Born in London.
Left school in London with bad A-level results.
Re-did A-levels. Better results.
Began summer job sorting mail at BMG Records in London.
Started degree at London university.
Worked part time at BMG on pop videos and VHS releases.
Graduated from university and transferred within BMG to its interactive division.
Became head of development for BMG Interactive.
Released Grand Theft Auto on PC and PlayStation.
As had been clear for a while, BMG got cold feet on the interactive division (they had lost money, due to the wisdom of doing things like opening offices in about 27 countries – including Ecuador). BMG Interactive was sold for $9 million to Take Two, a small distributor with a small publishing division in Europe and next to none in the US. Along with the people, desks and office leases, the deal also includes rights to BMGI’s games, including GTA.
Move to New York as head of development for Take Two, with responsibility for starting a publishing business in the US.
Released GTA in the US.
Released Space Station Silicon Valley on N64 – developed by the same team who would go on to make GTA III.
Founded Rockstar Games – a high-end publishing division of Take Two, with stated goals to focus on progressive gameplay and high production values, as the company believed that games would come to compete with movies. Get laughed at a lot!
First Rockstar release, GTA London 1969. Reaches number one in the UK.
Take Two purchases DMA Design from Infogrames (which had bought it off Gremlin or someone else, now defunct).
GTA 2 comes out – the first Take Two game to ship a million units at launch.
Rockstar has two games ready at the launch of PS2 – Midnight Club and Smuggler’s Run. Midnight Club goes on to become the most successful of the PS2’s launch title line-up.
GTA III comes out. Becomes biggest PS2 game of all time.
GTA: Vice City comes out. Becomes biggest PS2 game of all time.
Manhunt released. Proves popular with the Daily Mail.
GTA: San Andreas comes out. Becomes biggest PS2 game of all time.
PSP launches – Midnight Club 3 becomes most successful launch title on system.
Residue code found in San Andreas. Hackers modify it and it turns into scandal known as ‘Hot Coffee’. Get dragged into legal nightmare, ending in trip to Washington in February 2006 to sit in front of federal trade commission staff – for nine hours.
GTA: Liberty City Stories comes out – becomes biggest selling game on PSP.
Release Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis – first next-gen game, showcasing new rage engine.
Bully released. Proves popular with the Daily Mail.
Manhunt 2 refused certification for UK release by BBFC.
GTA IV released.
Other games Rockstar is very proud of, that it has released along the way- The Warriors (2005), Red Dead Revolver, (2004), Max Payne 1 and 2 (2001, 2003), GTA: Vice City Stories (2006), Midnight Club 2, 3 and Dub Edition (2003, 2005, 2006), Smuggler’s Run 2 (2001).
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