Infogrames Studios Ltd.
Gremlin 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)
Company 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