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Take-Two Interactive Purchases Mad Doc Software

Take-Two Interactive Purchases Mad Doc Software

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Take-Two Interactive has acquired Mad Doc Software, the developer who worked on games such as Empire Earth II

Located in Andover, MA, Mad Doc Software was established in 1999 and most recently did the Xbox 360 port of Bully for Take-Two Interactive's Rockstar Games label.

Mad Doc will henceforth be rolled into the Rockstar Games umbrella and will be known as Rockstar New England.

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Starkiller
1470 EXP -
April 7, 2008 - 18:53 #

I read that Rockstar bought MadDoc Software directly, not the mother company Take Two. I'll look into it.

Starkiller
1470 EXP -
April 7, 2008 - 18:58 #

According to Wikipedia and this article, it was Rockstar itself who bought Mad Dog Software.

Kyle Ackerman
4992 EXP -
April 7, 2008 - 20:10 #

Take-Two sent out a press release saying that Rockstar purchased MadDoc, which is why you may have found those references. However, the distinction isn't meaningful. Rockstar is Take-Two Interactive. It's a label of the company. That means Take-Two Interactive bought it, and is calling it Rockstar New England.

If you are confused, go to Take-Two Interactive's Investor Relations or the Securities and Exchange Commission and take a good, hard look at Take-Two's corporate structure.

Starkiller
1470 EXP -
April 7, 2008 - 20:27 #

Well, thanks for clarification, I thought Rockstar had funds of their own.
So Blizzard can never again buy someone, because they are part of Vivendi?

Aren't there differences in how much control a parent company has over one of it's subsidiaries?

Kyle Ackerman
4992 EXP -
April 7, 2008 - 20:43 #

That's why you need to examine and understand the various forms of incorporation and ownership structures. As you say, there are very different forms of ownership and degrees of control.

Along those lines, your Blizzard vs. Rockstar comparison doesn't make sense because the two companies have very different relationships with their parent companies.