Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
Rockstar North boss leaves Grand Theft Auto developer after 17 years

Leslie Benzies, head of the Edinburgh-based Rockstar North studio behind the development of the Grand Theft Auto series, has left Rockstar Games. Benzies had been on sabbatical for the past 17 months and decided not to work for the company anymore.

Alongside Rockstar co-founders Sam and Dan Houser, Benzies was instrumental in the development of the Grand Theft Auto series – which is still being developed from Edinburgh – and the like Red Dead Redemption, Manhunt 2, LA Noire and Max Payne 3.

Benzies’ contributions to the industry were recognized way back in 2014 when he was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame along with Dan and Sam Houser.

“We are deeply grateful for Leslie’s contributions to Rockstar over the past 15 years as we worked together to create great games,” Rockstar Games said in a statement. “Leslie has helped us build an incredible team that will continue to create great experiences for our fans. Leslie will always be a friend of the company and of course we will miss him, but we wish him all the best for the future.”

Benzies joined Rockstar in 1999, when the company was still known as DMA Design. He first worked as a programmer on the N64 game Silicon Valley space stationbefore focusing his efforts on the Grand Theft Auto and the groundbreaking GTA III. Rockstar North is now led by Rockstar veterans Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson.

By akfire1

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