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Take-Two Interactive
1086px-Take-Two Interactive Logo.svg.png
Do not let them take your money at all.
Founded: September 30, 1993
Founder: Ryan Brant
Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
Key people: Strauss Zelnick (chairman and CEO)
Karl Straloff (president)
Lainie Goldstein (CFO)
Subsidiaries:
Private Division
Rockstar Games
Ghost Story Games
Social Point
Website: https://www.take2games.com


Take-Two Interactive is an American shareholder and publisher company based in New York City, and is the owner of 2K, Rockstar Games, and Private Division.

Why They Suck

  1. Like Electronic Arts, their 2K sports games are rife with microtransaction abuse; they also approached many studios just to milk their franchises and shut them down later down the line.
    • Even Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 couldn't escape from having pay-to-win online modes.
    • To put it in perspective the forty hours for Darth Vader in Star Wars: Battlefront was enough for lawsuits. To be able to unlock Dikembe Mutombo in NBA 2K you would need to make the game a sixteen hour a day job up until they turn off the servers, with GTA Online and Red Dead Online having similarly long and frustrating grinds.
    • Their microtransactions are nearly as bad as Gameloft’s games after Vivendi acquired the aforementioned company.
  2. They are firmly against modding in their games.
    • The most infamous example of this is when they killed the OpenIV modding tool used by Grand Theft Auto IV and V. Thankfully, Rockstar Games brought it back after widespread consumer backlash.
    • They threatened legal action against a modder of Red Dead Redemption called "GamingDamned". They even went as far as to find private information about the modder to call not only him but also multiple members of his family. During these calls, they gave no reason as to why they want his mods taken down, and were also very rude towards them.
      • Eventually, they filed a lawsuit against him for $500,000.
    • The main reason why they are against modding is probably because they are unhappy that some of the modders added online-exclusive content into offline mode instead of buying them, thus causing them to lose profit.
  3. They almost caused 3D Realms to go bankrupt, mainly because they wanted more cash but Take-Two denied it and decided to sell the Duke Nukem IP to Gearbox Software and then made them nearly lose a lot of money and suffer from lay-offs.
  4. They ruined the WWE series by making the games expensive and never dropping the prices for these games.
    • They've now completely destroyed the series with their bugged, glitched, and technically issued to oblivion disaster that is WWE 2K20, by splitting with Yuke's and accusing them of not making more than enough money as they were.
  5. After reluctantly removing paid loot boxes from NBA 2K18, Take-Two tried to convince consumers (which included children) to contact their local government and beg them to allow loot boxes.
  6. They were responsible for publishing the multiplayer shooter Evolve, which was infamous for its rampant DLC abuse, including (but not limited to) announcing pre-order bonus before any substantial gameplay was shown. Despite Turtle Rock's efforts to bring the game up to more acceptable standards by making it free-to-play, Take-Two pulled the plug on the game only a month after the fact.
  7. The company is highly capitalist, firmly believing that trying to obtain a game's rewards by pure gameplay is "under-monetizing" and "giving stuff away for free in perpetuity".
  8. Their method of abusing microtransactions is nauseating; they allow their games to have agonizingly slow progression systems to prey on players' impatience, all to encourage microtransactions purchases. Even worse is that the company's CEO now gets pay bonuses based on microtransactions targets. This gives T2 more excuse to pressurize players into spending money on these side payments and push even harder for them in future titles, which is a scary thought.
  9. Even worse than this, as pointed out by Jim Sterling, is their lust for child exploitation through the Microtransaction abuse and Gambling mechanics (like Loot Boxes), to the point they are attending seminars to learn how to get kids addicted to Gambling, which is not just unethical, but straight up ILLEGAL.
  10. They make all kinds of BS excuses for having such insidious monetization schemes by calling microtransactions "an unfortunate reality" and attempting to justify throttling progression as "giving players the choice to skip the grind".
    • It is worth pointing out that "giving players the choice to skip the grind" doesn't really wash when you consider that they're the ones who create such a grind in the first place. For example, in Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode, everything costs ridiculous amounts of money or Gold Bars, and the actual multiplayer matches have such meagre payouts, often requiring 10's or even 100's of hours of continuous play to get anywhere unless the player pays real money to skip it.
    • They even claimed that "all games have Virtual Currency of some kind", which is a big fat lie since a lot others don't. Marvel's Spider-Man being a perfect example of this by having a properly paced progression system in which skills are unlocked consistently, and the tokens needed to craft suits and gadget upgrades are easily obtained through gameplay, all without the option to pay real money to skip the process because the game doesn't need to do so.
  11. Strauss Zelnick, an extremely greedy Wall Street executive that became CEO of Take-Two following an investor takeover in 2007. He has even used the First Amendment to justify their atrocious microtransactions and loot box practices. This shows that they believe that exploiting consumers for profit is freedom of speech.
    • Unfortunately, his use of the first amendment to justify those practices managed to fall on deaf ears to the Belgian government, as they apologized and let Take-Two off by declaring them an exception to their anti-gambling laws which ban Loot Boxes.
    • He also cannot take the slightest form of criticism. His attitude to criticism has apparently filtered through to being Take-Two and their subsidiaries as well, with 2K going to the extent of not just banning the accounts of anyone providing critiques of the game but hacking their systems to remove any evidence of said issues with the game. That's right, actual criminal hacking.
  12. According to some sources, Take-Two sent goons to intimidate the Borderlands YouTuber SubMatto (who has a tendency to spread rumours and make speculations on unreleased content) and filed more than 100 false DMCA takedowns on his channel in an attempt to silence him for good. This resulted in #BoycottBorderlands3 trending on Twitter.
  13. And Speaking of #12, the voice actors of Borderlands 3 are now mocked fans who disagreed with Take-Two's decisions. They also mocked them for disagreeing with their views on what FL4K, one of the four playable characters, should be referred to as.
  14. They attempted a hostile takeover of Star Theory Games after Star Theory rejected a deal to move to a new studio called "Intercept Games". This caused Star Theory to shut down on March 4, 2020.
  15. They never give the companies they purchased any time to notify them of any delays/cancellations. Before making Star Theory shut down, they forcefully delayed Kerbel Space Program 2 to 2021 without their permission.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. Despite T2's excessive executive meddling, their subsidiaries Rockstar and 2K created some very good and well-received games, like Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead series from Rockstar, BioShock and Borderlands series from 2K.

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Comments


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TearingMeDown94

17 months ago
Score 5
But..When you taunt them (Game companies like Take-Two) or start challenging these guys, They get extremely angry..You can tell their blood pressure spikes through the roof in an fury as they plot of ways to take you down.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

15 months ago
Score 1
Take-two times the microtransactions.
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Mr. Tenno

15 months ago
Score 3
Fuck Strauss Zelnick. Really fuck him.
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ZephanieDimaranan

15 months ago
Score 1
Vivendi is as bad as Take Two Interactive, so does Vivendi also deserve an article for what they did to Gameloft
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HunterZolomon

12 months ago
Score 1
Damn them for suing the guy who modding rdr1 to pc then they should officially release it to pc.
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SpazJR61

9 months ago
Score 6

To be honest, Take Two is even worse than EA.

People call EA as the worst company but, Take Two is even worse than EA.
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 1
I don't really mind Electronic Arts. It's just that their practices are rather questionable.
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Maxkatzur

9 months ago
Score 2
Take Two is rogue. I wonder if three paradoxes would kill the studio, similar to GLaDOS attempting to kill Wheatley with paradox (which fails miserably).
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Maxkatzur

8 months ago
Score 4
I wish Take-Two was investigated. No police, but the FBI, FTC or CIA.
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SpazJR61

8 months ago
Score 5
Take Two is the one of the two companies that they're even worse than Electronic Arts.
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LA2002

7 months ago
Score 1
What's the other?
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Kringe

7 months ago
Score 1
Lemme guess, Tencent?
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BonkersTheToonyCat

7 months ago
Score 3
As a fellow New Yorker I am a shame of what's this horde of Money Hungry Idiots and destroying the reputation of our beloved company Rockstar
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DarkMatterMan4500

3 months ago
Score 0
They make Konami look like saints by comparison.
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Thedoomaster215

6 months ago
Score 1
I thought EA was bad.
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Maxkatzur

6 months ago
Score 1
So eventually, it will be caught, investigated, sued, eliminated.
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Grammar guy

6 months ago
Score 1
They'll take way more than $2 out of your pocket.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

5 months ago
Score 3

Take-Two Interactive, The ultimate abomination of videogame industry of ALL-TIME:

1. Quantity over quality.

2. Shovelware.

3. Unbelievable prices.

4. They always disrespect both gamers, developers, publishers and consumers.

5. They will never give a single mercy.

6. Drop prices of non-cosmetic items like Shark Cards or Gold Bars is never an option for this company.

7. They want milk more money until a videogame franchise is dead.

8. PAYWALLS ARE EVERYWHERE.

9. Banning/resetting/money-wiping people accounts (sometimes they also bought obnoxious microtransactions) FOR NO REASON.

This the results that i was talking about this madness.
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AgentLocke

4 months ago
Score 1
You know a company is bad really bad when a page about them has not a single redeeming qualitiy
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
Score 0
One is added now.
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Ara-ara~

4 months ago
Score 1
they said EA is the most greedy company of all time but take two is really worse than them combined
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Mr. Tenno

3 months ago
Score 2
Twat-Two, the most greediest game company of all time.
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Cheddarman

3 months ago
Score 1
What about Krusty Krab Studios
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DarkMatterMan4500

3 months ago
Score 0
Krusty Krab Studios?
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DarkMatterMan4500

3 months ago
Score 0
Also Cheddarman, that's not a real company.
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FANRIHEZE2012

3 months ago
Score 3
Bad News: Take-Two Interactive is currently acquiring Codemasters.
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Triggeredrepatillo

one month ago
Score 0
If we can't really do anything about it, how about we get our parents (unless if you are an adult) or the US government to file a lawsuit. if stupid Zelnick doesn't comply, just get him fired. you can make the usa make new amendments.
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Triggeredrepatillo

11 days ago
Score 0
they will take more than 2 from you!
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YouKonade

9 days ago
Score 0
I'd rather play shovelware games than buy any of T2 Interactive's. At least shovelware doesn't do corrupt business practices, anyway. Well, some of them, to say the least...
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LuigiMan050-5

9 days ago
Score 2
Why was this company founded in the first place? As a fuck-you message to the video game industry?
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DeciduousWater534

9 days ago
Score 3
I legitimately have no clue why this company is even a thing, the only thing they've done in their entire lifespan from what I can tell is just leech off of Rockstar Games and 2K.
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DoubleJumpMan

8 days ago
Score 3
I forgot about this company to be completely honest.
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SuperStreetKombat

8 days ago
Score 0
Who wouldn't have?

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