Rockstar Leeds Founder Gordon Hall Dies at 51

Rockstar Leeds developed Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.
Rockstar Leeds developed Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. / Photo courtesy of Rockstar Games/Take-Two

Gordon Hall, the founder of the studio that eventually became Rockstar Leeds, has died. He was 51 years old.

Hall was largely based in Yorkshire, and news of his death made its way online as other developers in that area began discussing it on social media. No cause of death has yet been made public.

Hall founded Möbius Entertainment in 1997, where he kicked off his career producing Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games. The studio's Game Boy Advance Version of Max Payne impressed Rockstar Games enough for the larger company to acquire Möbius and rebrand it as Rockstar Leeds.

Hall remained a leader at Rockstar Leeds, working on handheld installments in flagship Rockstar franchises. He led Rockstar Leeds through development on both Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, then worked at Rockstar San Diego in 2009 to contribute to development on the Red Dead Redemption.

From 2011 to 2013, Hall took a sabbatical to research player psychology and microtransactions strategy. He returned to game development as chief creative officer for Activision Blizzard Mobile.

Hall is survived by his son James.