Take-Two Announces New 2K President, Acquires Kerbal Space Program
Take-Two Interactive Software has officially announced that it has appointed 2K COO and SVP of Publishing David Ismailer as the new president of 2K.
Previously an attorney at Morrison Cohen, David joined Take-Two in 2002 as its VP and Senior Counsel and then took the reins of COO and SVP of Publishing Operations at 2K when the label was formed in 2005. Since then he has overseen the label’s day-to-day operations and diversification.
Take-Two Chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a statement:
David is one of our most driven and dedicated leaders, who has a proven track record of success and an overwhelmingly profound sense of team. Since the formation of 2K, he has played an integral role in its evolution to become one of the industry’s premier labels that is renowned throughout the world for its portfolio of iconic franchises. We are confident that under David’s leadership, 2K will continue to flourish and reach exciting new heights for many years to come.
New 2K President David Ismailer also daid:
Having been at 2K since day one, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some of the most talented and committed professionals in our industry. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. My goal is to enable and empower our teams further, and to provide them with the opportunity to build upon our rich history of creating innovative and engaging entertainment experiences for audiences around the world.
Additionally, Take-Two also announced that it has acquired the critically-acclaimed indie space simulation game Kerbal Space Program. Released on the PS4 in North America in July 2016, Take-Two will be supporting the game’s developer Squad in keeping the console version up-to-date.
Take-Two SVP and Head of Corporate Development and Independent Publishing Michael Worosz said in the announcement:
We have been impressed with Kerbal Space Program since its launch, and we are committed to grow this unique experience while continuing to support its passionate community. We view Kerbal Space Program as a new, long-term franchise that adds a well-respected and beloved IP to Take-Two’s portfolio as we continue to explore opportunities across the independent development landscape.
Hopefully the acquisition of the Kerbal Space Program IP by Take-Two will help the developer bring more of the game’s content to the PS4 version of the game including the game’s upcoming Making History Expansion DLC which is launching for the PC version later this year.