Rockstar Games Co-Founder Dan Houser Leaves Company

Dan Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games and head writer on games like Bully, Red Dead Redemption, and Grand Theft Auto, is leaving Rockstar and Take-Two Games.According to Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser will be leaving the company on March 11, 2020. In a statement published ahead of the company’s Q3 2020 financial report, Take-Two said:

“We are extremely grateful for his contributions. Rockstar Games has built some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game worlds, a global community of passionate fans and an incredibly talented team, which remains focused on current and future projects.”

Houser already took an “extended break” that began in the spring of 2019 after the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 in November 2018.

Dan along with his brother Sam Houser were executives at BMG Interactive before it was acquired by Take-Two. The Houser brothers founded Rockstar Games under Take-Two in December 1998.

Houser is credited as a writer on most of the Grand Theft Auto games including Grand Theft Auto 2, 3, 4, and 5 as well as head writer on Bully, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and Red Dead Redemption 2.IGN has reached out to Rockstar Games for a statement.


Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.

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