Rockstar North

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Rockstar North Limited
  • Acme Software (1984–1987)
  • DMA Design (1987–1997)
  • Pinco 900 Limited (1997)
  • DMA Design Limited (1997–2002)
  • Rockstar Studios Limited (2002)
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1984; 35 years ago (1984) in Dundee, Scotland
Key people
Number of employees
Increase 360+[1] (2013)

Rockstar North Limited (former DNA Design Limited) is a British video game developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The company was founded as Acme Software, in Dundee in 1984, by classmates David Jones, Russell Kay, Steve Hammond, and Mike Dailly, and was renamed DMA Design in 1987. During its early years, DMA Design was backed by its publisher Psygnosis, primarily focusing on Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64 games. During this time, they created successful shooters such as Menace, and Blood Money, but it soon turned to platform games after the release of Lemmings in 1991, which was an international success and led to several sequels and spin-offs. After developing Unirally for Nintendo, DMA Design was set to become one of their main second-party developers, but this partnership ended after Nintendo's disapproval of Body Harvest.

References[change | change source]

  1. French, Michael (4 October 2013). "Inside Rockstar North – Part 2: The Studio". Develop. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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