As you may remember, back in January 2016 it was announced that Ex-Rockstar North (the developer behind the Grand Theft Auto series) President Leslie Benzies had left the aforementioned company. Then on April 12, 2016, news emerged that Benzies had started legal action against Rockstar Games and its parent company Take Two Interactive, suing the pair for $150 million in unpaid royalties.
All that being said, news has now surfaced, courtesy of The Scotsman, that the Ex-Rockstar North president has launched five new companies, including a new gaming development studio, as well as a company focused on VR.
As The Scotsman reports, Companies House records show Benzies has incorporated Royal Circus Games, Everywhere Game Limited, Starship Group, and more.
While it’s unclear what exactly all these companies are, we know that Royal Circus Games has applied to the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), revealing its intention to develop video games for consoles, PCs, and mobile devices.
Further, Royal Circus Games has already trademarked its first project, Time for a New World, as well as the associated hashtag #TFANW.
Other filings show that Benzies is venturing off beyond just making video games, with the launch of one of his new firms, titled VR-Chitect Limited. According to documents filed with the IPO (as well as with the United States Patent and Trademark Office), VR-Chitect will produce headsets, glasses, and software to “enable virtual reality viewing.”
Regarded as one of the most influential figures in gaming history, Leslie Benzies’ presence is a big boost for the industry across the board, but especially for the Scottish games’ industry, which is notably home to Rockstar North as well.