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Who Was Gordon Hall Creator of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars?

Gordon Hall, creator of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories has sadly passed away.

March 11, 2021

Gordan Hall, Rockstar Leeds founder, has passed away at the young age of 51.

The company was founded as Möbius Entertainment in the ’90s by Hall, Jason McGann, Dave Box and Ian J. Bowden who then went onto develop games for the Game Boy Advance that included the handheld version of Max Payne and A Sound of Thunder. Rockstar Games acquired the studio and rebranded it as Rockstar Leeds.

Who was Gordon Hall?

Hall worked on games that included Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars and since then, Rockstar Leeds went on to offer their help at other sections of Rockstar while working on titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2. According to Games Industry, Hall moved to Rockstar San Diego in 2009 but decided to take some time out between 2011 and 2013 to research the psychology behind microtransactions. He then came back as a chief creative officer at Activision Blizzard Mobile to spearhead mobile games development.

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Martyn Brown, business development at Five Aces Publishing and co-founder of Team17, stated in a quote for Games Industry that “Gordon was simply brilliant to be around, incredibly motivating and ever positive. His pursuit of excellence was staggering and he formed a great, trusting bond with those who chose to work (hard) alongside him.” Brown continues “As a close friend, he was truly inspirational and socially speaking a real energetic one-off who could endlessly entertain at the drop of a hat, holding everyone in the palm of his hand. Gordon will be very sadly missed.”

Hall’s hard work and commitment within the game’s industry will forever be acknowledged and appreciated. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Hall’s friends and family at this time. Hall is survived by his son James.

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