In 2007, Mike Wilson, Rick Stults, and Harry Miller formed the Gamecock Media Group. This video game publishing company was based out of Austin Texas and was founded on the idea that Gamecock Media didn't need to micromanage its developers.
Wilson, Stults, and Miller were no strangers to the video game industry. The three had previously worked together to create Gathering of Developers along with Doug Myres and Jim Bloom. G.O.D., as it was usually called, had the same hands-off approach that the three later brought to the company. However, in 2000, Take Two purchased G.O.D. The founders were not happy with the new management, and after Myres passed away, the three negotiated a release from Take Two.
Several years later, the three decided to form Gamecock Media Group to once again offer developers the chance to work without a lot of management. In addition to this approach, they offered to let all independent developers retain all rights to their intellectual property. This meant that the company didn't make as large a profit off material associated with each game, nor could they develop the property into a series themselves. However, it made more developers willing to work with them.
During its first year, the gaming company released two games: Fury, a competitive online role-playing game that focused on player-versus-player combat developed by Auran, and Dementium: The Ward, a first-person shooter developed by Renegade Kid
On October 14, 2008, Gamecock Media Group announced that the company had been purchased by SouthPeak Interactive. The company continued working with SouthPeak through the end of 2008, releasing games such as Legendary, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars, and Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball.
Unfortunately, SouthPeak was sued due to a breach of contract by developer CDV, and later, several development studios filed their own suits. SouthPeak's last published video game was Stronghold 3 in October of 2011. They last published a game in 2009 (Velvet Assassin for the PC and Xbox 360). Another game, Dungeon Hero by Firefly Studios, was in development but was later dropped after SouthPeak purchased the company.
Even though they no longer publishes games, a number of titles published by Gamecock Media Group are available on the Steam online gaming service. Gamecock Media Group also has a deal with GameTap to distribute some of its titles through their distribution service, including Legendary and Velvet Assassin.
The former is a stealth game set in WW2 and was inspired by the real-life secret agent Velvet Szabo. Players take on the role of Velvet Szabo and need to infiltrate enemy lines to defeat the German war machine. Without any support, Szabo needs to rely on her adaptability one stealth mission at a time. The combat systems make Velvet Assassin a groundbreaking gaming experience with an unrivalled realism that sets it apart from other games. Players can explore Velvet Assassin on many different gaming platforms, but for the best experience we recommend paying the game on Xbox.