Atari Europe S.A.S.U.


Atari Europe S.A.S.U. is a majority owned subsidiary of the holding company Infogrames Entertainment SA with worldwide headquarters in Lyon, France. The company was founded in June 1983 as Infogrames by Bruno Bonnell and Christophe Sapet and was primarily known as a game developer during the late 1980's and 1990's. Their best-known games include the initial Alone in the Dark trilogy, as well as various games based on Franco-Belgian comics.

Together with the US headquarters Atari, Inc. (formerly Infogrames, Inc.) in New York, the European division is a global publisher and distributor of games for all major consoles and also computers, with many development studios under its wings. The company also has offices in France, United Kingdom, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, India, China, Australia, Japan.

Atari Europe produces and publishes interactive games for all platforms available in Europe and oversees distribution of the Atari catalog throughout Europe. In addition, as a result of significant publishing and distribution deals, Atari Europe also distributes titles of affiliate companies, including Sega, Bandai, and Square Soft, across the continent.

Atari Europe is organized to serve three primary regions: Northern Europe (United Kingdom and Scandinavian countries), Southern Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Israel), and Eastern Europe (Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland and countries of Eastern Europe). Australia and New Zealand are also considered part of Atari Europe's territory because both areas utilize the European PAL video standard.

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