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This was followed by Ripper (1996), of which budget was used to hire actors such as Christopher Walken, Karen Allen, and Burgess Meredith.The success of both these games, as well as earlier titles, led to a publishing agreement between Take-Two and Acclaim Entertainment to publish Take-Two's titles, as well as obtaining overseas distribution.The company also owns 50% of professional esports organization NBA 2K League.Take-Two Interactive was founded on September 30, 1993, by Ryan Brant, the son of Interview co-owner Peter Brant. is an American video game holding company based in New York City.The company owns two major publishing labels, Rockstar Games and 2K, which operate internal game development studios.This decision led Sega to abandon the sports-game market.
Brant ultimately resigned from the company in October 2006, following a four-month disability leave due to a bad back.A day after announcing these acquisitions, Take-Two established their 2K publishing label to maintain the 2K brand, moving several planned games from their budget software label, Global Star, to 2K. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had begun examining Take-Two's business records, based on complaints filed from 2001 that Take-Two's earnings did not seem to match figures of game sales reported by NPD Group.