LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCKSTAR GAMES
Rockstar Games is a worldwide video game developer and publisher based in several different countries and cities. They’re owned by Take-Two Interactive following its purchase of British video game publisher BMG Interactive. The publishers are known for the Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, L.A. Noire, The Warriors, Bully, Manhunt, Midnight Club and Red Dead games as well the use of open-world, free-roaming settings in their games. The Rockstar Games label was founded in New York City in 1998 by British video game producers Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Terry Donovan, Jamie King and Gary Foreman.
The headquarters of Rockstar Games (which is known as Rockstar NYC) is located in Manhattan on Broadway in the SoHo neighbourhood, part of the Take-Two Interactive offices. This is where all the marketing, public relations and product development departments are found.
Find out more about each of the Rockstar Studios below.
The New York City office is the worldwide publishing headquarters and home to the marketing, public relations, and product development departments. With years of experience producing and releasing titles such as Grand Theft Auto, L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne, Midnight Club and many others, Rockstar Games is the ideal landing spot for any talented and qualified individual who is dedicated to working on some of the best games in the industry.
The team in New York City is comprised of hard working, self-motivated individuals whose talents are as diverse and eclectic as the city itself. Immersed in culture, music, performing arts, and all other forms of entertainment, the team brings a bit of New York into everything Rockstar creates.
Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, and surrounded by the diverse neighbourhoods of SoHo, L.E.S., Union Square, Nolita, Little Italy & Chinatown, Rockstar NYC features all the inspiration, convenience and drama that only New York City can provide. Centrally located and literally minutes away from all other parts of the city, they have quick access to world-renowned restaurants, endless beauty, and a wealth of New York City culture.
ROCKSTAR SAN DIEGO
Rockstar San Diego is the developer of the multi-million selling blockbuster Red Dead Redemption as well as other highly acclaimed hits such as the Midnight Club racing series, Red Dead Revolver, Table Tennis and the Smuggler’s Run series. RAGE, Rockstar’s central technology group, also resides in the San Diego studio and develops the engine used throughout Rockstar for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC titles. With a group of approximately 140 experienced game development professionals focused on creating groundbreaking technology and designing innovative console games, they are one of the largest developers in San Diego and look for people with passion and talent in equally high volume to join them on their journey as they work to define the future of gaming technology.
Located in the scenic beach town of Carlsbad, their state-of-the-art facilities are just twenty minutes north of downtown San Diego. In San Diego, you’ll find year-round warm weather and a high quality of life. The beaches of Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Del Mar are often voted as some of the best in the world.
Rockstar India (aka Rockstar Interactive India LLP) is one of the 10 current studios which are responsible for assisting with the development and Quality Assurance for various Rockstar Games titles. The studio was established in 2016 and is headed by Daniel Smith who is also the studio director and employs roughly 500 people. The studio was merged with Dhruva Interactive in May 2019 which was one of the first Indian game companies to be founded. Prior to Rockstar India being created, Rockstar Games had collaborated with Technicolor India which was the Bangalore-based studio of Technicolor SA where they worked on titles such as Red Dead Redemption, L.A Noire and Max Payne 3. In October 2012 the two studios announced the opening of the ‘Rockstar Dedicated Unit’ which was to size around 80-90 people who would work on purely just Rockstar Games titles.
Located in Bangalore which is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The city has a population of more than 8 million people and a metropolitan population of around 11 million, which makes it the third most popular city in India. Located in the south of India on the Deccan Plateau, at a height of over 900m above sea level, Bangalore is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year.
Part of the Rockstar family since 1999 and based out of modern, spacious, purpose-built studios in the heart of Edinburgh, Rockstar North develops original game titles and are proud to be the developer of the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto series. At Rockstar North, you’ll find a very proud team of hard-working creatives committed to pushing the boundaries of the medium.
Based in Scotland’s picturesque and historic capital city of Edinburgh, Rockstar North’s contemporary studio building is easily reached by bus, car or by train, with the city’s main rail station a brief five-minute walk away. Dominated by its 15th Century Castle, this culturally vibrant city of approximately 500,000 people is home yearly to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts celebration in the world. Along with a diverse collection of bars, clubs, plentiful shops, restaurants, and cafes on the studio’s doorstep, the city is surrounded by easily accessible open countryside, fantastic beaches and a wide range of sporting facilities.
Rockstar Dundee is one of the most recent studios to become a part of the Rockstar Games family. Formerly known as Ruffian Games, Rockstar Dundee is a British video game developer based in Dundee, Scotland. The company was founded in April 2008 by Gary Liddon, Billy Thomson, and Gareth Noyce. Thomson had been the lead designer for Crackdown and all three had worked at Xen Group, which provided technology for that game. Upon its establishment, Ruffian Games began work on Crackdown 2, which was released in 2010. The game did not sell enough to develop a third Crackdown game and the studio joined several co-development projects, including several Kinect games, to stay afloat. Game of Glens and Hollowpoint were cancelled, while a Streets of Rage remake was unsuccessfully pitched. After working with Rockstar Games since at least October 2019, Ruffian Games was acquired by the publisher’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in October 2020 and became part of Rockstar Games as Rockstar Dundee.
Having joined the Rockstar family in 1999, the Rockstar Toronto team has worked on several high profile titles over the years including the critically-acclaimed 2005 video game adaptation of the cult classic film The Warriors, as well as such Rockstar classics as Grand Theft Auto: London 1969, Oni, Max Payne and more.
Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is the largest city and financial capital of Canada. It is also a cultural centre, famous for its annual film festival, theatre, and performing arts. Just a stone’s throw from Niagara Falls, Toronto is home to the world famous hockey institution known as the Toronto Maple Leafs, Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, as well as a number of amazing sites such as the Casa Loma, the 98 room castle on the outskirts of the city and Ontario Pace, a theme park right on the shore of Lake Ontario.
Rockstar Lincoln is the UK-based dedicated Quality Assurance and Localization studio, where all the efforts are focused on assuring the integrity of all Rockstar titles, specifically in the main European languages of English, German, French, Italian and Spanish as well as other foreign languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Polish and Russian. In addition to being a world-class QA studio of dedicated professionals, Rockstar Lincoln also has a lively and friendly atmosphere where it’s not uncommon for the team to partake in a bit of paintballing, karting, and rousing nights out.
Located in the East Midlands of England, Lincoln is a historic city surrounded by English countryside and farmland. The crisp rural setting has a great small-town feel with a population of around 85,000. The major cities of Leeds, Sheffield and Nottingham are each only about an hour away. Lincoln has a growing university culture with a substantial population of students, which has helped to foster the cultural changes that have been apparent throughout the city over the last ten years, with a steady growth in nightlife and other leisure and entertainment activities. The relatively low cost of living and plentiful housing makes Lincoln an affordable and attractive location.
Founded in 1997, Rockstar Leeds joined the Rockstar family in 2004. Most recently the studio has contributed significantly to the development of L.A. Noire and Grand Theft Auto V. They are also the studio responsible for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the PSP and PS2, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on Nintendo DS/PSP/iPhone/iPad. Additionally, Rockstar Leeds has developed an acclaimed catalogue of handheld titles including Midnight Club 3, The Warriors, Beaterator and Max Payne.
Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. It has excellent road, rail and air links for commuters and residents. Daytime Leeds is vibrant with a plethora of fantastic shops, cafes, museums and galleries. The nightlife is equally attractive with contemporary bars, restaurants, theatres and clubs. Accommodation options are varied and abundant with a wide variety of options for young singles and families alike.
Established in 2005, Rockstar London is a talented group of skilled professionals who are focused on developing great games. The developers behind titles like Manhunt 2, Midnight Club L.A. Remix, and most recently Max Payne 3, the studio has been growing around a group of like-minded, passionate, and committed people who are dedicated to making the best games possible. The studio is located in Chelsea, where they share a home with the European publishing headquarters of Rockstar Games.
Rockstar London is centrally located at the end of the legendary King’s Road in Chelsea. The area is one of London’s finest for shopping and entertainment – highly regarded for its diverse range of wine bars, pubs, and top restaurants. The London studio is nearby excellent transport links for the London Underground, Overground and the bus network, a stone’s throw away from the Thames River and the historic Chelsea Embankment.
ROCKSTAR NEW ENGLAND
Rockstar New England is a close team of industry veterans experienced in every aspect of game development, and passionate about the quality of the games they make. Members of the studio work in a range of disciplines spanning art, design, animation, and all facets of game engineering. They have made integral contributions to projects such as Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and more. They’re eager to hear from programmers, artists, animators, and scripters who want to push the boundaries of gaming.
Their state-of-the-art studio is located twenty minutes north of Boston, an hour’s drive from mountains, skiiing, the ocean, and close to the city’s night life. The studio’s location affords incredible flexibility for lifestyle – being close to rural countryside, quiet suburbs, and Boston itself – all with great options for a low-stress commute. Most importantly, here in the heart of New England they have four breathtaking seasons: Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics.
RAGE TECHNOLOGY GROUP
Part of the Rockstar San Diego studio, the RAGE team is Rockstar’s central technology group. The team develops and supports the engine libraries and tools for graphics, physics, animation, networking, AI, character behaviors, core systems and other technologies that are used across Rockstar for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC titles. The RAGE engine drives games such as Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV and Midnight Club: Los Angeles, as well as Max Payne 3. They’re making a new suite of game creation tools and the engine to make them shine – as they strive to create something meaningful, technically advanced, game-centric and above all, cool. They want people with passion and talent in equally high volume to join them on their journey as they work to define the future of gaming technology. Got the chops to solve complex problems? Want to be surrounded by peers who you respect and trust? Ready to push yourself and others to new heights? If so, come and join one of the most talented and committed engine teams in the industry.
Located in the scenic beach town of Carlsbad, they share their home with the pioneering minds of Rockstar San Diego. Their state-of-the-art facilities are just twenty minutes north of downtown San Diego. Rockstar San Diego offers year-round warm weather and a high quality of life. Their local beaches of Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Del Mar are often voted as some of the best beaches in the world.
Current Studios of Rockstar Games:
|Logo||Name||Location||Years as Rockstar division||Info|
|RAGE Technology Group||
|2006 – Present||The RAGE team is Rockstar’s central technology group. The team develops and supports the engine libraries and tools for graphics, physics, animation, networking, AI, character behaviours, core systems and other technologies that are used across Rockstar for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC titles|
|Leeds, England||2004 – Present||Previously known as Mobius Entertainment. Creators of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the PlayStation Portable and the music game Beaterator. Rockstar Leeds’ most recent work is the Windows version of L.A Noire.|
|Lincoln, England||1999 – Present||Quality assurance and localisation, previously known as Tarantula Studios.|
|Rockstar London||London, England||2005 – Present||Rockstar London took over the development of Manhunt 2 after Rockstar Vienna closed and merged with Rockstar Toronto. They developed the portable adaptation of Midnight Club: Los Angeles and Midnight Club LA Remix.|
|Rockstar New England||Andover, Massachusetts||2008 – Present||Founded on April 4, 2008. The studio was previously known as Mad Doc Software. They developed the Wii, Xbox 360, and PC ports of Bully.
|Edinburgh, Scotland||1999 – Present||Founded in 1988 as DMA Design, they’re one of the longest running studios in Rockstar Games. Rockstar North are famous for the Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt franchises. Their most recent work to date is Grand Theft Auto V.|
|Rockstar San Diego||Carlsbad, California||2003 – Present||Previously known as Angel Studios, they developed the RAGE engine, Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption, the Smuggler’s Run series, the first two Midtown Madness games and the Midnight Club series.|
|Rockstar Toronto||Oakville, Ontario||1999 – Present||Originally Rockstar Canada, their most well-known work is The Warriors. They’ve also done the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City.|
|Rockstar Dundee||Dundee, Scotland||2020 – Present||Previously known as Ruffian Games Limited. The studio has been working with Rockstar Games on unannounced titles and was acquired in October 2020 by Rockstar Games.|
|Rockstar India||Bangalore, South India||2016 – Present||Founded in 2016 and aka Rockstar Interactive India LLP, the studio is made up of approximately 500 developers and heavily responsible for Quality Assurance & Release Management, as well as the development support on major Rockstar Games titles.|
|Logo||Name||Location||Years as Rockstar division||Info|
|Rockstar Vancouver||Vancouver, British Columbia||2002–2012||Previously known as Barking Dog Studios, they created the PlayStation 2 title Bully and the third game in the Max Payne series, Max Payne 3. Rockstar Vancouver closed down to merge with Rockstar Toronto in 2012.
|Rockstar Vienna||Vienna, Austria||2003–2006||Previously known as Neo Software, Rockstar Vienna closed on May 11, 2006. They ported the Max Payne series to consoles and created some of Manhunt 2 before being closed down.|
Want to be a part of a tight-knit team responsible for creating and publishing some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed games in the world including such videogame franchises as Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Red Dead and much more?
At Rockstar Games, they focus intently on quality and content to proudly produce exactly the kind of games they would want to play themselves.
A career at Rockstar Games is about passion and commitment, to the projects and to each other, all the while working on some of the most creatively rewarding and challenging projects to be found in any entertainment medium with some of the most talented people in the industry.
They offer successful candidates a highly competitive salary and compensation package including a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time hires. Rockstar Games is an equal opportunity employer.
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