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Rockstar Games Co-Founder Starts New Games Company

Dan Houser helped write Red Dead Redemption 2, along with many other Rockstar hits.
Dan Houser helped write Red Dead Redemption 2, along with many other Rockstar hits. / Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser has started a new company called Absurd Ventures in Games, according to incorporation documents filed in the UK last week and posted to a Grand Theft Auto forum. Houser, who left Rockstar in 2020, is listed as the company's producer, creative director and corporate director.

Absurd Ventures in Games' UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (SIC) code is 62011, which is a designation used for "computer games design" and "ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software development." The company has also been incorporated in Delaware since February 2021.

It's possible the company will be a capital investment firm rather than a developer itself, but for now specifics remain unknown.

Houser started Rockstar Games with his brother, Sam, in 1998. He was an instrumental part of the studio's success, serving as a writer on Bully, both Red Dead Redemption games, Max Payne 3, and nearly every Grand Theft Auto game Rockstar has made to date. He left Rockstar at the end of an extended break he took after launching Red Dead Redemption 2, but never provided a reason for the departure publicly. Sam Houser remains at Rockstar.