Bill Paxton: BBC's 'GTA' film shows Jack Thompson and Sam Houser on a collision course

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Actor Bill Paxton says that the upcoming Grand Theft Auto film will show Take-Two and Rockstar on a collision course with the former lawyer and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Paxton (who plays Thompson in the made-for-TV movie "Game Changer" that is being produced by the BBC) said that the film focuses on the drawn-out fight between the makers of GTA and Thompson, who claimed that the game(s) had an undue influence on young people.  

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Take-Two: 11 million in sales for 'Bioshock Infinite'

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking at the Technology, Media, & Telecom Conference in New York this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that Bioshock Infinite has managed to garner 11 million in sales to-date. The game was released March 26, 2013 for PC (Windows, Linux, Mac), Xbox 360, and PS3. Zelnick also revealed that the series created by Ken Levine and his studio Irrational Games has sold 25 million copies to-date as well.

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Take-Two sues BBC over 'Grand Theft Auto' movie

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC's movie about the making of Grand Theft Auto has just run into a mountain-sized obstacle: Take Two Interactive. The publisher of the series and the owner of Rockstar Games is suing the BBC over its upcoming film based on the book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto series creator Rockstar Games released a statement written by parent company Take Two Interactive announcing that it was suing the BBC for trademark infringement.

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2K Australia closed, entire staff laid off

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

2K Australia, one of the last major AAA game development studios in the country, is shutting down, Kotaku Australia reports. According to that report all employees are being laid off and the studio is being shut down. The studio was located in Canberra.

Costs were the reason the studio was shuttered according to sources speaking to Kotaku Australia, who also said that a move to Melbourne was considered at one point.

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'Grand Theft Auto V' Reaches 45 Million Sales Milestone

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Last night Take-Two Interactive revealed that - to no one's surprise - that wholly owned studio Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V has now reached 45 million unit sales since its launch. Take-Two also revealed that around 10 million of those sales come from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales, with the rest coming from the last generation PS3 and Xbox 360. The PC version is currently in development and is set for a release in March after a delay in January.

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2K Games Announces 'The Handsome Jack Collection'

January 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

2K Games has announced The Handsome Jack Collection, a compilation package that includes two Borderlands games remastered for the Xbox One and PS4. Hitting retail March 24, The Handsome Jack Collection includes Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Prequel and all the DLC from both games' Season Passes. Both of the games have been remastered in high definition for the PS4 and Xbox One and also offer the ability to transfer saves from both games from your PS3 to your PS4 and Xbox 360 to your Xbox One.

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Take-Two President: If you don't like 'GTA V,' don't buy it

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking at the BMO Capital Markets 2014 Technology & Digital Media Conference (as chronicled by GII) today, Take-Two president Karl Slatoff said that those pushing to get Grand Theft Auto V banned in Australia should simply not buy the game if they don't like it, not get it banned from store shelves.

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Take-Two Says That Digital Distribution Revenue is Strong, But Physical Media Still Important

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said today at the Credit Suisse Annual Technology Conference that, while digital revenues are growing, some maybe overstating the impact revenues from digital sales have on a company's bottom line. Zelnick claims that Take-Two generates roughly 15 - 30 percent of its revenue from digital sales.

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Take-Two CEO Expresses Disappointment in Target Australia's Decision to Remove 'GTA V' From Stores

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick has expressed deep disappointment in Target Australia's decision to pull Grad Theft Auto V from its store shelves after an online petition specifically targeted the retailer over stocking the game. That petition on Change.org called for the retailer to pull the game over first-person interactions with sex workers (mostly viewed from YouTube videos showing sex with a prostitute followed by a murder in first-person view).

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Take-Two Sells 34 Million Copies of 'GTA V'

October 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

As part of his company's Q2 FY2015 earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has sold 34 million copies worldwide since its launch late last year. Those figures represent sales on the Xbox 360 and PS3 since late last year. Zelnick went on to say that these numbers are good because the company has not reached full saturation in all markets. The game is set for launch on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Linsday Lohan's Lawyers Modify Focus of 'GTA V' Lawsuit Against Take-Two

October 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit against Rockstar/Take-Two Interactive for her alleged depiction in Grand Theft Auto V has shifted its focus to be compatible with New York State law (the jurisdiction where the lawsuit was filed) and the amended complaint filed by Lohan's lawyers has gone from 10 to 67 pages long, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Rumor: CM Punk Rep. Negotiating With WWE Over 'WWE 2K15'

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GameSpot report, legal representatives for former WWE wrestler CM Punk (real name, Phil Brooks) are in talks with WWE officials to sort through a number of unsettled issues - including CM Punk's inclusion in 2K Games' upcoming WWE-branded wrestling game WWE 2K15. According to the report, which cites "sources connected to the matter," CM Punk is upset over being included in 2K's upcoming game.

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Rumor: Activision in Talks to Buy Take-Two

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International talks to two financial analysts who closely watch the video games industry sector about what they make of rumors that Activision could possibly acquire Take-Two. This rumor began circulating over the weekend after Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, sent a note to investors on Friday claiming that the two companies were engaged in what he categorized an "emerging romance."

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Rockstar Calls Lindsay Lohan's GTA V Lawsuit 'Frivolous'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Grand Theft Auto V maker Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive responded to Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit in a Manhattan Court filing on Tuesday. The companies said in their response to Lohan's lawsuit that the Hollywood star "filed [the lawsuit] for publicity purposes." They also called the lawsuit frivolous.

They are asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit and for Lohan to pay its legal fees.

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Take-Two Records Small Loss in Q1 2015

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two posted a net revenue of $125.4 million in the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year, down 12 percent compared to the $142.7 million recorded for the same period a year ago. The company's net loss shrank by nearly 43 percent to $35.4 million, down from $61.9 million last year.

NBA 2K14, Grand Theft Auto V, Grand Theft Auto Online, and Borderlands 2 drove revenue for the quarter.

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Take-Two CEO Sees Oculus Rift as 'Anti-Social,' Geared Towards 'Core Gamers'

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says that, while the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is great for core gamers who want to immerse themselves in a gaming experience, it may not be so good for social interactions with friends and family from the living room couch.

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Take-Two: BioShock, Red Dead Redemption Not Dead

May 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed yesterday during a Cowen and Company analyst conference (covered by GameSpot) that a new Red Dead Redemption game is on the way and that BioShock is not dead.

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Take-Two CEO Praises New Kinect-Free Xbox One

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick told GamesIndustry International that he is pleased that Microsoft decided to unbundle the Kinect from Xbox One, in turn allowing consumers to pick up the system for $100 less.

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Some 2K Games Will Lose Online Support After GameSpy Shutdown

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

2K Games says that the upcoming shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology (owned by Glu) will "temporarily" take Borderlands and several Civilization games offline. The publishing label of Take-Two plans to transition some of the affected games from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support.

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Former 'Mob Wives' Star Sues Take-Two Over Grand Theft Auto V

February 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Karen Gravano, the daughter of New York City mobster-turned-informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, has filed a lawsuit in Manhattan against Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games, claiming that the game makers made a character based on her without her permission in Grand Theft Auto V.

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Irrational Games to Close After BioShock Infinite DLC is Released

February 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Irrational Games founder and Bioshock creator Ken Levine announced via the Irrational Games web site that the studio would be shutting down and laying off all but 15 people. The studio, which was bought out by 2K Games (Take-Two) in January of 2006, will shut down after it finishes up work on the BioShock Infinite downloadable content, the second part of Burial at Sea. The DLC is set for release next month.

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Take-Two Rakes in $578 Million in FYQ3 on GTA V Sales

February 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Publisher Take-Two Interactive released financial results for its fiscal third quarter ending December 31, 2013, revealing that it raked in a whopping $578 million in profits. The company attributed the lion's share of this profit to its latest game in the popular Grand Theft Auto series, Grand Theft Auto V.

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Report: 2K Czech Prague Office Closed, Some Staff Moved to Other Studios

January 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Eurogamer has confirmed with 2K Games that the headquarters of 2K Czech in Prague (where Mafia 3 was rumored to be in development) has been closed and some of the staff has been moved to its offices in Brno. Some staff were laid off as well.

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Report: Major Layoffs Hit 2K Marin, Studio Could be Closing

October 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday news broke about a round of layoffs at Take-Two Interactive's 2K Marin studio. The publisher confirmed that it underwent "staff reductions" at the studio behind The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, but now reports are emerging that the staff was effectively reduced to zero.

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GTA V Now Holds Seven Guinness World Records

October 9, 2013 - James Fudge

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V has managed to get itself into the official record books seven times.

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NYU-Poly Roundtable Discusses Supporting the Video Games Industry in New York City

September 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Twenty-five executives and experts in the interactive entertainment industry are taking part in an event to discuss how New York City lawmakers can attract and support an industry that generates nearly $5 billion a year today. The event is being hosted and sponsored by Polytechnic Institute of New York University (in Brooklyn, NY).

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Take-Two Warns GTA V Video Makers About 'Spoilers'

September 17, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive told fans in this support forum thread that it is "happy for fans" to upload gameplay footage, but warns them that any videos containing spoilers and other "in-game entertainment" will be flagged for removal via a takedown notice to whatever service they might be using.

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Report: GTA V Costs $266 Million to Develop and Market

September 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Games' upcoming open-world action game Grand Theft Auto V may have cost up to $266 million to develop and market, according to a report by Scottish newspaper The Scotsman. The article also claims that industry analysts expect the game "could sell" upwards of 25 million copies in its first year on the market. That would generate over $1.56 billion in sales for Take-Two Interactive, they say.

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Take-Two Files Complaint With WIPO Over GTA V Domain

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Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive filed a complaint this week with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeking to claim the domain GTAV.com. The domain name is currently registered to a Spanish resident and listed as "for sale." While the domain name currently redirects users to the official Grand Theft Auto V website, in February it sent users to a blog about the game.

Take-Two has filed more over 24 disputes against websites related to GTA V - including one that promised access to a beta test of the game (gta5betacode.com).

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Publishers Still Deliberating on Used Games in Next Generation

June 25, 2013 -

While Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo seem to be on the same page about messing with used games on their new systems, publishers are still being non-committal about how they will approach used games sales in this new generation. In the past some have tried everything from always-on DRM to online passes and even forcing customers to use software clients in order to play their games.

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Infophile(cont'd) about non-union police officers being given hell until they joined the union.07/07/2015 - 4:58pm
InfophileParadoxically, the drive in the US to get rid of unions seems to have left only the most corrupt surviving. They seem to be the only ones that can find ways to browbeat employees into joining when paying dues isn't mandatory. I've heard some stories ...07/07/2015 - 4:57pm
Matthew WilsonI am old school on this. I believe its a conflict of interest to have public sector unions. that being said, I do not have a positive look on unions in general.07/07/2015 - 3:59pm
TechnogeekWhat's best for the employee tends to be good for the employer; other way around, not so much. So long as that's the case, there's going to be a far stronger incentive for management to behave in such a way that invites retalitation than for the union to.07/07/2015 - 3:10pm
TechnogeekTeachers' unions? State legislatures. UAW? Just look at GM's middle management.07/07/2015 - 3:05pm
TechnogeekIn many ways it seems that the worse a union tends to behave, the worse that the company's management has behaved in the past.07/07/2015 - 3:02pm
james_fudgeCharity starts at home ;)07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
james_fudgeSo mandatory charity? That sounds shitty to me07/07/2015 - 2:49pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, if Union dues are automatically withdrawn, then there is no such thing as a non-union employee.07/07/2015 - 2:38pm
Goth_Skunka mutually agreed upon charity instead.07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_Skunkyou enjoy the benefits of working in a union environment. If working in a union is against your religious beliefs or just something you wholeheartedly object to, dues will still be deducted from your pay, but you can instruct that they be directed towards07/07/2015 - 2:33pm
Goth_SkunkBasically, if you are employed in a business where employees are represented by a union for the purposes of collective bargaining, whether or not you are a union member, you will have union dues deducted from your pay, since regardless of membership,07/07/2015 - 2:32pm
Goth_SkunkIt's something that has existed in Canada since 1946. You can read more on it here: http://ow.ly/PiHWR07/07/2015 - 2:27pm
Goth_SkunkSee, we have something similar in Canada, called a "Rand Employee." This is an employee who benefits from the collective bargaining efforts of a union, despite not wanting to be a part of it for whatever reason.07/07/2015 - 2:22pm
Matthew Wilson@info depends on the sector. for example, have you looked at how powerful unions are in the public sector? I will make the argument they have too much power in that sector.07/07/2015 - 12:39pm
InfophileIt's easy to worry about unions having too much power and causing harm. The odd thing is, why do people seem to worry about that more than the fact that business-owners can have too much power and do harm, particularly at a time when unions have no power?07/07/2015 - 12:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthe thing is unions earned their bad reputation in the US. the way unions oparate the better at your job you are, the likely you want to be in a union.07/07/2015 - 11:33am
InfophilePut that way, "right to work" seems to have BLEEP-all to do with gay rights. Thing is, union-negotiated contracts used to be one of the key ways to prevent employers from firing at will. Without union protection, nothing stops at-will firing.07/07/2015 - 11:06am
Infophilehas an incentive to pay dues if they're represented either way, so the union is starved for funds and dies, unless things are bad enough that people will pay dues anyway.07/07/2015 - 11:02am
InfophileFor those who don't know, "right to work" laws mean that it can't be a condition of an employment contract that you pay union dues. That is, the right to work without having to pay dues. Catch is, unions have to represent non-members as well, so no one...07/07/2015 - 11:01am
 

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