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Atari acquires Intellivision brand and over 200 games

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Since you all love reading about games industry consolidation, here's more for you! Atari have acquired a whole lot from Intellivision.

Atari have been making quite a few moves lately. They revived the Infogrames brand and acquired Totally Reliable Delivery Service, they also bought up Awesomenauts, Swords & Soldiers and Digital Eclipse, and even Nightdive Studios are now owned by Atari.

Clearly they're trying to make one heck of a comeback.

Now they also own the Intellivision brand, so Intellivision Entertainment LLC will now be rebranding to continue on with their AMICO console. The press release noted this deal includes giving Atari "the rights to more than 200 titles from the Intellivision portfolio and the Intellivision trademarks".

So now with that Atari plan to expand both digital and physical distribution of classic Intellivision games, and of course look to use their newly acquired IP for potential future games and licensing.

“This was a very rare opportunity to unite former competitors and bring together fans of Atari, Intellivision and the golden age of gaming,” said Wade Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Atari.

“Uniting Atari and Intellivision after 45 years ends the longest-running console war in history,” said Mike Mika, Studio Head at Digital Eclipse, an Atari-owned game studio.

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pb May 23
Meh, I preferred ColecoVision anyway.
A bunch of people who have nothing to do with the original company bought a company that is made of a bunch of people who have nothing to do with that original company either.


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pb May 23
Quoting: thelimeydragonA bunch of people who have nothing to do with the original company bought a company that is made of a bunch of people who have nothing to do with that original company either.

To be frank, the thing with these old companies is that the founders and early employees tend to be dead or retired.
yeah but it's not a case of someone took over their business when they died/retired, the companies died. Someone else bought the name and made new companies with it.

All the original owners of Nintendo are dead and even the people who took it over from them are all dead. It's still the same company.
pb May 23
Quoting: thelimeydragonyeah but it's not a case of someone took over their business when they died/retired, the companies died. Someone else bought the name and made new companies with it.

All the original owners of Nintendo are dead and even the people who took it over from them are all dead. It's still the same company.

Fair, but then again, you can revive the brand and keep it true to the original vision and you can keep the brand alive but steer it in the opposite direction. So it's all relative, as the wise man said.
F.Ultra May 23
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Quoting: dpanterBut, how? Where are they getting the money from? Who keeps pumping money into this walking corpse?
Maybe they just make enough money from game sales and the like? I buy those Recharged games on the Switch, and I've bought some of their other stuff too. Along with one of those Bluetooth Atari 2600 style controllers. If I didn't already just use my Xbox Series controllers as my PC controllers, then I'd probably have bought their regular VCS controller for my PC.

They might be weird with their decisions at times, and also just seem like they throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. But I actually like a good lot of what they put out game-wise.

Quoting: basedKnowing their history, this made me lmao, buying Coleco next?
That could actually be a good thing to get some of the old Coleco games out in some form again. I wouldn't be against them buying those rights either.

If Intellivision and Colecovision games started popping up on that VCS, it'd be good for folks who bought one.
They have had a net loss every single quarter since march 2020 (about €-9M last year with a total sales of €10M).

As I understand it from their latest financial report they are basically running on loans, aka they have sold €30M in bonds which they somehow have to pay back in 2026.
Linux_Rocks May 23
Quoting: pbMeh, I preferred ColecoVision anyway.
I'm in the Opcode Games Colecovision Super Game Club. I've got the Super Game Module for my Colecovision and several games for said module. My next issue of the print magazine and copy of Amidar should be arriving in the mail tomorrow. lol
Linux_Rocks May 23
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: Linux_Rocks
Quoting: dpanterBut, how? Where are they getting the money from? Who keeps pumping money into this walking corpse?
Maybe they just make enough money from game sales and the like? I buy those Recharged games on the Switch, and I've bought some of their other stuff too. Along with one of those Bluetooth Atari 2600 style controllers. If I didn't already just use my Xbox Series controllers as my PC controllers, then I'd probably have bought their regular VCS controller for my PC.

They might be weird with their decisions at times, and also just seem like they throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. But I actually like a good lot of what they put out game-wise.

Quoting: basedKnowing their history, this made me lmao, buying Coleco next?
That could actually be a good thing to get some of the old Coleco games out in some form again. I wouldn't be against them buying those rights either.

If Intellivision and Colecovision games started popping up on that VCS, it'd be good for folks who bought one.
They have had a net loss every single quarter since march 2020 (about €-9M last year with a total sales of €10M).

As I understand it from their latest financial report they are basically running on loans, aka they have sold €30M in bonds which they somehow have to pay back in 2026.
Well damn, I didn't know the details. Just was taking a stab in the dark. But AtariAge is the only thing that I'd be worried about if things flatline in the end.
Quoting: PenglingI think they kind of had to do this after the Amico scandal
Now Atari just needs to merge with Coleco after the Coleco Chameleon scandal and it will be the holy trinity of terrible old game companies people had forgotten existed......
pilk May 24
Quoting: PenglingThey've released it as a mobile telephone app where you can link other mobile telephones to your mobile telephone to use as controllers, presumably so they can say that they delivered something.

I mean the Amico was very likely going to be made out of couple years old phone parts running off some special locked-down version of Android anyways.
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