 2006
and merged into <moby company="Firaxis">Firaxis</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Mobius Entertainment">Mobius Entertainment</moby> (2004, now <moby company="Rockstar Leeds">Rockstar Leeds</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Venom Games">Venom Games</moby> (2004)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Indie Built, Inc.">Indie Built, Inc.</moby> (2004, closed down in 2006)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Visual Concepts Entertainment">Visual Concepts Entertainment</moby> (2005)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Kush Games">Kush Games</moby> (2005)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Firaxis Games">Firaxis Games</moby> (2005)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Irrational Games">Irrational Games</moby> (2006, now <moby company="2K Boston">2K Boston</moby>
and <moby company="2K Australia">2K Australia</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Power
and Magic Development">Power and Magic Development</moby> (2006)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Illusion Softworks">Illusion Softworks</moby> (2008, now <moby company="2K Czech">2K Czech</moby>)</li></ul><b>Established development studios</b><ul>¶
<li><moby company="2K Shanghai">2K Shanghai</moby> (2006)</li>¶
<li><moby company="2K Marin">2K Marin</moby> (2007)</li></ul><b>Other acquisitions</b><ul>¶
<li><moby company="Jack
of All Games">Jack of All Games</moby> (1998, outsourced in 2008)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Global Star Software Inc.">Global Star Software Inc.</moby> (1999)</li>¶
<li><moby company="Gathering of Developers">Gathering of Developers</moby> (2000, eventually merged into <moby company="Rockstar">Rockstar</moby>
and <moby company="2K Games">2K Games</moby>)</li>¶
<li><moby company="TDK Mediactive, Inc.">TDK Mediactive, Inc.</moby> (2003, now <moby company="Take-Two Licensing, Inc.">Take-Two Licensing, Inc.</moby>)</li>¶
</ul>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 <moby company="Electronic Arts, Inc.">Electronic Arts</moby> set its sights on the company and most importantly the Rockstar studios it owns, mostly in response of the merger between <moby company="Activision">Activision</moby> and <moby company="Vivendi">Vivendi</moby>, but eventually in October 2008 it was confirmed there was no agreement.

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