Atari is one the most recognized and celebrated brands in the world. Our team is dedicated to honoring the legacy of the brand, and building upon its success so that Atari continues to be associated with fun for years to come.
Founded in 1972, Atari played an integral role in the development of the arcade game, game console and personal computer industries. Atari’s iconic games, including Pong®, Asteroids®, Centipede® Missile Command®, have been played by many millions, and the brand continues to bring joy to gamers with its expanding portfolio of PC, console and mobile games.
Atari’s core businesses include video games, consumer hardware, licensing and blockchain. The team at Atari is focused on creating value by expanding and integrating each of these businesses under the leadership of our CEO Wade Rosen.
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.