In the latest twist in the fate of GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive (NSDQ: TTWO), COO Gary Dale has resigned, per GamesIndustry.biz. VP of corporate communications Alan Lewis confirmed the news, noting that Dale’s day-to-day responsibilities would “cease immediately,” though he’ll still be on the books as COO until April 15. Lewis said Dale resigned for “personal reasons,” and that the company didn’t expect to replace him in the role any time soon; his responsibilities have “since been absorbed by other senior members” of the exec team.
Dale has had a long history with Take-Two and its powerhouse studio Rockstar Games: Take-Two acquired BMG Interactive, the multimedia and new technologies division of BMG Entertainment, in March 1998; Dale had served as BMG Interactive’s president of interactive software and video. He remained with Take-Two until 2003, when he left to work for Capcom; he came back in January 2007 to be COO of Rockstar. A series of promotions followed: he took the role of EVP at Take-Two in December 2007, and then the role of COO in August 2008.