Former Rockstar North executive received $42M to develop his new game

According to The Telegraph, Studio Build a Rocket Boy of former Rockstar North head Lesley Benzis has received funding of 32m pounds (or $42m) to develop the game Everywhere. It is noted that one of the investors was the Chinese company Netease. Benzis left Rockstar North in early 2016 after a creative sabbatical.

He later sued the company, seeking $150m in deductions from sales of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar, in turn, filed a countersuit for breach of contract.

All claims and counterclaims were finally settled in February 2019. After firing Benzis founded a number of his own studios, including Royal Circus, which was later renamed Build a Rocket Boy.

Then the former head of Rockstar North announced his new game โ€” Everywhere. He was joined to work on the project by Matthew Smith and Colin Entwistle, who also worked at Rockstar North.

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