You might have heard of a little known game series called Grand Theft Auto, which is made by Edinburgh-based Rockstar North and has had some moderate success over the last two decades. Today, it’s been revealed that Leslie Benzies, who was president of Rockstar North, has decided to leave the company after a long sabbatical.
While the Houser brothers after the better known names at the rather secretive developer, Leslie has been a very influential figure within the company, acting as producer on all of the Grand Theft Auto titles since GTA III.
In a statement to Kotaku, Rockstar said:
We can confirm that Leslie Benzies went on sabbatical on September 1, 2014 and has decided not to return to work for the company. We are very grateful for Leslie’s contributions to Rockstar over the last 15 years as we worked together to make some amazing games.
Leslie helped us build an incredible team that will continue to create great experiences for our fans. Leslie will always be a friend to the company and of course we are going to miss him but we wish him the absolute best for the future.
He’s succeeded at the head of Rockstar North by Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson, who were both credited as art directors on previous titles.