A scruffy white college geek turned impresario, he had somehow insinuated himself into hip hop culture, working with the biggest acts, injecting his own sound, and making millions on his own terms.“People like that inspire me so massively,” Sam Houser told me back in 2002.It seems the blokes forgot that in life, as in , there are repercussions for the choices you make.
But then, like Tony Montana face-down in a pile of blow, they hit the skids.
He’ll be sentenced in August, and his departure was emblematic of a company that has seen three CEOs and two CFOs leave since 2001.
For all the financial irregularities and management shuffles, though, a few lines of code written into one of Rockstar’s games would cause even bigger headaches.
The game has also been a lightning rod for controversy, and Take-Two has been under investigation for financial improprieties.
We're republishing a story that first appeared in the May 2007 issue of Wired* about the trouble that GTA-developer Rockstar Games and publisher Take-Two faced at the time.