The first GTA 6 trailer is coming in early December to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rockstar Games, but what date was the studio founded?

Due to its blockbuster Grand Theft Auto franchise and several other successful IPs, Rockstar is one of the most influential studios in history.

The company was founded by Dan and Sam Houser, Terry Donovan, Gary Foreman, and Jamie King in December 1998. However, the exact date isn’t so easy to find.

Rockstar has never publicly revealed the exact date of its creation; it has only given a broad time frame of ‘December 1998’.

Now, with confirmation of the GTA 6 trailer coinciding with its 25th anniversary next month, many eager fans are trying to figure out when exactly the studio was established.

Rockstar Anniversary Date

According to our findings, Rockstar Games was created on Tuesday, December 1, 1998.

Who.Is, a tool that provides information on domain registration, shows that rockstargames.com was registered on 1998-12-01.

Additionally, the earliest trademark we could find of Rockstar Games also shows 1998-12-01 as the date of first use.

Rockstar Games Domain Registration Date & Trademark First Use
Rockstar Games domain creation date and trademark first use

This means that Rockstar’s 25th anniversary will take place on Friday, December 1, 2023.

That being said, it’s also possible Rockstar considers the whole month to be its anniversary. Back in 2018, the studio celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special sale from December 10 until January 7.

This led many people to believe the company was founded on the 10th, but our research above suggests otherwise.

Update (December 1 at 9 AM ET): It turns out the trailer won’t be coming on the day of its anniversary, but Rockstar has now revealed when it will come.

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