GTA developer Rockstar acquires Dundee’s Ruffian

Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games announced it has acquired Dundee-based Ruffian Games, which will now operate under the new name of Rockstar Dundee.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“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.”

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 other projects.

Both Liddon and Thomson will remain on board as co-studio directors of Rockstar Dundee.

“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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