Rockstar has been without a Chief Operating Officer for some time now, but you can forget about sending in your resume: the position has been filled. Rockstar Gmaes has announced that Gary Dale will be the company's new COO; Dale was Capcom's European Managing Director since 2003.
It's kinda like Dale is coming home after an extended absence. He was President of the Interactive Software and Video Division of BMG Entertainment between 1994 and 1998, and therefore, was on board to see the launch of DMA Design's Grand Theft Auto . Of course, this was before Take-Two Interactive purchased BMG, and before DMA Design became Rockstar North.
"We are delighted to bring Gary back to Rockstar Games," said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "Based on our long history of working together, Gary has a deep understanding of our mission to create compelling games that will propel interactive entertainment to the center of the entertainment industry. The addition of Gary's expertise in marketing and publishing operations to our management team will play an important role in helping us to capitalize on the substantial opportunities we see ahead of us."
Clearly, the feeling is mutual.
"Having been involved in the formation of what later became Rockstar Games, I am now thrilled to become a member of the team at such an exciting time," stated Dale. "Rockstar Games has built an impressive portfolio of internal development resources and valuable franchises, and I look forward to helping Rockstar Games continue to define the interactive entertainment landscape in the next-generation era."
Okay, so now Rockstar is back to full-staff in terms of executive officers (we think), so let's get a move on with GTA IV!