Midway Games, Inc.

Historical Events

    Aug 03, 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..

    Sep 20, 1988:

    • The company is renamed Midway Manufacturing Company


    Sep 23, 1996:

    • The company is renamed to Midway Games, Inc.

    Apr 01, 1998:

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

    Jan, 2000:

    • The company changes the name of Atari Games division to Midway Games West, to avoid confusion with the other Atari company, then owned by Hasbro Interactive.

    Feb 28, 2001:

    • Midway Games Inc. signs a distribution agreement with Koei Net Co. Ltd., of which Koei will become the exclusive distributor of selected Midway home videogame products in the Far East, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

    May 13, 2001:

    • Midway Home Entertainment Inc., terminates its agreement with Pandemic Studios, LLC. on the basis of Pandemic's failure to perform pursuant to the terms of the agreement between the two companies.
    • Pandemic Studios, LLC. files a lawsuit against Midway Home Entertainment Inc., in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Jun, 2001:

    • The company's coin-op videogame division is closed due to financial losses.

    Oct 01, 2001:

    • All assets of Midway's coin-op division are sold to Happ Controls, Inc., of Elk Grove, Illinois.

    Feb, 2003:

    • The company closes its Midway Games West studio.

    Jul 28, 2003:

    • Midway cans the platformer "Crank the Weasel".

    Oct, 2003:

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    Jun 06, 2004:

    Nov 30, 2004:

    Feb 01, 2005:

    • The company forms a new subsidiary with an office in Munich, Germany: Midway Games GmbH

    Feb 02, 2005:

    • The company enters a multi-year licensing agreement with Epic Games for the use of the Unreal Engine 3 technology.

    Feb 15, 2005:

    • The company signs a multi-territory agreement with Cartoon Network to publish video games based on five of the network's Adult Swim shows.

    Aug 04, 2005:

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    Dec 14, 2005:

    Feb, 2006:

    • Midway cancels Fear & Respect, an action/adventure with collaboration between rapper Snoop Dogg and Boyz'n the Hood director John Singleton.

    Feb 27, 2006:

    Jul 22, 2008:

    • The company announces to close down Midway Studios Los Angeles and relocate the majority of the employees to its San Diego facility.

    Dec 16, 2008:

    • The company announces to close down the Midway Studios - Austin Inc. development studio. With cost reductions at other divisions, about 180 people are laid off.

    Feb 19, 2009:

    • Midway Games Inc. announces 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 does not include the company's non-U.S. operations, which will continue business as normal.

    Jul, 2009:

    Aug 20, 2009:

    • Spiess Media Holding, a company owned by Midway's international executive vice president Martin Spiess, announces to have completed the buy-out of the French and UK office Midway Games SAS and Midway Games Ltd. The day after they are renamed Tradewest Games SAS and Tradewest Games Ltd. respectively.
    • F & F Publishing GmbH, a company owned by two former executives of Midway Games GmbH, announces to have completed the buy-out of the German division.
    Company history contributed by Sciere (511128), Indra was here (20930) and Jeanne (76516)