Atari was created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972 and became a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles and home computers.
Beloved and world-renowned Atari games including Pong®, Asteroids®, Missile Command® and many others helped define the gaming industry.
We develop the Atari brand with a multi-media approach.
Atari is known as a globally recognized brand that transcends generations and audiences and for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment and licensed products.
The Atari brand means “Revolution, Entertainment and Technology”.
We own and/or manage more than 200 games and franchises including world-renowned brands like:
Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and hold the license for RollerCoaster Tycoon®.
In addition, we believe that blockchain technology is poised to take a very important place in our world and to transform the current economic ecosystem, especially in the video game world and in many aspects of the digital entertainment industry. We are working on a platform based on blockchain technology, which will have its own cryptocurrency called the Atari Token.
Atari is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment C). A website provides information more specifically dedicated to shareholders, investors and financial market professionals. > Learn more
1972: The original Atari, Inc., is founded in Sunnyvale, California by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.
1976: Warner Communications acquires Atari.
1984: The original Atari Inc. is split into two divisions. The Atari Consumer Electronics Division properties are sold to Jack Tramiel while Warner keeps the arcade division, Atari Games, Inc.
1996: Atari Corporation reverse-merges with disk-drive manufacturer JT Storage (JTS), becoming a division within the company.
1996: Atari Games sold to WMS Industries (owners of the Williams, and Bally/Midway arcade brands).
1998: Hasbro Interactive acquires all Atari Corporation related properties from JTS, creating a new subsidiary, Hasbro Interactive.
1999: Infogrames Entertainment acquires GT Interactive, Inc. and renames it Infogrames, Inc. Infogrames, Inc. remains listed in the US.
2001: Infogrames Entertainment acquires Hasbro Interactive and renames it Infogrames Interactive, Inc.
2003: Infogrames Interactive is renamed Atari Interactive. Infogrames, Inc. (formerly GT Interactive), changes its name to Atari, Inc.
2005-2007: Blue Bay becomes the largest shareholder of Infogrames Entertainment.
2009: Infogrames Entertainment buys the minority shareholders of Atari, Inc. Atari, SA then owns 100% of all US entities, among which Atari, Inc. (ex-GT Interactive), Atari Interactive, Inc. (ex-Hasbro Interactive), Humongous Entertainment, Inc. and California US Holdings, Inc.
2009: Infogrames Entertainment renames itself Atari, SA.
2013: On January 21, 2013, the four US subsidiaries of Atari, SA, i.e. Atari, Inc., Atari Interactive, Inc., Humongous Entertainment, Inc. and California US Holdings, Inc. file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
2013: The listing of the Atari, SA shares is suspended on the Paris Stock Exchange.
2013: In February 2013, Frédéric Chesnais, former CEO of Atari Interactive, Inc., as well as former Deputy-COO and CFO of Infogrames Entertainment, becomes Atari, SA’s largest shareholder through his holding company Ker Ventures. Atari, SA does not file for bankruptcy in France and remains solvent thanks to Ker Ventures funding.
2013: Atari exits from Chapter 11 in December. At the end of March 31, 2013, Atari, SA and its subsidiaries has one million (Euro) of revenue only.
2014: In January, quotation of the Atari, SA shares is resumed on the Paris stock Exchange.