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Atari

Atari is a third party video game developer, publisher, and distributor.

Overview

Atari is a video game developer, providing various types of games including mobile and online arcade games. The company was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and was an integral part of the development of arcade games, game consoles, and personal computer gaming. Iconic games from the company's history include Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. Atari is largely credited with developing the modern video game console industry, with the Atari VCS, later known as the Atari 2600, which was one of the first game consoles and one of the highest-selling consoles of all time.

History

Founded in 1972, the company was acquired by Warner Communications. By 1984, the company was split into two divisions: the Atari Consumer Electronics Division, with properties that were sold to Jack Tramiel, and the arcade division, Atari Games, which was retained by Warner. In 1998, Hasbro acquired all Atari Corporation related properties, to create a new subsidiary Hasbro Interactive.

In 2001, Infogrames Entertainment acquired Hasbro Interactive and renamed it Infogrames Interactive, which was renamed Atari Interactive in 2003, while Infogrames Inc, formerly GT Interactive, renamed itself to Atari, Inc. In 2009, after acquiring all the minority shares of Atari related properties, Infogrames Entertainment renames itself Atari, SA.

In 2013, the four subsidiaries of Atari, SA, being Atari, Inc, Atari Interactive, Humongous Entertainment, and California US Holdings, filed for bankruptcy. The listing of the shares of Atari, SA were further suspended on the Paris Stock Exchange, before former CEO Frédéric Chesnais becomes Atari, SA's largest shareholder through his holding company Ker Ventures, allowing Atari, SA to stay solvent, and allowing Atari to exit from Chapter 11 later that same year.

Timeline

July 5, 2021
Atari Gaming moving away from free-to-play and mobile games
June 3, 2021
Atari announces that its Atari VCS home video game console will launch in the U.S. on June 15.
September 30, 2019
Atari announces a partnership with Antstream Arcade to bring its collection of retro games to Atari's upcoming console.
July 2017
Atari announces plans to release a games console based on its Atari Video Computer System (VCS)/Atari 2600 back.

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Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Atari Gaming moving away from free-to-play and mobile games

Brendan Sinclair

Web

July 5, 2021

Atari VCS review: Atari's first console in 28 years is all style, no substance

Web

March 3, 2021

IGN Presents: the History of Atari - IGN

Keza MacDonald

Web

March 20, 2014

Inside Atari's rise and fall

Jamie Lendino

Web

June 21, 2018

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
July 28, 2021
The Indian Express
The new Atari crypto-casino is expected to be domiciled in Vegas city, a gaming city in Decentral Games' Metaverse, Decentraland.
USA TODAY
June 3, 2021
USA TODAY
The Atari VCS home video game console will launch on June 15 and provides free access to classic games like "Asteroids" and "Missile Command."
Keith Stuart
May 13, 2021
the Guardian
From the simplicity of Pong's two bats and a ball to Space Invaders' advancing ranks of aliens, the 70s saw the rise of a phenomenon that mesmerised the world
Ingrid Lunden
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Gaming and streamed video have been two of the biggest pastime winners during the last year+ of pandemic living. Today a startup that has created an app that brings those two entertainment formats together is announcing a notable seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta. PortalOne, a hybrid gaming [...]
Ingrid Lunden
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Gaming and streamed video have been two of the biggest pastime winners during the last year+ of pandemic living. Today a startup that has created an app that brings those two entertainment formats together is announcing a notable seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta. PortalOne, a hybrid gaming [...]
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