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More than 100 made redundant as Rockstar Vienna closes

GamesIndustry.biz has learned that Take-Two Interactive has shut down Rockstar Vienna, the studio best known for producing Xbox versions of the Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto games.

GamesIndustry.biz has learned that Take-Two Interactive has shut down Rockstar Vienna, the studio best known for producing Xbox versions of the Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto games.

A former member of staff, who wished to remain anonymous, told GI.biz that the studio was closed yesterday morning, leaving more than 100 employees out of a job.

The closure has also been reported by Rockstar Vienna designer Jurie Horneman in a blog post.

"This morning, as I came into work, I was greeted by security guards," Horneman wrote.

"It turned out Take-Two has closed their Rockstar Vienna office, effectively immediately, 'due to the challenging environment facing the videogame business and our company during this platform transition.'"

Rockstar did not respond to requests for comment, while Take-Two was unavailable to confirm or deny the reports. The Rockstar Vienna website, which was up and running yesterday, appears to have been shut down.

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