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Rockstar confirms Ruffian Games acquisition

Rockstar confirms Ruffian Games acquisition

Grand Theft Auto giant Rockstar has officially announced its acquisition of Scottish games studio Ruffian.

In a press release on its investor relations page, the publishing giant confirmed that the developer would be rebranded to Rockstar Dundee. No price has been put on the deal.

News that Ruffian had now become part of the Rockstar and Take-Two stable of studios broke earlier this week via filings made with the UK's Companies House.

“We are thrilled to have Ruffian join the Rockstar Games family,” Rockstar founder Sam Houser said.

“The Ruffian team are a talented addition to Rockstar’s global studios, and we look forward to working together on future projects.”

Ruffian co-founder Billy Thomson added: “We are incredibly excited to be joining the Rockstar team. Not only do we have the opportunity to work on some of the most successful entertainment properties in the world, but Rockstar’s investment in our studio is a great sign for the continued expansion of game development here in Scotland.”

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