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DMA Design becomes Rockstar Studios

  Rockstar Games announced today that DMA Design's name will be officially changed to Rockstar Studios. DMA Design were the developers of the best-selling title, Grand Theft Auto 3, and were acquired by Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive. The company has been part of Rockstar Games since September 1999, and will now be taking a very promising name change.

   "We are delighted to align ourselves more closely in name with our publishing arm, Rockstar Games," said Andrew Semple, Studio Director of Rockstar Studios. "The traditional lines that exist between publisher and developer do not exist between us. Our teams possess a very complimentary and symbiotic relationship."

   Development Director, Leslie Benzies, stated, "Grand Theft Auto 3 is true validation of this relationship working to its fullest potential and aligning ourselves in this manner shows our commitment to continue to work in this fashion."

   "This name change serves as the final integration of our product development teams in New York and Scotland," stated Sam Houser, President of Rockstar Games. "The team in Scotland is made up of unique and truly talented individuals and it is a real pleasure to be able to formalize our close working relationship. The fact that Grand Theft Auto 3 has become the biggest selling PlayStation 2 title ever in major markets like Germany, the UK and the United States is a triumph and testament to the team in Scotland led by Les Benzies and the way we work together with completely open lines of creative communication and mutual respect."

3/19/2002   Matt Stensrud