2K Czech, s.r.o. (formerly Illusion Softworks, a.s.) was a Czech video game developer based in Brno. Founded as Illusion Softworks in 1997 by Petr Vochozka and Jan Kudera, the company was acquired by Take-Two Interactive in January 2008 and subsequently organised under the 2K Games label, becoming 2K Czech. The company was merged into Hangar 13 in 2017.
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Fate||Merged into Hangar 13|
Number of locations
|2 studios (2017)|
|Erik Gloersen (studio manager)|
Number of employees
|Parent||2K Games (2008–2017)|
Illusion Softworks was established in 1997 in Brno by Petr Vochozka and Jan Kudera. The company succeeded Vochozka's video game publisher, Vochozka Trading, through funding provided by Kudera's Cash Reform fund. In September 2007, several Illusions Softworks employees left the studio to found The Easy Company, which went on to produce MotorM4X (2008).
On 8 January 2008, Take-Two Interactive announced that they acquired Illusion Softworks for an undisclosed sum. As a result of the acquisition, Illusion Softworks became part of Take-Two Interactive's 2K Games label under the name 2K Czech. According to Take-Two Interactive's chief executive officer, Ben Feder, the agreement was made to expand the company's "strategic focus on owning high-value intellectual property". In July 2011, several people formerly of 2K Czech and Bohemia Interactive opened Warhorse Studios, which would produce Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018).
In September 2011, 40 staff members were laid off from the company's Brno studio, with another few personnel made redundant in its Prague studio. Both studios previously housed a total of 200 staff, wherefore around 25% of them had been cut in the layoffs. 2K Czech began hiring new staff by November 2012, and at the time had 188 employees. On 10 January 2014, 2K Games announced that 2K Czech's Prague office was to close, and that 10 staff as well as the development of Mafia III would be relocated to 2K Games' headquarters in Novato, California, with the most other staff moved to 2K Czech's remaining Brno studio. Of an unrevealed number of laid-off staff, some were later hired by Warhorse Studios. Mafia III was later shifted to 2K Games' new studio Hangar 13, with 2K Czech receiving a supporting role. In 2017, the studio was merged into Hangar 13.
|1998||Léto s Oskarem|
|1999||Hidden & Dangerous||Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows|
|2000||Flying Heroes||Microsoft Windows|
|2002||Mafia||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|Hidden & Dangerous 2|
|2004||Vietcong: Fist Alpha||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2005||Vietcong 2||Microsoft Windows|
|2010||Mafia II||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2011||Top Spin 4||PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360|
|2016||Mafia III||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
- Enemy in Sight (Microsoft Windows)
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