Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.

Overview

Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. was founded in 1987 as a Delaware corporation. Over the next 17 years, the company became a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer. The company's headquarters were located in Glen Cove, New York and their common stock publicly traded on the US Stock Exchange (NASDAQ symbol AKLM).

Through their subsidiaries in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia, the company distributed their software products directly to retailers and other outlets. They also utilized regional distributors in Japan and the Pacific Rim to distribute software within those geographic areas.

In addition, the company was the distributor for other publishers worldwide. A smaller portion of their business included publishing gaming strategy guides and issuing special edition comic magazines to support brands they owned, including Turok and Shadow Man.

The demise of the company began in 2003, when the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation into several video game companies, including Acclaim. Lawsuits were filed in March 2003 against the company in US District Court alleging "violations against the Securities Exchange Act of 1934". In June 2003, CEO Gregory Fischbach stepped down as chief executive and was replaced by President Rodney Cousens. The end of Acclaim came when they filed Chapter 7, Title 11 (United States Bankruptcy Code). All divisions and studios were closed and assets liquidated by the end of 2004. Legal battles were fought in various courts all the way into mid-2007.

However, the name Acclaim has not died. During the liquidation period in Sept. 2004, former Activision CEO Howard Marks purchased the Acclaim name and the logo for a reported USD $100,000. Then in 2006, he and Neil Malhotra created a new company naming it Acclaim Games with an entirely new focus: Massive Multiplayer Online Games.

List of Acclaim's companies, divisions/subsidiaries, and studios (probably incomplete):

Games

Showdown: Legends of Wrestling(2004)
Alias(2004)
All-Star Baseball 2005(2004)
Worms 3D(2004)
WCR: World Championship Rugby(2004)
Freestyle Street Soccer(2003)
Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo(2003)
XGRA: Extreme G Racing Association(2003)
NBA Jam(2003)
AFL Live 2004(2003)
Summer Heat Beach Volleyball(2003)
SX Superstar(2003)
All-Star Baseball 2004(2003)
Vexx(2003)
ATV: Quad Power Racing 2(2003)
Speed Kings(2003)
Dakar 2: The World's Ultimate Rally(2003)
Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance(2003)
Virtua Tennis 2(2002)
Legends of Wrestling II(2002)
Legends of Wrestling II(2002)
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 3(2002)
BMX XXX(2002)
Burnout 2: Point of Impact(2002)
Turok: Evolution(2002)
Turok: Evolution(2002)
AFL Live 2003(2002)
Aggressive Inline(2002)
ATV: Quad Power Racing(2002)
ZooCube(2002)
Aggressive Inline(2002)
Headhunter(2002)
All-Star Baseball 2003(2002)
MegaRace: MR3(2002)
Mary-Kate and Ashley: Girls Night Out(2002)
Shadow Man: 2econd Coming(2002)
Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future(2002)
All-Star Baseball 2003(2002)
Kick Off 2002(2002)
Legends of Wrestling(2001)
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2(2001)
Jeremy McGrath Supercross World(2001)
Eighteen Wheeler: American Pro Trucker(2001)
Burnout(2001)
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2(2001)
NFL QB Club 2002(2001)
XGIII: Extreme G Racing(2001)
Power Shovel(2001)
Crazy Taxi(2001)
Blast Lacrosse(2001)

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Trivia

The web site used to be at http://www.acclaim.com/

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