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Co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser, Creators Of GTA, Leaves The Company

One co-founder of Rockstar Games, the creators of Grand Theft Auto (GTA), Dan Houser, is leaving the firm. He had started Rockstar Games in 1998 with his brother Sam.


Dan was a main creative force behind some of the firm’s biggest series and successes including Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and Red Dead.


Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive said his departure comes after an “extended break” from the company.


Rockstar’s series are amongst the best-selling and most critically-acclaimed games of the last two decades. Their games have often courted controversy and criticism, especially for encouraging violence and prostitution in the game.


The GTA game is mostly about stealing cars and committing violent crimes. The players assume the role of a criminal, wanting to build an empire, and engaging in robbery, murder, or soliciting prostitution in order to achieve this.

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Jason Schreier, a News editor at Kotaku, posted the news that the lead writer on most of their games including GTAV and one of the two men most responsible for Rockstar’s culture will be leaving the Rockstar Games.




Dan will officially leave Rockstar in March, according to a notice Take-Two Interactive sent to US financial regulators. His brother, Sam Houser will, however, continue as the president of Rockstar Games.

Take-Two Interactive extremely grateful for Dan’s contributions

Dan was one of the lead writers for the Grand Theft Auto series, Bully and Red Dead Redemption. Two of the series gained wide acceptance around the world.


The GTA V, in particular, is the most successful in the series. It became the third highest-selling game of all time, broke industry sales records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history, earning $800 million in its first day and $1 billion in its first three days.


Take-Two Interactive said it was “extremely grateful” for Dan’s contributions and that the rest of the team was focused on upcoming projects.


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