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Rockstar vet Dan Houser sets up new company called Absurd Ventures in Games

Rockstar vet Dan Houser sets up new company called Absurd Ventures in Games

The former head writer of Rockstar Games Dan Houser appears to have set up another company.

As reported by Rockstar Mag – and spotted by ResetEra – paperwork to establish a new firm called Absurd Ventures in Games has been set up in the UK's Companies House, with Houser at the helm. His occupation is listed as a producer and creative director.

There's no real indication of what the company is actually going to do. The "ventures" in the name might be a reference to this being some kind of financial vehicle for Houser to invest in other games companies.

Houser left Rockstar in February 2020, causing a seven per cent dip in parent company Take-Two's stock price. Following this news, CEO Strauss Zelnick reassured investors, saying that Rockstar has "never been stronger".

"So Dan Houser had been on an extended leave since early spring 2019," Zelnick said.

"The company has been led since its founding by Sam Houser who is President of the company and it’s an extraordinary team effort and Sam is a great player and coach. The results of Rockstar Games continue to be extraordinary with the launch of the new content for both Grand Theft Auto Online and for Red Dead Online.

"So the label has really never been stronger where we are incredibly optimistic and excited. At the same time, we grateful to Dan for his contributions and we wish him well."

Houser helped co-found Rockstar Games back in 1998.


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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