0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAbdulBasit Saliu Mechanic, Flowmotion Entertainment Inc2 years ago 50-60 million copies lifetime number. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAbdulBasit Saliu Mechanic, Flowmotion Entertainment Inc2 years ago Rockstar Games is the most loved name in gaming similar to Disney-owned Marvel or Pixar in Hollywood. Great one, well deserved. Take-Two could even spin it off into a publicly traded company years from now -already owned it for 20 years-. Analyst expects Houser brothers to receive huge Red Dead royaltiesUPDATE: Take-Two clarifies that last year’s royalties of $383m shared across all studiosJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefFriday 26th October 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRockstarRockstar GamesUpdate: Take-Two has since clarified reports that Rockstar will receive $538 million in royalties with the majority going to the Houser brothers.That figure is actually for across all of Take-Two’s labels. And a company spokesman denied that the Housers will take a majority of the internal Rockstar royalties as speculated by analysts.Chairman and CEO, Strauss Zelnick then added in a statement: “We have a profit-sharing arrangement with Rockstar Games. Thousands of team members benefit from the profits generated by the games that they create. I am incredibly proud of the entire team at Rockstar Games, and Red Dead Redemption II is a masterpiece.”Original Story: Sam and Dan Houser are due a massive windfall by the end of the year, thanks to today’s release of Red Dead Redemption 2.Bloomberg reports that analyst Gerrick Johnson from BMO Capital Markets estimates Take-Two’s royalties will reach $538 million in 2018 following the Wild West epic’s launch, plus the ongoing success of Grand Theft Auto V.Last year, Take-Two issued $383 million to its labels, including to Rockstar’s more than 2,000 employees, according to a company spokesman.While the firm did not say how much the Housers received, Johnson estimated the two brothers will have received the majority – and expects them to do so again this year.Bloomberg reports a lawsuit filed by a former employee – likely former GTA lead Leslie Benzies – alleges the Housers and ‘a few key insiders’ share half the profits Rockstar receives. Benzies is actually suing Rockstar for $150 million after allegedly being forced out of this royalty pool, but suffered a setback in his case earlier this year.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Analysts expect Red Dead Redemption 2 to sell more than 15 million copies worldwide by the end of the year. However, the run-up to launch has been mired by controversy over working conditions behind-the-scenes.Dan Houser’s claims that select staff were working 100-hour weeks kicked off a massive debate about the firm’s practices, with numerous former staff saying the amount of overtime expected created a culture of fear. Rockstar disputes these claims, insisting that overtime is not mandatory.FURTHER UPDATE: We originally reported Take-Two issued $383 million in ‘internal royalties’ to Rockstar Games. The publisher has contacted GamesIndustry.biz to clarify that this was spread across all its labels, and we have amended the paragraph above. Take-Two declined to comment further.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTake-Two reportedly takes down reverse-engineered GTA3, Vice City source codeGitHub project blocked by DMCA, although project creator unable to rule out trollsBy James Batchelor 2 months agoRed Dead Online gets a stand-alone releaseRockstar selling the Red Dead Redemption 2 online mode as its own product on Xbox One, PS4, and PC starting December 1By Brendan Sinclair 5 months agoLatest comments (3)Ross Erickson Sr. Product Manager, Aristocrat Technologies2 years ago Hurray for them. Yay – they started a successful company and success product line. And now they’re making bank…What’s your point with this article? 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.