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Dundee games studio sold to Rockstar Games



An independent video game studio has been snapped up by the developer behind the Grand Theft Auto series.

Ruffian Games, an independent studio based in Dundee, has now been acquired by Rockstar Games.

While the details of the deal have not been disclosed, Ruffian will now be rebranded as Rockstar Dundee.

Billy Thomson, co-founder of Ruffian, said: “We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team.

“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.”

Mr Thomson founded Ruffian Games with Gary Liddon in 2008. After partnering with Microsoft the studio worked on the popular Crackdown series. It also worked with 343 Industries on Halo: Reach and the Halo Master Chief Collection.

The 40-strong team has a wealth of experience, with some staff members working on early Rockstar games in the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series.

Both Mr Thomson and Mr Liddon will continue to work as co-studio directors of Rockstar Dundee.

Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games, said: “We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family.

“The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”



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