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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser Is Leaving The Company

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Dan Houser, who along with his brother Sam founded Rockstar and has been one of the most important figures in video games over the last 20 years, will be leaving the company next month.

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Having been on a break since 2019, news of his departure (his last day will be March 11) was made official today.

Publisher Take-Two issued a short statement as part of an SEC filing which read:

We are extremely grateful for his contributions. Rockstar Games has built some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game worlds, a global community of passionate fans and an incredibly talented team, which remains focused on current and future projects.

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Houser’s last role with the company was Vice President, Creative at Rockstar. His contributions to some of the biggest video games of the modern era have been immense, serving as lead writer on everything from Grand Theft Auto V to the Red Dead Redemption games.

Contacted for comment, a Rockstar representative tells Kotaku that “Sam Houser’s role with Rockstar Games, which he founded in 1998, remains unchanged.”

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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cmallen
C.M. Allen

Warning: irritated rant incoming.

...most important figures in video games...

Why do we feel the need to heap (or take) accolades for successful *GROUP* efforts for which the individual in question is only tangentially relevant? He started the company, yes, but the scale of his personal contributions to Rockstar’s success is no greater than the hundreds of nameless employees the company has had over the years. And yet, nobody lays the same accolades on them. Why is that? Why is Mister Vice President Man more deserving of praise than the small army of people who built his empire?

What is it with human behavior that makes idolatry so quick to manifest?