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2K Games, Inc. is an American video game publisher based in Novato, California. The company and its 2K Sports division were founded in January 2005 by Christoph Hartmann, David Ismailer, Jason Argent and Greg Thomas, as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. 2K Games is Take-Two Interactive's second publishing label, after Rockstar Games, and houses all of Take-Two Interactive's development studios, apart from Social Point and the studios suborganized under Rockstar Games and Private Division.

2K Games, Inc.
Industry Video game industry
Founded January 25, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-01-25) in New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Christoph Hartmann
  • David Ismailer
  • Jason Argent
  • Greg Thomas
Headquarters Novato, California, U.S.
Key people
David Ismailer (President)
Parent Take-Two Interactive
Subsidiaries List of studios



On January 24, 2005, Take-Two Interactive acquired Visual Concepts and its Kush Games subsidiary, as well as the intellectual property of the 2K sports game series, from Sega for US$24 million.[1][2] The following day, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had established 2K Games, making use of the 2K trademark, for the new publishing label.[3] 2K Sports, a division dedicated to 2K Games' sports titles, was established alongside.[4] The new company would from then on manage Take-Two Interactive's development studios, Visual Concepts, Kush Games, Indie Built, Venom Games, PopTop Software and Frog City Software, which were split between 2K Games and 2K Sports depending on the developer's primary genre.[5]

In a five-alarm fire on January 21, 2006, the administrative and marketing portion of 2K Games' offices was heavily damaged.[6] On June 15, 2007, 2K Games announced that they had closed their offices in New York City and would move to a new location on the West Coast, namely Novato, California, together with 2K Sports.[7] On September 10, 2007, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had struck a partnership with Nickelodeon on publishing games based on their licenses.[8] As a result of the agreement, Take-Two Interactive opened 2K Play as a new division of 2K Games.[9] 2K Play would henceforth focus on family-friendly titles.[10]

On May 4, 2017, 2K Games co-founder and until-then President, Christoph Hartmann, announced that he had stepped down from his position.[11] Hartman previously worked for Take-Two Interactive for roughly 20 years, but did not state a reason for his departure.[12][13] 2K Games' chief operating officer, David Ismailer, succeeded Hartmann as President on May 31, 2017.[14][15]




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  13. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (May 4, 2017). "2K Games President Christoph Hartmann Leaves Company". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  14. ^ Kerr, Chris (May 31, 2017). "Take-Two appoints David Ismailer as president of 2K Games". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  15. ^ Handrahan, Matthew (May 31, 2017). "David Ismailer steps in as new 2K president". Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  16. ^ Curtis, Tom (1 November 2012). "Take-Two moving QA studio to Las Vegas". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b Pereira, Chris (February 23, 2017). "Former BioShock Studio Irrational Games Adopts A New Name". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  18. ^ Sarkar, Samit (April 15, 2015). "2K Australia is shutting down". Polygon. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  19. ^ Makuch, Eddie (November 6, 2015). "Borderlands Online Canceled, Developer Shuttered". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  20. ^ Thorsen, Tor (March 7, 2006). "PopTop folded into Firaxis?". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  21. ^ Guest Contributor (2 July 2008). "Venom Games to close?". MCV. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 

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