Gaming giant behind Grand Theft Auto series buys Dundee studio

Posted on October 14, 2020 by Alistair Hardaker

Rockstar Games, the company behind hit games series Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption,  has acquired Dundee-based Ruffian Games.

The studio will operate under the new name of Rockstar Dundee. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Founded in 2008 by Gary Liddon and Billy Thomson, Ruffian partnered with Microsoft to work on the Crackdown series, and with 343 Industries on Halo: Reach from the Halo Master Chief Collection, among many other projects.

Ruffian’s team of just over 40 have development experience including on early Rockstar titles from the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series.

Both Liddon and Thomson will remain on-board as Co-Studio Directors of Rockstar Dundee.

“We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”

“We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team,” said Billy Thompson, Co-Founder of Ruffian. “Not only do we have the opportunity to work on some of the most successful entertainment properties in the world, but Rockstar’s investment in our studio is a great sign for the continued expansion of game development here in Scotland.”

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