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Midway Games, Inc.

Also Known As +

  • Midway Manufacturing Company (from 1988-09-20 to 1996-09-23)
  • WMS Games, Inc. (from 1988-08-03 to 1988-09-20)

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Midway Games Inc. was a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, for a wide range of platforms. It is especially known for the Mortal Kombat franchise. Based with a corporate office in Chicago, Illinois, the company had many worldwide divisions and subsidiaries. Its west coast division, Midway Home Entertainment, Inc., operated out of San Diego, California.

It was formed in 1988, after Bally Midway Mfg Co. was acquired by WMS Industries under the name WMS Games Inc. (which was quickly changed to Midway Manufacturing Company).

Initially Midway Games Inc. handled the coin-op arcade manufacture and sales out of its Chicago location, while Midway Home Entertainment developed games for home consoles from its west coast units. In 1998 it was set free by its owner WMS Industries and became its own company, owned by its stockholders. Eventually their Corsicana site was closed down and the company chose the San Diego location for its west coast hub. In 2001 Midway quit coin-op game manufacturing and sold all of the assets to Happ Control, Inc.

In February 2008, the Midway conglomerate employed approximately 900 people (about 700 development staff and about 100 in sales and marketing departments).

On 12th February 2009 the company announced that the company and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filing did not include the company's non-U.S. operations, which continued business.

Acquired development studios:
Surreal Software Inc. (2004 - acquired by Warner Bros. in July 2009) * Inevitable Entertainment (2004-2008, renamed Midway Studios - Austin Inc.) * Paradox Development (2004-2008, renamed Midway Studios - Los Angeles Inc.) * Ratbag Pty, Ltd. (2005-2005, renamed Midway Studios Australia) * The Pitbull Syndicate Limited (2005-2009, renamed Midway Studios - Newcastle*)

Established studios:* Midway Studios - San Diego (...-2009 - acquired by THQ August, 2009) * Midway Chicago (... - acquired by Warner Bros. in July 2009)

Midway subsidiaries: Midway Games West (1998-2003) * Midway Games GmbH (2005-2009, sold to F+F Publishing GmbH) * Midway Games SAS (2006-2009, bought out and rebranded Tradewest Games SAS) * Midway Games Ltd. (...-2009, bought out and rebranded Tradewest Games Ltd.*)

After closing a number of studios in 2008, on 12th February 2009 the company filed for bankruptcy. In May of that year Warner Bros. bid $33 million for most of the company's assets, including the Surreal Software and Chicago development studio, and the Mortal Kombat franchise. No other bids came and on 1st July 2009 the sale was approved.

Following the acquisition, the corporate headquarters in Chicago was closed, as well as the Newcastle and San Diego development studio.

The final liquidation of all assets and securities was accomplished in June 2010.

76 Games Released (1989 - 2015)

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Mortal Kombat 1+2+3 (2015 on Windows, Macintosh)
Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (2010 on iPad, iPhone)
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Blitz: The League II (2008 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
NBA Ballers: Chosen One (2008 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Stranglehold (2007 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Mortal Kombat: Unchained (2006 on PSP)
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (2006 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, Wii)
NBA Ballers: Phenom (2006 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Blitz: The League (2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360)
Mortal Kombat: Deception (2004 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
MLB Slugfest Loaded (2004 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy (2004 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox)
NBA Ballers (2004 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition (2003 on Game Boy Advance)
MLB SlugFest 20-04 (2003 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002 on Game Boy Advance)
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
MLB SlugFest 20-03 (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube)

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History +

April 1st, 1998

Midway Games Inc. spins off from WMS Industries; change in company status to independently-owned by shareholders.

September 23rd, 1996

The company is renamed to Midway Games, Inc.


Midway Home Entertainment Inc is formed as a division of Midway Games Inc.

September 20th, 1988

The company is renamed Midway Manufacturing Company

August 3rd, 1988

WMS Games Inc. is formed after the coin-operated amusement game manufacturing business of Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., is purchased by Williams Electronic Games Inc..

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Trivia +

Midway's stock symbol is MWY

Contact information (August 2008):

Midway Games Inc.

2704 West Roscoe Street

Chicago, IL 60618


Phone: 773.961.2222

Midway Home Entertainment Inc.

10636 Scripps Summit Court

Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92131


Phone: 858.790.3790

Fax: 858.790.3800

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