Atari Europe S.A.S.U.

Moby ID: 34

AKA +
  • Infogrames Europe SA - company name until 6th May 2003
  • Infogrames Multimedia SA - initial company name

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Atari Europe S.A.S.U. is a majority owned subsidiary of the holding company Atari SA with worldwide headquarters in Lyon, France. The company was founded in June 1983 as Infogrames by Bruno Bonnell and Christophe Sapet and was primarily known as a game developer during the late 1980s and 1990s. Their best-known games include the initial Alone in the Dark trilogy, as well as various games based on Franco-Belgian comics.

Together with the US headquarters Atari, Inc. in New York, the European division is a global publisher and distributor of games for all major consoles and also computers, with many development studios under its wings. At its peak in the 2000s, the company also had offices in France, United Kingdom, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, India, China, Australia, Japan.

Atari Europe produces and publishes interactive games for all platforms available in Europe and oversees distribution of the Atari catalog throughout Europe. In addition, as a result of publishing and distribution deals in the 1990s and 2000s, Atari Europe also distributed titles of affiliate companies, including SEGA, Bandai, and Square Soft, across the continent.

Credited on 621 Games from 1985 to 2023

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures Deluxe (2023 on PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4...)
Pixel Ripped 1978 (2023 on PlayStation 5, Windows, Quest)
Kombinera (2022 on Linux, Windows, Macintosh...)
Atari Flashback Classics (2018 on PS Vita, Nintendo Switch)
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (2018 on Nintendo Switch, Windows)
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Mega-Pack (2016 on Windows)
Alone in the Dark: Illumination (2015 on Windows)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D (2012 on Nintendo 3DS)
Dungeons & Dragons: Anthology - The Master Collection (2011 on Windows)
Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Star Trek Online (2010 on Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 4...)
Star Trek Online (Collector's Edition) (2010 on Windows)
Star Trek Online (Digital Deluxe Edition) (2010 on Windows)
Star Trek Online (Gold Edition) (2010 on Windows)
Bridge Training (2009 on Nintendo DS)
Demigod (2009 on Windows)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (2009 on Windows, Xbox 360, Macintosh...)
Codename: Panzers - Cold War (2009 on Windows)

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May 7, 2003

Infogrames rebrands its corporate image and will now be known as Atari.

Trivia +

Infogrames has grown up incredibly big during the last decade. As of this writing (year 2000 / 2001), the company is acknowledged as the second biggest game publisher in the world, right after Electronic Arts itself.

Infrogrames is traded on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol IFGM.

According to Bruno Bonnell on a television interview, the founders used a mix-and-match computer program to suggest names for their new company, one of which was "Infogramme": a portmanteau of the French words "informatique" (information technology) and "programme" (a computer program). The final choice, "Infogrames", was a slightly modified version of that suggestion, and is properly pronounced "IN-foe-gramz" — it is unrelated to the English word "games". However, in English, it is sometimes misunderstood as a misspelling of Infrogames, and sometimes referred to thereof.

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