Rockstar Games

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The Rockstar Games Logo.

Rockstar Games is a development division of video game publisher Take-Two Interactive that comprised of studios that have been acquired and renamed as well as others that have been created internally. While many of the studios that Take-Two has acquired have been merged into the Rockstar brand, several other recent ones have retained their previous identities and have become part of the company's 2K Games division. Rockstar Games is most known for managing Rockstar North and Rockstar Leeds, studios that have been for most parts responsible for developing the Grand Theft Auto series.

While Rockstar Games studios tend to concentrate on their own game development, collaborations between studios are known, and certain elements from games developed by a Rockstar Games studio can emerge in games from another studio. In addition, many current Rockstar Games game now utilize the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine, a dedicated game engine developed by Rockstar San Diego.

The Rockstar Games label was founded in 1998 by Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Dan Houser, Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Donovan has since left the company, to be replaced by former Capcom managing director, Gary Dale. Dale, along with Sam and Dan Houser is the leadership now.

Due to Rockstar Games rebranding policy of acquired studios, misconceptions of Rockstar Games being a single game developer are not uncommon, often assuming all games released under the Rockstar Games label are created by the same development team.

Rockstar studios

Logo Name Notes
Rockstar Leeds Logo.png Rockstar Leeds Based in Leeds, England. Previously known as Mobius Entertainment and are based in the Stanningley district of Leeds. They helped create the three PSP GTA games.
Rockstar Lincoln.png Rockstar Lincoln Based in Lincoln, England. Quality assurance and localization studio, formerly Tarantula Studios.
Rockstar London Logo.png Rockstar London Based in London, England. Formed in November 2005. Worked on Manhunt 2.
Rockstar New England logo.png Rockstar New England Based in Andover, Massachusetts. Formerly Mad Doc Software. Incorporated in 2008, they are the newest subsidiary of Rockstar, and are best known for Empire Earth III.
Rockstar North Logo.png Rockstar North Based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The best known Rockstar company. They were previously known as DMA Design. They are famous for their Grand Theft Auto series and Manhunt.
Rockstar San Diego Logo.png Rockstar San Diego

Based in Carlsbad, California, a suburb of San Diego. Previously known as Angel Studios of Midtown Madness, Midnight Club, Red Dead Revolver fame, and the newly released and critically acclaimed, Red Dead Redemption.

Rockstar Toronto Logo.png Rockstar Toronto Based in Oakville, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Take Two's in-house development team, previously known as Rockstar Canada. Their most well-known work is their adaptation of the cult classic film The Warriors.
Rockstar Vancouver Logo.png Rockstar Vancouver Based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously known as Barking Dog Studios. They have released Bully.
Rockstarjapan.png Rockstar Japan

Based in Tokyo, Japan. The studio was founded in 2005. Works in conjunction with developer Capcom on Japanese localizations of numerous games by Rockstar. Also known as 'Rockstar Games Tokyo'.

Rockstar Vienna Logo.png Rockstar Vienna Based in Vienna, Austria. Previously known as neo Software; closed on May 11, 2006. Worked on Max Payne and Max Payne 2 and the Grand Theft Auto: Double Pack.

Other companies that have developed for Rockstar Games


Notable Games & Series

  • Bully (including 'Scholarship Edition') (2006, 2008)
  • Grand Theft Auto (1997-pres.)
  • L.A. Noire (2011)
  • Manhunt (2003)
  • Max Payne (2001)
  • Midnight Club series (2000-pres.)
  • Oni (2001)
  • Red Dead Redemption (2010)
  • Smuggler's Run (2000-2002)
  • Table Tennis (2006)
  • The Warriors (2005)
  • Wild Metal (2004)


Rockstar Games are credited as executive producers of Sunday Driver and The Football Factory.

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Rockstar's logo consists of a black 'R' and a white star on a yellow background. Rockstar Games has a habit of placing the logo within their games as a form of Easter Egg.

In Grand Theft Auto III

  • The logo appears on many billboards throughout Liberty City, particularly around the Liberty Memorial Coliseum.
  • An advertisement in Bedford Point shows a coffee cup with the logo on it.
  • A pedestrian that is commonly seen in Staunton Island wears a jacket that says "ROCK STAR" on the front.
  • The logo appears as a constellation in the sky, with an especially bright star at the tip to represent the white star of the logo.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

A Rockstar-shaped pool
  • The door of Rockster Video Games bears the logo. The name "Rockster Video Games" is also a clear reference to the company.
  • The logo appears as a constellation in the sky, with an especially bright star at the tip to represent the white star of the logo.
  • A swimming pool on Starfish Island is shaped like the logo.
  • The clerk of the Ammu-Nation stores wears a jacket with the Rockstar logo on the front and the words "ROCK STAR" on the back.
  • The logo is on a heart-shaped tombstone and on a shirt of a person in a picture frame in Funeraria Romero.
  • On the parked Air Rockstar jumbo jets in Escobar International Airport, the name appears on the front of the jet and the logo appears on its tail.
  • The logo is on billboards across the street from Café Robina and across the street from Screw This.
  • On one of the variant of the Hotring Racer.
  • On one of the variant of the Bloodring Banger.
  • On the walls of the drainage canal in Little Haiti.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Carl Johnson's suitcase in the first cutscene has a Rockstar Games sticker.
  • The logo appears on numerous items of clothing.
  • The action figure boxes for GTA Vice City and Manhunt characters in Zero RC bear the logo.
  • The Rockstar constellation returns from GTA Vice City.
  • The Rockstar logo can also be seen on a San Fierro Tower in downtown San Fierro when coming off the Garver Bridge.
  • The name "Rock Star" appears on some drug dealers (the ones with hoodies).
  • The logo is emblazoned on a surfboard inside Sub Urban stores.
  • North of Los Santos, there is a place named "Northstar Rock", a clear reference to Rockstar North.

In Grand Theft Auto Advance

In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Graffiti resembling the logo can be seen throughout the city.
  • A pedestrian has the logo emblazoned on his hat.

In Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The bowling pins in Memory Lanes bear the logo.
  • Large concrete slabs near Castle Gardens feature the logo.
  • The zombie skin available in multiplayer wears yellow underwear with the Rockstar logo.
  • Some pedestrians can be seen wearing clothing featuring a logo that consists of an R and a star, but not in the same style as the Rockstar Games logo.
  • Rock Star Music & Video is likely named after Rockstar Games.
  • An Angels of Death member, dubbed the "Fat Biker", has the logo on his belt buckle.
  • If one looks closely at the fabric of the white couches in the Middle Park East Safehouse, an uppercase 'R' that resembles the Rockstar logo can be seen.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • The logo appears as a fridge magnet on the Mission Replay whiteboard, along with the Rockstar Leeds logo.
  • The "Key to the City" trophy has the Rockstar logo as its handle.

In Bully

  • The logo can be seen as a sign hanging over the front of an unnamed shop in Old Bullworth Vale.

In other media

  • John Carter from the NBC drama ER has a Rockstar logo on his locker.
  • Seth Cohen from the Fox drama The O.C. has a Rockstar North logo on his bedroom wall.
  • Trevor Morgan from the movie Mean Creek has a Rockstar logo on his bedroom wall.
  • At the beginning of Scary Movie 2, a Rockstar Games Logo poster can be seen.
  • In the TV series Grounded For Life, there is a Rockstar logo sticker on the Finnertys' fridge.
  • In the TV series Malcolm in the Middle, there is a Rockstar logo sticker on the family's fridge.
  • On the cover on of one of the Hardy Boys books, Frank Hardy is holding a card with the Rockstar logo

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