In a "really not that surprising given their relationship" move,
Take-Two Interactive has purchased Firaxis games (Civilization series,
Sid Meir's Pirates and several others). Firaxis and 2K Games had
already been working together on the marketing for Pirates
and Civilization IV
so this seems to be a natural consummation of that relationship.
New York, NY â€“
November 7, 2005 â€“ Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO)
today announced the acquisition of Firaxis GamesÂ, one of the worldâ€™s premier
game development studios. Firaxis Games joins the 2K Games publishing label of
Firaxis Games, home of industry icon Sid Meier,
is known for developing award-winning, top-rated games with mass consumer
appeal. Their popular gaming franchises include Sid Meierâ€™s
Pirates! and the blockbuster Civilization franchise.
Firaxis has a proven track record of best-selling products that will complement
2Kâ€™s expanding portfolio of high-quality titles.
founded and led by industry executive Jeff Briggs, and inspired by the genius of
Sid Meier, is among the most innovative and successful development studios in
the industry,â€ said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director of 2K Games. "The
Firaxis and 2K Games union is a strong fusion of creativity and vision that will
continue to result in the development of innovative games with mass appeal.
Weâ€™re excited to welcome Jeff, Sid and the entire Firaxis team to the 2K
â€œThis is a tremendous opportunity for Firaxis,â€ said Jeff
Briggs, Founder, President and CEO of Firaxis Games. â€œ2K Games is an energetic
label that shares our goals and vision for making great games that stand the
test of time. We are pleased to be associated with the energy and commitment to
quality work that 2K represents, and look forward to a great future together.â€
"2K Games has already been a tremendous partner to Firaxis in the
marketing and release of Sid Meierâ€™s Pirates! and
Sid Meierâ€™s Civilization IV. Weâ€™re excited about all
of the possibilities ahead of us as we work together to explore new ideas, new
products and new consumer markets,â€ said industry legend Sid Meier, Director of
Creative Development at Firaxis Games.