Ex-Rockstar president is now suing the company0 Comments
Do you remember when the news broke back in January that the president of Rockstar North, Leslie Benzies, had (apparently) spontaneously left the company? It was a huge surprise, especially considering how well the company's products continue to perform. Now news is coming out that suggests there was much more which led to this ultimate split between Benzies and the company he had worked with for more than fifteen years.
According to a statement from Benzies' legal team:
"While on sabbatical, Mr. Benzies discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company's royalty Allocation Committee."
These royalty payments add up to more than $150 million and is what Benzies hopes to gain from this lawsuit. This information also suggests that he never wanted to leave the company and was expressly forced out of Rockstar due to these "deceptions." It's quite a serious allegation — if it proves completely accurate. Of course, Rockstar have since come back with their own official comment on the situation.
Rockstar had this to say about Benzies' lawsuit:
“Leslie Benzies was a valued employee of our company for many years. Sadly, the events that culminated in his resignation ultimately stem from his significant performance and conduct issues. Despite our repeated efforts to address and resolve these issues amicably both before and after his departure, Leslie has chosen to take this route in an attempt to set aside contract terms to which he previously agreed on multiple occasions... His claims are entirely without merit and in many instances downright bizarre."
There are two very distinct sides to this story, and it will soon be up to the courts to determine what actually transpired which led to Benzies exiting Rockstar.