Infogrames Studios Ltd.
OverviewGremlin was founded in 1984 by Ian Stewart, Sales and Marketing Director, and Kevin Norburn, the Financial Director. They originally opened a computer shop in Carver Street, Sheffield, called Just Micro. From there they branched out into a software house. Tony Crowther, already well known for a few Commodore programs was made a company director. Geoff Brown, of US Gold and who had just started Centresoft, was invited to become Managing Director.
In December 1996, Gremlin purchased Scottish developers DMA Design in a deal worth around £4.2m. In April 1999, the company had around 300 employees based at 3 sites.
Gremlin's titles were published in the United States by Interplay. In December 1997, the Company signed a new publishing deal for its Actua Sports (and two non-sports) titles with Fox Interactive.
In the UK, Gremlin distributes directly to large multiples and in Europe, the company sources individual territory distribution deals on a product by product basis whilst still retaining Funsoft as its default distributor.
French publisher Infogrames acquired the Company for £24m in 1999.
Gremlin has also had a budget label, called GBH.
In 2003 Ian Stewart was able to buy back the rights to former Gremlin games from Atari.
Also Known As
- Gremlin Interactive Ltd. (from 1994 to 1999)
- Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd. (from 1984 to 1994)
TriviaCompany address and contact information (1999):
Gremlin Interactive Limited
The Green House
33 Bowdon Street
Sheffield S1 4HA
Tel: +44 (0)114 279 9020
Fax: +44 (0)114 273 8601
- CRASH 18 - Gremlin Graphics -- Early article about the company and its founders