President of 2K Games Christoph Hartmann Mysteriously Steps Down

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Former president Christoph Hartmann

Former president of 2K Games Christoph Hartmann has stepped down. Here's what we know.

After more than a decade leading the popular game publisher, 2K Games president Christoph Hartmann has stepped down. Hartmann’s departure was confirmed in a statement by communications boss Alan Lewis for Take-Two Interactive, 2K’s parent company. David Ismailer has stepped in to fill Hartmann’s shoes, but the statement confirms that this change “will have no impact on 2K’s current pipeline of titles in development.”

The statement is as follows:

“We can confirm that there has been a management change at the leadership level of 2K. For more than a decade, Christoph Hartmann has helped 2K to become an industry leader and we are grateful for his contributions and wish him well on his future endeavors. This change in leadership will have no impact on 2K’s current pipeline of titles in development, and we look forward to this new chapter in the history of our label.”

But why?

There was no reason given for Hartmann’s departure, but 20 years is a long time to spend in the business and everyone deserves a bit of rest now and then.

2K’s recently published titles include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, XCOM 2, WWE 2K17 and Mafia III. The company has confirmed that the next entry in its long-running basketball franchise NBA 2K18 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. 2K also announced that 16 NBA teams are backing the city-based league for the game. 

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