The Info List - 2K Games

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2K Games, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in Novato, California. The company and its 2K Sports division were founded in January 2005 by Christoph Hartmann, David Ismailer, Jason Argent and Greg Thomas, as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. 2K Games is Take-Two Interactive's second publishing label, after Rockstar Games, and houses all of Take-Two Interactive's development studios, apart from Social Point and the studios suborganized under Rockstar Games and Private Division.


1 History 2 Studios

2.1 Current 2.2 Defunct

3 Games published 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] On January 24, 2005, Take-Two Interactive acquired Visual Concepts and its Kush Games subsidiary, as well as the intellectual property of the 2K sports game series, from Sega for US$24 million.[1][2] The following day, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had established 2K Games, making use of the 2K trademark, for the new publishing label.[3] 2K Sports, a division dedicated to 2K Games' sports titles, was established alongside.[4] The new company would from then on manage Take-Two Interactive's development studios, Visual Concepts, Kush Games, Indie Built, Venom Games, PopTop Software and Frog City Software, which were split between 2K Games and 2K Sports depending on the developer's primary genre.[5] In a five-alarm fire on January 21, 2006, the administrative and marketing portion of 2K Games' offices was heavily damaged.[6] On June 15, 2007, 2K Games announced that they had closed their offices in New York City and would move to a new location on the West Coast, namely Novato, California, together with 2K Sports.[7] On September 10, 2007, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had struck a partnership with Nickelodeon on publishing games based on their licenses.[8] As a result of the agreement, Take-Two Interactive opened 2K Play as a new division of 2K Games.[9] 2K Play would henceforth focus on family-friendly titles.[10] On May 4, 2017, 2K Games co-founder and until-then President, Christoph Hartmann, announced that he had stepped down from his position.[11] Hartman previously worked for Take-Two Interactive for roughly 20 years, but did not state a reason for his departure.[12][13] 2K Games' chief operating officer, David Ismailer, succeeded Hartmann as President on May 31, 2017.[14][15] Studios[edit] Current[edit]

2K Chengdu in Chengdu, China; founded in June 2011. 2K Marin in Novato, California; founded in 2007. 2K Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.; founded in 2006 as 2K West, renamed in April 2013.[16] Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley, Maryland, U.S.; founded in January 1996, acquired in November 2005. Ghost Story Games in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.; founded in 2017 as successor to Irrational Games.[17] Hangar 13 in Novato, California; founded in December 2014.


2K Australia in Canberra, Australia, founded as Irrational Games Australia in 2000, acquired in 2006, closed in April 2015.[18] 2K China in Shanghai, China, founded in 2006, closed in November 2015.[19] 2K Czech in Brno, Czech Republic; founded in 1997, acquired in January 2008, merged into Hangar 13 in 2017. 2K Hangzhou in Hangzhou, China; founded in 2007, closed in November 2015. Frog City Software in San Francisco, California, U.S.; founded in 1995, acquired in May 2003, and closed in 2006. Irrational Games in Westwood, Massachusetts, U.S.; founded in May 1997, acquired in January 2006, closed in 2017 and succeeded by Ghost Story Games.[17] PopTop Software in Fenton, Missouri, U.S.; founded in 1993, acquired in July 2000, merged into Firaxis Games in March 2006.[20] Venom Games in Newcastle upon Tyne, England; founded in January 2003, acquired in 2004, closed in July 2008.[21]

Games published[edit] Main article: List of Take-Two Interactive games References[edit]

^ Feldman, Curt (January 24, 2005). "Sega officially out of the sports game". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Adams, David (January 24, 2005). "Take Two Buys Visual Concepts". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Robinson, Jon (January 25, 2005). "Take-Two Opens 2K Games". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Winegarner, Beth (January 25, 2005). "Take-Two pitches new label; sports high on the agenda". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Jenkins, David (January 25, 2005). "Take-Two Acquires Visual Concepts, Announces 2K Games Brand". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Adams, David (January 23, 2006). "2K Games Office Damaged in Fire". IGN. Retrieved February 15, 2018.  ^ Nick Breckon (June 15, 2007). "2K Games Closes NYC Office, Heads West". Shacknews. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Hatfield, Daemon (September 10, 2007). "Take-Two Plays with Nickelodeon". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Androvich, Mark (September 10, 2007). "Nickelodeon enters agreement with new 2K Play label". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Kuchera, Ben (September 10, 2007). "Take-Two partners with Nickelodeon, launches casual game label 2K Play". Ars Technica. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Shea, Brian (May 4, 2017). "President Of 2K Games Christoph Hartmann Leaves Company". Game Informer. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Dring, Christopher (May 4, 2017). "2K president Christoph Hartmann departs". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (May 4, 2017). "2K Games President Christoph Hartmann Leaves Company". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Kerr, Chris (May 31, 2017). "Take-Two appoints David Ismailer as president of 2K Games". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Handrahan, Matthew (May 31, 2017). "David Ismailer steps in as new 2K president". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Curtis, Tom (1 November 2012). "Take-Two moving QA studio to Las Vegas". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ a b Pereira, Chris (February 23, 2017). "Former BioShock Studio Irrational Games Adopts A New Name". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Sarkar, Samit (April 15, 2015). "2K Australia is shutting down". Polygon. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Makuch, Eddie (November 6, 2015). "Borderlands Online Canceled, Developer Shuttered". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Thorsen, Tor (March 7, 2006). "PopTop folded into Firaxis?". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.  ^ Guest Contributor (2 July 2008). "Venom Games to close?". MCV. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 

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Former studios

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Notable games

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Current studios

2K Marin Cat Daddy Games Firaxis Games Ghost Story Games Hangar 13 Visual Concepts

Former studios

2K Australia 2K China 2K Czech 2K Los Angeles Frog City Software Indie Built Irrational Games PAM Development PopTop Software Venom Games

Notable games

Battleborn BioShock series Borderlands series Civilization series Duke Nukem series Evolve Mafia series MLB 2K series NBA 2K series

NBA 2K League

NHL 2K series Prey Spec Ops: The Line The Darkness series WWE 2K series XCOM series

Former labels

Double Take Comics Gathering of Developers Global Star Software Gotham Games Mission Studios Take-Two Licensing TalonSoft


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