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2K Games is a global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games. 2K Games is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive, which also owns Rockstar Games notable for the Grand Theft Auto series. It was created on January 25, 2005 after Take-Two Interactive acquired developer Visual Concepts and its wholly owned subsidiary Kush Games from Sega for US$24 million.

The name "2K Games" comes from Visual Concepts' sports game line-up typically referred to as the 2K series, which were originally published exclusively for the Dreamcast. 2K Games is head-quartered in Novato, California, where the company has re-purposed and refurbished a set of old aircraft hangers to use as offices and promotional areas. The label publishes a wide variety of console and PC titles developed both internally and externally.

In 2014, 2K Games launched a new game studio, called Hangar 13.


For games published by Sega for Visual Concepts prior to its acquisition by Take-Two Interactive, see 2K Sports.

Game Release Format
Sid Meier's Pirates! 2005 Xbox
Amped 3 2005 Xbox 360
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth 2005 Microsoft Windows, Xbox
Sid Meier's Civilization IV 2005 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Close Combat: First to Fight 2005 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox
MLB 2K5: World Series Edition 2005 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Dungeon Siege II 2005 Microsoft Windows
Jade Empire 2005 Microsoft Windows
Motocross Mania 3 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox
Serious Sam II 2005 Microsoft Windows, Linux, Xbox
Vietcong 2 2005 Microsoft Windows
24: The Game 2006 PlayStation 2
CivCity: Rome 2006 Microsoft Windows
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Warlords 2006 Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Dungeon Siege II: Broken World 2006 Microsoft Windows
Dungeon Siege: Throne of Agony 2006 PlayStation Portable
Family Guy Video Game! 2006 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
Prey 2006 Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Mac OS X, Xbox 360
Sid Meier's Railroads! 2006 Microsoft Windows
Stronghold Legends 2006 Microsoft Windows
The Da Vinci Code 2006 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2006 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Sid Meier's Pirates! 2007 PlayStation Portable
BioShock 2007 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Carnival Games 2007 Nintendo DS, Wii
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword 2007 Microsoft Windows
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 Nintendo DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Ghost Rider 2007 PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, Xbox
The Darkness 2007 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles 2007 Xbox 360
Sid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization 2008 Microsoft Windows
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2008 iPhone, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Borderlands 2009 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
BioShock 2 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 3601
Mafia II 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 1
Spec Ops: The Line 2011 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360


Name Years active

(as a 2K studio)

Firaxis Games 2005–present Acquired on November 7, 2005.
Irrational Games 2006–present Previously known as 2K Boston/Australia of BioShock fame.
2K Play 2007–present Dedicated to casual gaming.
2K Marin 2007–present A new studio consisting of some former employees from Irrational Games. They ported BioShock to the PlayStation 3 and also developed BioShock 2 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Venom Games 2004 - July 2008 Created Don King Presents: Prizefighter.
2K China 2006–present Most commonly known as 2K China.
2K Czech 2008–present Previously known as Illusion Softworks of Mafia fame.
Frog City Software 2005–2006 Quietly closed around late 2005 to early 2006.
Indie Built 2004–2006 Previously owned by Microsoft. Closed on April 28, 2006.
PopTop Software 1993–2006 Was consolidated into Firaxis Games.


Name Location Purpose Notes
2K Marin Novato, CA Development
2K Australia Canberra, ACT Development
2K West Northridge, CA QA
Headquarters New York, NY HQ

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