User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Krome Studios Melbourne

Historical Events

    1977:

    • Melbourne House (Publishers) Ltd. is founded as a general publishing company.

    1980:

    • Development starts for Sinclair ZX-80
    • Beam Software founded as the game development subsidiary of Melbourne House (Publishers) Ltd.

    1981:

    • Development starts for Sinclair ZX-81
    • Beam acquires license for computer rights to The Hobbit.

    1982:

    • The company abandons book publishing and starts to concentrate solely on publishing the Beam games.

    1984:

    1987:

    1989:

    • Beam starts development of games on NEC PC-9801 and NEC PC-Engine for the Japanese market.

    1990:

    • Beam starts development of CD-ROM games for the NEC PC-Engine for the Japanese market.

    1991:

    1996:

    • Beam Software becomes the first publicly listed games company on the Australian Stock Exchange. When Virgin allows the Melbourne House brand to lapse, Beam re-registers it and launches it as its publishing / game development subsidiary.

    1999:

    • Melbourne House is sold to Infogrames, which included the computer games division and Hotgames.com, a portal for games enthusiasts, to extinguish $12 million of debt, and the company is renamed Infogrames Melbourne House Pty Ltd.

    2000:

    • Beam Software Pty., Ltd. changes its name to Blaze International and starts developing software and provides services for entertainment, telecommunications and Internet applications. From then on, Blaze is no longer associated with the game industry.

    Apr, 2001:

    May, 2003:

    • Due to a global rebranding, Infogrames Melbourne House Pty Ltd. is renamed Atari Melbourne House Pty Ltd.

    Nov 02, 2006:

    • Krome Studios acquires the company and renames it Krome Studios Melbourne.
    Company history contributed by //dbz: (5221), Sciere (269139), quizzley7 (21205) and Jeanne (75603)