Atari SA

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  • Infogrames Entertainment SA (from 1983-06 to 2009-05-29)

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Infogrames Entertainment SA, or IESA, was founded in June 1983 in France by Bruno Bonnell and Christophe Sapet. The company quickly became the major French developer, with many acquisitions (both developers and distributors) first in Europe, later all over the world, and creating various subsidiary companies. In 1993, Infogrames was introduced to the stock exchange of Paris with great success.

November 1999 is a milestone, when Infogrames Entertainment SA acquires a controlling stake in the major American publisher GT Interactive. It is renamed Infogrames, Inc. The US branch fully acquires Hasbro Interactive, another major player, in January 2001, becoming Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (In 2008, IESA acquired the remaining shares, turning the then named Atari, Inc. into a wholly owned subsidiary.)

In May 2003, the company completely re-brands its corporate image and adopts the well-known Atari brand, which came along with the Hasbro acquisition. Hasbro had it acquired from JTS Corporation, which the original Atari had merged with in 1996. Infogrames, Inc. becomes Atari, Inc., Infogrames Interactive, Inc. becomes Atari Interactive, Inc., and the European operations are renamed Atari Europe. The main company holding's name remains Infogrames Entertainment SA until 2009 - then the board decided to unify the group under the Atari brand and Infogrames Entertainment SA was renamed Atari SA.

Next to many collaborations, the company has effectively acquired the following major companies: Ocean, Psygnosis, Gremlin, GT Interactive, Hasbro Interactive, MacSoft (US), Humongous Entertainment (US), Accolade (US) and many more.

In February 2006, the company announces to sell the divisions Shiny Entertainment, Inc. (becomes part of Foundation 9 Entertainment, Inc.) and Atari Melbourne House Pty Ltd. (becomes Krome Studios Melbourne).

During the years, many successful franchises have been published, such as Alone in the Dark, Test Drive, Deer Hunter, Unreal, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Oddworld, and various movie tie-ins.

Aside from games, the company is also known for the children's entertainment software from Humongous Entertainment (acquired along with GT Interactive), and MacSoft, a publisher of Macintosh entertainment software.

Credited on 40 Games from 1984 to 2002

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Napoleon (2002 on Windows)
Sid Meier's Civilization III: Play the World (2002 on Windows)
Titeuf: Ze Gag Machine (2002 on Game Boy Advance)
Men in Black: The Series - Crashdown (2001 on PlayStation)
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (2001 on Windows, PlayStation, PlayStation 2...)
Deadly Dozen (2001 on Windows)
Daytona USA (2000 on Dreamcast)
Final Fantasy IX (2000 on Windows, PlayStation, PSP...)
All Star Tennis 2000 (2000 on Windows, PlayStation)
Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat From Your Head To Your Feet (2000 on Windows, PlayStation, Macintosh...)
Vegas Games 2000 (2000 on PlayStation)
Test Drive: Off-Road 3 (2000 on Game Boy Color)
Wetrix (2000 on Game Boy Color)
Boarder Zone (1999 on Windows)
Driver (1999 on Windows, PlayStation, PSP...)
Outcast (1999 on Windows)
PGA European Tour Golf (1999 on PlayStation)
V-Rally: Edition 99 (1998 on Windows, Nintendo 64)
Pen Pen TRiIceLon (1998 on Dreamcast)
Hexplore (1998 on Windows)

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History +


Infogrames starts producing games for Nintendo consoles; the first game published is North & South.


Infogrames acquires ERE Informatique and Cobrasoft, effectively becoming the biggest French game development studio.


Infogrames adopts its infamous logo picturing an armadillo.


Infogrames begins exporting software to the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States.

June 1983

The company is created by Bruno Bonnell and Christophe Sapet.

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