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PopTop Software, Inc. was an American video game developer based in Fenton, Missouri. The company was founded by video game programmer and designer Phil Steinmeyer in 1993.[1] On July 24, 2000, Take-Two Interactive announced that they had acquired PopTop Software.[2][3] The deal saw a transaction of 559,100 shares in Take-Two Interactive, valued at an estimated US$5.8 million.[4] On January 25, 2005, Take-Two Interactive announced the opening of publishing label 2K Games, which would henceforth manage their development studios, including PopTop Software.[5]

PopTop Software, Inc.
Industry Video game industry
Fate Merged into Firaxis Games
Founded 1993; 25 years ago (1993)
Founder Phil Steinmeyer
Defunct March 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)
Headquarters Fenton, Missouri, U.S.
Key people
Franz Felsl (creative director)

Steinmeyer left PopTop Software in late 2004 and founded New Crayon Games in May 2005, which developed Bonnie's Bookstore.[6] On March 7, 2006, it was announced that all of PopTop Software's operations had been merged into Firaxis Games, another 2K Games studio.[7]

Games developedEdit

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
1998 Railroad Tycoon II Classic Mac OS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Gathering of Developers, Take-Two Interactive
2001 Tropico Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Gathering of Developers
2003 Railroad Tycoon 3 Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows Gathering of Developers
2005 Shattered Union Microsoft Windows, Xbox 2K Games


  1. ^ jdkmedia (May 4, 2012). "PopTop Software Announces Tropico". GameZone. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  2. ^ IGN Staff (July 24, 2000). "Take 2 Acquires PopTop". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  3. ^ Parker, Sam (July 24, 2000). "Take Two Acquires Pop Top". GameSpot. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Dan Lee (March 3, 2004). "The End Game: How Top Developers Sold Their Studios - Part One". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  5. ^ Jenkins, David (January 25, 2005). "Take-Two Acquires Visual Concepts, Announces 2K Games Brand". Gamasutra. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  6. ^ Steinmeyer, Phil. "About". New Crayon Games. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ Thorsen, Tor (March 7, 2006). "PopTop folded into Firaxis?". GameSpot. Retrieved February 3, 2018.