About us

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.

Atari Today

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®.

Atari Games is the DNA of the Atari Group, exploiting more than 200 video games. This also includes Atari Casino, multimedia activities with Atari Studios, and Licensing.”

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

Select Game
and Hardware
Timeline

1972

Atari co-founded
by Nolan Bushnell
and Ted Dabney.

1972

Pong was released.

 

 

1977

The Atari Video
Computer System (2600)
makes its debut.

1979

Atari 400 and
Atari 800
home computers
are released.

1980

Missile Command
released into
Arcades.

1982

Advanced Video Computer
“System X” released;
would later be renamed the
Atari 5200 Super System.

1984

Atari 7800
Prosystem gaming
console
is released.

1989

Atari Lynx
handheld game
console
is released.

1993

Atari Jaguar
home video
game console
is released.

2003

Atari Flashback
classic game
console released.

2008

Alone in the Dark
on PC
released.

2011

Haunted House
on PC
released.

2014

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch
on mobile
devices released.

2017

Atari announces
development of
Atari VCS hardware
entertainment system.

Corporate History

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.