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Atari, Inc.

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  • Infogrames, Inc. (from 2000-05-10 to 2003-05-06)
  • GT Interactive Software Corp. (from 1990 to 2000-05-09)

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Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) is a wholly-owned (formerly majority-owned) subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A and encompasses its North American operations. Headquartered in New York City, Atari, Inc. employs approximately 150 employees across the U.S. Currently one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the United States., Atari, Inc. develops, publishes and distributes games for all available platforms. Infogrames Entertainment once the majority shareholder in Atari, Inc, announced at the end of April 2008 to fully reacquire the company and bring to a closure a period of financial underperformance and making the Atari Group whole again.


Atari's publishing business was created out of two primary publishing studios (Santa Monica, California and Beverly, Massachusetts) which focused on the company's core strengths: kids/family games, action/adventure games, retro arcade games and racing titles. With its emphasis on producing interactive entertainment for a mass entertainment audience, the company publishes games at a variety of price points, ranging from value-priced titles to premium-priced products. As of 2008, the company re-organized switching to handle core publishing out of New York, with satellite offices in Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington.

The Company's catalog of products comprises the following franchises: Alone in the Dark, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter, Driver, Freddi Fish, Monopoly, Pajama Sam, Putt Putt, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Spy Fox, Test Drive, TONKA and V-Rally among others. Atari also formerly owned the Civilization series of games (sold in 2005) and and helped create the Unreal franchise (also sold in 2005). In addition, the Company has forged significant relationships with many of the entertainment industry's leading film and television studios and by doing so, has amassed a list of licenses that features some of the world's most popular entertainment properties, including: BeyBlade, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jeopardy, Warner Bros.' The Matrix, Warner. Bros.' Looney Tunes, Men In Black, Mission: Impossible, Terminator, Nicktoons, Wheel of Fortune, World of Outlaws and Yu Yu Hakusho, among others. Atari, Inc. divides its development efforts between internal Infogrames' studio Eden Games, and external development studios.

Active acquired development studios* Eden Studios (2002)

Former acquired development studios* Oddworld Inhabitants (1996-??? - 50% percent equity interest in the software division) * Humongous Entertainment (1996-2005) * Reflections (1998-2006) * Paradigm Entertainment (2000-2006) * Shiny Entertainment (2002-2006) * Cryptic Studios (2008-2011)

Former acquired distribution/publishing companies* Slash Corporation (1995-???)


In North America, Atari's distribution organization encompasses more than 22,000 outlets, ranging from mass merchants and superstores to specialty stores, office superstores and wholesale clubs, as well as online retailers. Because of this network Atari, Inc is one of the leading distribution companies for both game and non-game software in the U.S. In addition to distributing titles developed and acquired by Atari and third party vendors like Her Interactive and LucasArts, this network also handles the distribution for Atari, Inc.'s affiliate labels, which include such companies as Strategy First, Xicat, and Codemasters.

722 Games Released (1989 - 2022)

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qomp (2021 on Windows, Linux)
Castles & Catapults (2020 on Android)
RollerCoaster Tycoon Story (2020 on iPhone, Android, iPad)
Blood: Fresh Supply (2019 on Windows)
Atari Flashback Classics (2018 on PS Vita, Nintendo Switch)
Atari Flashback Classics: Vol.3 (2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures (2018 on Nintendo Switch, Windows)
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Joyride (2018 on PlayStation 4)
Tempest 4000 (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Night Driver (2018 on Android, iPad, iPhone)
Citytopia (2018 on iPhone, iPad, Android)
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Classic (2017 on Macintosh, Windows)
Atari Flashback Classics: Vol.1 (2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Atari Flashback Classics: Vol.2 (2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Atari Vault (2016 on Windows, Linux, Macintosh)
Haunted House: Cryptic Graves (2014 on Windows)
Special Forces: Team X (2013 on Windows, Xbox 360)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D (2012 on Nintendo 3DS)
Warlords (2012 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

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History +

June 1996

Company acquires Candel, Inc., parent company of FormGen.

April 10th, 1996

GT Interactive Software Corp. and Scavenger Inc. enter into a multi-title distribution agreement for several PC titles


GT Interactive acquires a 50% percent equity interest in the development studio Oddworld Inhabitants Inc., with global publishing rights for the software titles.

June 1995

Company acquires Slash Corporation.


GT Interactive Software Corp. founded in the US.

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Trivia +

The company was sued by developer Fenris Wolf over the game Rebel Moon Revolution in February 1999, alleging breach of contract and interference with contractual relations, and seeking $1.7 million in damages. Fenris Wolf had a contract for Rebel Moon Rising, but it went wrong for Revolution. They claim to have made eight milestones on the project, but that GT rejected the ninth on 15th October, 1998. Normally, a developer has 30 days to correct the mistakes and deliver a new milestone, but Fenris Wolf claims GT refused to communicate about the ninth milestone. When Fenris delivered a second ninth milestone in time, it was rejected again and GT then waited another month (breach of contract) to cancel the game. At that point, they offered the developer to make the game for free, but Fenris Wolf went to court.

GT, on the other hand, claims that Fenris Wolf failed to deliver on the ninth milestone, and when it was given options in terms of how to improve, the developer filed a lawsuit.

Main Headquarters location and contact information (2007):

Atari, Inc.

417 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10016

United States

Phone: (212) 726-6500

Website: www.atari.com

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