Atari Files for Bankruptcy, Looks to Escape French Parent Company
January 22, 2013 1:00 PM
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Atari's U.S. operations hope to be bought and made private
Atari's U.S. operations
filed for bankruptcy this week in an attempt to escape its French parent, Atari S.A.
Atari, which has been around for 41 years now, is famous for making video games like "Asteroids" and "Pong." However, the game maker has been in financial trouble for some time now.
In the early 2000s, Atari became closely associated with French company Infogrames. In 2003, the company changed its name to Atari S.A., and five years later, it acquired all of Atari's American gaming assets.
Atari attempted to stay relevant by offering mobile versions of its
games for smartphones and tablets
while also updating games like "Pong." But the parent company still struggled to stay profitable.
Part of the issue is Atari's dependence on BlueBay Asset Management for cash. BlueBay is a financial company in London, and on December 31, a $28 million credit facility with BlueBay failed to be maintained. This stopped Atari from releasing new games.
However, over the last two years, Atari S.A. did report profitable earnings for the first time in a decade. But these earnings were very low, at $11 million for the last two years. But revenue did fall 34 percent in 2012 and 43 percent in 2011.
Now, Atari and three of its affiliates have filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York on Sunday. The U.S. operations hope to leave Atari S.A. and obtain a new buyer. This would take the company private.
The Los Angeles Times
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1/22/2013 3:37:06 PM
I also had a Jaguar. "Impressive" isn't the word I would have used for it... Maybe "depressive"? That turned out to be the most embarassing and disappointing game purchases I can remember. Getting it out by Christmas would have done nothing to help the fact that the games were simply putrid and unplayable compared to anything you could get on the 16-bit consoles of the time or even the 8-bit gems from the previous generation. Just about the only game I can remember having any fun with was Club Drive, and that was just because me and my brothers would crack up laughing at the wild impossible physics and driving into broken areas of the world geometry which would freak out the engine.
"Avoigh the Ground..."
1/23/2013 11:28:56 AM
Yes, the games weren't done either...and some of them were rushed out the door to the point where they were just terrible - like a supercross game I had.
Some though were superb...like the Aliens vs. Predator one. And I remember some odd kind of tile-flipping game that I think invovled pandas or something - XD It was weird, but innovative and cool at the same time.
The point being though not to knock the console itself for the lack of good games...the capabilities of the console were superb, but when everybody's schedules blew way past the holiday buying season, all development just stopped and everybody just threw whatever they had at the wall to see if it stuck.
1/23/2013 1:24:43 PM
I don't know what games you played but I had fun with my Jaguar. Games like Theme Park, Iron Soldier, Rayman and Aliens vs Predator were a blast. There were many other games that were fun, too.
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