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Atari, Inc.

Overview

Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) is a wholly-owned (formerly majority-owned) subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A and encompasses its North American operations. Headquartered in New York City, Atari, Inc. employs approximately 150 employees across the U.S. Currently one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the United States., Atari, Inc. develops, publishes and distributes games for all available platforms. Infogrames Entertainment once the majority shareholder in Atari, Inc, announced at the end of April 2008 to fully reacquire the company and bring to a closure a period of financial underperformance and making the Atari Group whole again.

Publishing
Atari's publishing business was created out of two primary publishing studios (Santa Monica, California and Beverly, Massachusetts) which focused on the company's core strengths: kids/family games, action/adventure games, retro arcade games and racing titles. With its emphasis on producing interactive entertainment for a mass entertainment audience, the company publishes games at a variety of price points, ranging from value-priced titles to premium-priced products. As of 2008, the company re-organized switching to handle core publishing out of New York, with satellite offices in Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington.

The Company's catalog of products comprises the following franchises: Alone in the Dark, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter, Driver, Freddi Fish, Monopoly, Pajama Sam, Putt Putt, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Spy Fox, Test Drive, TONKA and V-Rally among others. Atari also formerly owned the Civilization series of games (sold in 2005) and and helped create the Unreal franchise (also sold in 2005). In addition, the Company has forged significant relationships with many of the entertainment industry's leading film and television studios and by doing so, has amassed a list of licenses that features some of the world's most popular entertainment properties, including: BeyBlade, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jeopardy, Warner Bros.' The Matrix, Warner. Bros.' Looney Tunes, Men In Black, Mission: Impossible, Terminator, Nicktoons, Wheel of Fortune, World of Outlaws and Yu Yu Hakusho, among others. Atari, Inc. divides its development efforts between internal Infogrames' studio Eden Games, and external development studios.

Active acquired development studiosFormer acquired development studiosFormer acquired distribution/publishing companiesDistribution
In North America, Atari's distribution organization encompasses more than 22,000 outlets, ranging from mass merchants and superstores to specialty stores, office superstores and wholesale clubs, as well as online retailers. Because of this network Atari, Inc is one of the leading distribution companies for both game and non-game software in the U.S. In addition to distributing titles developed and acquired by Atari and third party vendors like Her Interactive and LucasArts, this network also handles the distribution for Atari, Inc.'s affiliate labels, which include such companies as Strategy First, Xicat, and Codemasters.

Overview

GT INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE CORP. CORPORATE FACT SHEET/1997

Summary: Headquartered in New York, with offices in Paris, London, Hamburg, Sydney, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Minneapolis, GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS) is a leading global publisher of entertainment, edutainment and value-priced software for IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers as well as the game systems from Sony, Nintendo and Sega.

Founded in 1993, the company formally made its initial offering to the public in 1995. GT Interactive published its first product, Wolfenstein 3-D, in 1993, and has since released some of the world's most popular entertainment software, securing the number two market share in games and number one market share in value-priced software for the first quarter of this year, according to PC Data. In addition, this year GT Interactive launched a new internal entertainment software studio, Cavedog Entertainment, whose first title, Total Annihilation, will debut this fall. The company has also invested in, acquired and formed alliances with the industry's most dynamic and creative software developers, including Oddworld Inhabitants, designers of Abe's Oddysee; Apogee/3D Realms, creators of the best- selling PC game, Duke Nukem 3D; Epic MegaGames, developer of Unreal, a ground-breaking MMX 3-D action game; id Software, creators of industry best- seller QUAKE; Midway Games, the home entertainment division of arcade giant WMS Industries (Mortal Kombat Trilogy, NHL Open Ice, War Gods); and children's author Mercer Mayer, creator of award-winning children's properties Little Critter, Little Monster and Just Me and My Mom.

GT Interactive internally develops software for the children's market via its subsidiary, Humongous Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of award-winning children's software featuring original characters Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish and Putt-Putt. In addition, GT Interactive is a leader in value-priced software, under the GameWizards, WizardWorks and CompuWorks brands. The company's MacSoft brand is also at the forefront of the Macintosh software market.

GT Interactive is a major vendor of consumer software from more than 120 various publishers to approximately 2,100 Wal-Mart stores and 675 Target stores nationwide. The company also directly distributes its own published software to more than 20,000 retailers nationwide.

Net Sales: $93 million for first quarter ended March 31, 1997 $365 million for fiscal year ended December 31, 1996

International Operations: GT Interactive opened its London-based European subsidiary in 1995 and has direct operations in Paris, Hamburg and Sydney. The efforts of GT Interactive Software, Ltd. are augmented by a joint venture publishing agreement with SOFTBANK Corporation, the largest distributor of personal computer software in Japan.

All Overviews

Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) is a wholly-owned (formerly majority-owned) subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A and encompasses its North American operations. Headquartered in New York City, Atari, Inc. employs approximately 150 employees across the U.S. Currently one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the United States., Atari, Inc. develops, publishes and distributes games for all available platforms. Infogrames Entertainment once the majority shareholder in Atari, Inc, announced at the end of April 2008 to fully reacquire the company and bring to a closure a period of financial underperformance and making the Atari Group whole again.

Publishing
Atari's publishing business was created out of two primary publishing studios (Santa Monica, California and Beverly, Massachusetts) which focused on the company's core strengths: kids/family games, action/adventure games, retro arcade games and racing titles. With its emphasis on producing interactive entertainment for a mass entertainment audience, the company publishes games at a variety of price points, ranging from value-priced titles to premium-priced products. As of 2008, the company re-organized switching to handle core publishing out of New York, with satellite offices in Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington.

The Company's catalog of products comprises the following franchises: Alone in the Dark, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter, Driver, Freddi Fish, Monopoly, Pajama Sam, Putt Putt, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Spy Fox, Test Drive, TONKA and V-Rally among others. Atari also formerly owned the Civilization series of games (sold in 2005) and and helped create the Unreal franchise (also sold in 2005). In addition, the Company has forged significant relationships with many of the entertainment industry's leading film and television studios and by doing so, has amassed a list of licenses that features some of the world's most popular entertainment properties, including: BeyBlade, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jeopardy, Warner Bros.' The Matrix, Warner. Bros.' Looney Tunes, Men In Black, Mission: Impossible, Terminator, Nicktoons, Wheel of Fortune, World of Outlaws and Yu Yu Hakusho, among others. Atari, Inc. divides its development efforts between internal Infogrames' studio Eden Games, and external development studios.

Active acquired development studiosFormer acquired development studiosFormer acquired distribution/publishing companiesDistribution
In North America, Atari's distribution organization encompasses more than 22,000 outlets, ranging from mass merchants and superstores to specialty stores, office superstores and wholesale clubs, as well as online retailers. Because of this network Atari, Inc is one of the leading distribution companies for both game and non-game software in the U.S. In addition to distributing titles developed and acquired by Atari and third party vendors like Her Interactive and LucasArts, this network also handles the distribution for Atari, Inc.'s affiliate labels, which include such companies as Strategy First, Xicat, and Codemasters.

Contributed by Freeman (17339) on Mar 27, 2005. [revised by : 4 other people].



GT INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE CORP. CORPORATE FACT SHEET/1997

Summary: Headquartered in New York, with offices in Paris, London, Hamburg, Sydney, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle and Minneapolis, GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS) is a leading global publisher of entertainment, edutainment and value-priced software for IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers as well as the game systems from Sony, Nintendo and Sega.

Founded in 1993, the company formally made its initial offering to the public in 1995. GT Interactive published its first product, Wolfenstein 3-D, in 1993, and has since released some of the world's most popular entertainment software, securing the number two market share in games and number one market share in value-priced software for the first quarter of this year, according to PC Data. In addition, this year GT Interactive launched a new internal entertainment software studio, Cavedog Entertainment, whose first title, Total Annihilation, will debut this fall. The company has also invested in, acquired and formed alliances with the industry's most dynamic and creative software developers, including Oddworld Inhabitants, designers of Abe's Oddysee; Apogee/3D Realms, creators of the best- selling PC game, Duke Nukem 3D; Epic MegaGames, developer of Unreal, a ground-breaking MMX 3-D action game; id Software, creators of industry best- seller QUAKE; Midway Games, the home entertainment division of arcade giant WMS Industries (Mortal Kombat Trilogy, NHL Open Ice, War Gods); and children's author Mercer Mayer, creator of award-winning children's properties Little Critter, Little Monster and Just Me and My Mom.

GT Interactive internally develops software for the children's market via its subsidiary, Humongous Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of award-winning children's software featuring original characters Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish and Putt-Putt. In addition, GT Interactive is a leader in value-priced software, under the GameWizards, WizardWorks and CompuWorks brands. The company's MacSoft brand is also at the forefront of the Macintosh software market.

GT Interactive is a major vendor of consumer software from more than 120 various publishers to approximately 2,100 Wal-Mart stores and 675 Target stores nationwide. The company also directly distributes its own published software to more than 20,000 retailers nationwide.

Net Sales: $93 million for first quarter ended March 31, 1997 $365 million for fiscal year ended December 31, 1996

International Operations: GT Interactive opened its London-based European subsidiary in 1995 and has direct operations in Paris, Hamburg and Sydney. The efforts of GT Interactive Software, Ltd. are augmented by a joint venture publishing agreement with SOFTBANK Corporation, the largest distributor of personal computer software in Japan.

Contributed by Brian Hirt (10014) on Mar 01, 1999.