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Grand Theft Auto creator Dan Houser forms new company

‘Absurd Ventures in Games’ could be an investment arm, could be a studio

photo of Leslie Benzies and Dan Houser behind a podium at DICE 2014
Dan Houser (center) at the 2014 DICE Awards, where he was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame with Leslie Benzies (left), the former president of Rockstar North studio.
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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Dan Houser, the co-founder of Rockstar Games who left that studio/publisher in 2020, has begun a new company, according to incorporation documents filed in the United Kingdom a week ago.

The company is called Absurd Ventures in Games, and it was also chartered in Delaware under the same name in February. Houser is listed as the company’s producer and creative director, in addition to being its corporate director.

A member of GTA Forums, which first posted the documents, noted that its U.K. SIC (standard industrial classification of economic activities) code is 62011, which is for “computer games design,” and “ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software development.” But the company could also be a capital investment firm that takes a stake in other studios or backs other developers.

Houser, 47, started Rockstar Games with his brother, Sam, in 1998. The studio is best known for the Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption series, publishing nine best-selling games under their open-world, third-person adventure formats.

In February 2020, Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive announced that Dan Houser would leave his position as vice president of creative “following an extended break” he took about six months after Red Dead Redemption 2 launched. Sam Houser is still Rockstar Games’ president.