Gordon Hall: Rockstar Leeds founder died, including GTA and RDR works

Gordon Hall: Rockstar Leeds founder died, including GTA and RDR works

Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall (founder of Rockstar Leeds) has died at the age of 51, the causes of death are not disclosed. The news emerged thanks to a message Martyn Brown (co-founder of Team17) who wanted to remember his friend Gordon on social media.

Gordon Hall began his adventure in the world of video games in 1997 by founding Mobius Entertainment , a studio with which he developed and published many Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles, including the portable version of Max Payne. Thanks to the success of this production Rockstar bought Mobius giving life to Rockstar Leeds.

The label, under the guidance of Hall, gave life to Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories for PSP / PS2 and GTA Chinatown Wars for Nintendo DS. In 2009 he worked with Rockstar San Diego contributing to the development of Red Dead Redemption.

Gordon then takes a break from 2011 to 2013 to study the implementation of microtransactions and the psychological reaction of players in the face of in-app purchases, before returning as the CCO of Activision Blizzard Mobile.

Martyn Brown, founder of Five Aces Publishing and co-founder of Team 17, recalled his late friend: "Gordon was brilliant, motivated and always positive. He has worked to pursue excellence and has formed great bonds with his colleagues. As a friend, he has always been a source of inspiration to me. I will miss him so much. "

Rockstar Leeds Founder Gordon Hall Who Worked On Red Dead, LA Noire Dies At 51

Prominent game developer Gordon Hall--who founded the studio that would become Rockstar Leeds and would go on to work on Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and other major games--has died. He was 51.

GI.biz reported Hall's passing after news broke from members of the Yorkshire game development community, which is where Hall spent a lot of time.

Hall founded Mobius Entertainment in 1997, which worked on numerous Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles, including Max Payne. Take-Two Interactive acquired Mobius and re-named it Rockstar Leeds. At the studio, Hall worked on GTA: Liberty City Stories and GTA: Chinatown Wars, successfully bringing the GTA franchise to Nintendo's handheld console for the first time.

Hall later moved on to Rockstar San Diego to help with Red Dead Redemption. He took a sabbatical from 2011-2013 and then joined Activision Blizzard's Mobile division as its chief creative officer.

Hall was a founding member of Activision Mobile and a studio called The Blast Furnace, which was dedicated to creating mobile games based on Activision's franchises.

A cause of death was not announced. Hall is survived by his son, James.

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