Midway Games West, Inc.

Moby ID: 32826

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  • Atari Games Corporation (from 1985-02-19 to 1999-12-22)
  • AT Games Inc. (from 1985-01-10 to 1985-02-19)

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AT Games Inc. was founded on January 10, 1985 as a subsidiary of Namco America Inc. for the purpose of acquiring the coin-op assets of Atari Games Inc. from Warner Communications Inc. The acquisition was completed by February 4 of that year, with Warner acquiring a minority stake of the new company as part of the transaction. AT Games Inc. was renamed Atari Games Corporation on February 19, 1985.

In 1987, Namco sold 20% of the company to Atari Games management, becoming an independent company. On December of that year, Tengen, Inc. was established as Atari Games' home consumer division (ownership of the Atari brand for the consumer market was held at the time by Atari Corporation).

Namco sold its share of Atari Games in 1990, while in turn, Time Warner would become majority owner of the company.

In 1994, Atari Games, Tengen and Time Warner Interactive Group were consolidated under the label of Time Warner Interactive. Atari Games would retain it's identity during this period, while the Tengen brand was discontinued.

Time Warner sold Atari Games to WMS Industries Inc. on March 29, 1996. WMS would later transfer the company to its subsidiary, Midway Games, Inc. in July of that year. Midway spun off from WMS in 1998.

Atari Games Corporation was renamed Midway Games West Inc. on November 19, 1999, and the Atari Games brand was discontinued in favor of the Midway brand, done likely to lessen confusion with the consumer Atari brand, then recently acquired by Hasbro Interactive, Inc.

Midway exited the coin-op business in 2001 due to increasing losses and began to focus exclusively on the home consumer market.

The Midway West campus in Milpitas, CA was closed on February 7, 2003. As such, the subsidiary transitioned into a holding company for the Atari Games/Midway West properties.

After filing for bankruptcy, Midway Games Inc. sold most of its assets to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in 2009, which included the Atari Games/Midway West library. Midway Games West Inc. was dissolved as a legal entity on October 2, 2013.

In its history, the company also had many titles in development that were eventually canceled. These include:

  • Vicious Circle: a fighting game in the style of Killer Instinct which was pitched internally at Atari in 1994 as Hero. There exists a 1996 prototype.

Credited on 75 Games from 1985 to 2003

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San Francisco Rush 2049: Special Edition (2003 on Arcade)
Dr. Muto (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
Gravity Games Bike: Street • Vert • Dirt (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
NFL Blitz 20-03 (2002 on Game Boy Advance)
Gauntlet: Dark Legacy (2000 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube...)
Skins Game (2000 on Arcade)
San Francisco Rush 2049 (1999 on Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Arcade)
War: Final Assault (1999 on Arcade)
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 (1999 on Windows)
Road Burners (1999 on Arcade)
Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA (1998 on Nintendo 64)
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 (1998 on PlayStation)
Area 51: Site 4 (1998 on Arcade)
California Speed (1998 on Nintendo 64, Arcade)
Gauntlet: Legends (1998 on PlayStation, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64...)
Radikal Bikers (1998 on PlayStation, Arcade)
Vapor TRX (1998 on Arcade)
Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey '98 (1997 on PlayStation, Nintendo 64)
Mace: The Dark Age (1997 on Nintendo 64, Arcade)
Maximum Force (1997 on Windows, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn...)

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History +

October 2, 2013

The entity is dissolved.

2003

The company ceases operations

2001

Company left the arcade market to concentrate on home systems.

December 22, 1999

The company is renamed to Midway Games West, Inc.

September 23, 1994

WCI Games Corporation is merged into Atari Games Corporation

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