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Rockstar's Lazlow Jones has left the company

Rockstar's Lazlow Jones has left the company

Long-time Grand Theft Auto writer Lazlow Jones has left Rockstar to start working on TV shows for Disney and Netflix.

As spotted by YouTuber GTAmen, Jones left Rockstar in April of this year after 19 years at the Grand Theft Auto studio, according to his LinkedIn profile. In addition to projects for Disney and Netflix, Jones is apparently consulting for an unnamed video games firm. In a post on Instagram last week, Jones wrote that he left due to his sister being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

"When the pandemic hit it made the situation radically difficult and even more onerous in caring for someone with cancer," Jones said.

"But it exposed and strengthened a lot of solidarity among friends, family and neighbours you used to barely speak to as people rallied to fight an unseen enemy, look after each other, and unite to get through an insanely stressful and challenging time.

"Journeys begin and end, and this one is nearing the end. Fortunately, I've had a lot of love and support from friends through this. Hopefully, you can reach out and be kind to a friend or stranger, as it makes all the difference in the world, as we don't know how long we'll be in it."

During his time at Rockstar, he worked as a writer, director and producer on a number of its blockbuster IP, including Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Bully and Max Payne.

He was also the co-chair of the studio's production department, handling audio and video content in Rockstar games. He brought in talent including Ricky Gervais, Phil Collins, Axl Rose, Cara Delevingne and Public Enemy's Chuck D to work on projects at the studio.

He's best known as the voice of the radio DJ Lazlow, who has appeared in the Grand Theft Auto series since 2001's Grand Theft Auto 3.

His departure in April of this year comes shortly after Rockstar parent Take-Two revealed that studio co-founder Dan Houser was leaving the company in February 2020. This came in the wake of an "extended break" that Houser had been on since spring 2019.

Take-Two chief Strauss Zelnick insisted that Rockstar had "never been stronger" following Houser's departure.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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