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For the developers of the Grand Theft Auto series, see Rockstar North.

Rockstar Games
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Rockstar Games, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in New York City, established in December 1998 as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. It is comprised of studios that have been acquired and renamed as well as others that have been created internally, including the Grand Theft Auto series' developer DMA Design (rebranded as Rockstar North). 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.

The Rockstar Games label was founded in 1998 by Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Dan Houser, Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Donovan, King, Foreman, and Dan Houser have since left the company, leaving Sam Houser as the the sole remaining co-founder in a leadership role.

The company is most known for publishing Rockstar North's Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series. Other popular franchises from different studios and published by Rockstar Games include Red Dead, Midnight Club, L.A. Noire and Max Payne.

Rockstar Studios[]

Current divisions[]

Logo Name Notes
Rockstar India Logo Rockstar India Based in Bengaluru, India. Incorporated on 1 March 2016. Works in conjunction with Technicolor India, a subsidiary of Technicolor SA.
Rockstar Leeds Logo 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 and the PC version of L.A. Noire as well as Max Payne for the Game Boy Advance and the music game Beaterator.
Rockstar Lincoln Rockstar Lincoln Based in Lincoln, England. Quality assurance and localization studio, formerly Tarantula Studios. As Tarantula studios, the studio ported the early Grand Theft Auto games.
Rockstar London Logo Rockstar London Based in London, England. Formed in November 2005. Took over as the main developer for Manhunt 2 after the game's original developer Rockstar Vienna closed in 2006. Also incorporates Rockstar International, with a focus on publishing and marketing.
Rockstar New England logo Rockstar New England Based in Andover, Massachusetts. Formerly Mad Doc Software. Incorporated in 2008, they are best known for their development on Empire Earth III and Bully.
Rockstar North Logo 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 Rockstar San Diego Based in Carlsbad, California, a suburb of San Diego. Previously known as Angel Studios, they developed the RAGE engine as well as Midtown Madness, Midnight Club, Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption, Test Drive Off Road: Wide Open as well as the newly released and critically acclaimed prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2.
Rockstar Toronto Logo 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, the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.
RockstarDundeeLogo Rockstar Dundee Based in Dundee, Scotland. Previously known as Ruffian Games, they are currently the newest addition to Rockstar Games' list of studios. They are best known for their development on Microsoft's Crackdown 2 and helping develop Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They have also previously worked with Rockstar North, though on currently unknown projects.
Rockstar Games Rockstar LA Based in Los Angeles, California. Previously known as Standard Deviation, a group of motion capture specialists.


Logo Name Notes
CFX-RE The team behind multiplayer modification projects for Rockstar Games titles, including Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2. Their partnership with Rockstar Games is focused on their FiveM and RedM platforms. [1]

Former divisions[]

Logo Name Notes
Rockstarjapan Rockstar Japan

Based in Tokyo, Japan. The studio was founded in 2003. Worked in conjunction with developer Capcom on Japanese localizations of numerous games by Rockstar. The studio has since been dissolved.

Rockstar Vancouver Logo Rockstar Vancouver Based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously known as Barking Dog Studios. They have released Bully. The studio closed in July 2012, where the remaining staff was transferred to Rockstar Toronto.
Rockstar Vienna Logo 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 as well the original developer for Manhunt 2.

Other Companies That Have Developed for Rockstar Games[]


Notable Games & Series[]

  • Grand Theft Auto (1997-present) (developed by Rockstar North)
  • Manhunt (2003-2007) (developed by Rockstar North)
  • The Warriors (2005) (developed by Rockstar Toronto)
  • Wild Metal (2004) (developed by Rockstar North)
  • Oni (2001) (developed by Bungie West)
  • Smuggler's Run (2000-2002) (developed by Rockstar San Diego)
  • Midnight Club (2000-present) (developed by Rockstar San Diego)
  • Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (2006) (developed by Rockstar San Diego)
  • Red Dead (2004-present) (developed by Rockstar San Diego)
  • Max Payne (2001-present) (developed by Remedy Entertainment)
  • L.A. Noire (2011) (developed by Team Bondi)
  • Bully (including 'Scholarship Edition') (2006; 2008) (developed by Rockstar Vancouver)

Developed Works[]

Video game titles developed by Rockstar Games-owned studios under the "Rockstar" label:

Published Works[]

Unreleased Works[]


Rockstar Games are credited as executive producers of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' short prequel film "The Introduction", Sunday Driver and The Football Factory.



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.

Grand Theft Auto 2[]

Grand Theft Auto III[]

  • The logo appears on many billboards throughout Liberty City, particularly around the Liberty Memorial Coliseum and in Chinatown.
  • An advertisement in Bedford Point shows a coffee cup with the logo on it.
  • A male pedestrian in Portland can be seen wearing a blue cap with the Rockstar logo on it.
  • A female pedestrian that is commonly seen in Staunton Island wears a jacket that says "ROCK STAR" on the front.
  • On the inoperable helicopters in Francis International Airport.
  • 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.

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.
  • Rockstar constellation vc

    The Constellation in Vice City

    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.
  • Some towels on the beach bear the logo.
  • The Rockstar logo is tagged multiple times near the large outdoor sewers in Little Haiti.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas[]

  • Carl Johnson's suitcase in the first cutscene has a Rockstar Games sticker.
  • In the mission, OG Loc, OG Loc's suitcase has the logo on it.
  • 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.
  • Rockstar constellation san andreas

    The Rockstar logo near the Big Ear

    The Rockstar constellation returns from GTA Vice City.
  • The Rockstar logo can also be seen on the 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.
  • At Big Smoke's Crack House, there is a mat that says NOT WELCOME HERE ROCKSTAR NORTH, with the logo.

Grand Theft Auto Advance[]

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories[]


A Graffiti resembling the Rockstar logo

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

Grand Theft Auto IV[]

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars[]

  • The logo appears as a fridge magnet on the Mission Replay whiteboard, along with the Rockstar Leeds logo.

Grand Theft Auto Online[]

In Other Media[]


The logo on the fridge.


The logo on Malcolm's lockers.

  • In Malcolm in the Middle, in the episodes 'Hal's Friend' and 'Stupid Girl', the logo can be seen on the family's fridge.
    • It is seen again in the high school on the side of Malcolm's lockers.
  • In My Wife and Kids, in the episodes "Jr.'s Risky Business", the logo can be seen in the Junior's bedroom.


Evolution of Rockstar Games Logo Intro (1997 - 2018)

External Links[]



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