The original Atari Inc. was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted
Dabney. It was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and
home computers. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600,
helped define the computer entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid 1980s.
In 1984, the original Atari Inc. was split, and the arcade division was turned
into Atari Games Inc. Atari Games received the rights to use the logo
and brand name with appended text "Games" on arcade games, as well as
rights to the original 1972 - 1984 arcade hardware properties. The Atari
Consumer Electronics Division properties were in turn sold to Jack Tramiel's
Tramel Technology Ltd., which then renamed itself to Atari Corporation. In
1996, Atari Corporation reverse merged with disk drive manufacturer JT
Storage (JTS), becoming a division within the company.
In 1998, Hasbro Interactive acquired all Atari Corporation related
properties from JTS., creating a new subsidiary, Atari Interactive. IESA
bought Hasbro Interactive in 2001 and renamed it to Infogrames Interactive.
IESA changed the company name entirely to Atari Interactive in 2003.
The company that currently bears the name Atari Inc. was founded
in 1993 under the name GT Interactive. IESA acquired a 62% controlling
interest in GT Interactive in 1999, and renamed it Infogrames, Inc.
Following IESA's acquisition of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, Inc.
intermittently published Atari branded titles for Infogrames Interactive.
In 2003, Infogrames Inc. licensed the Atari name and logo from Atari
Interactive and changed its name to Atari Inc. On October 11, 2008,
Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari, Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary.
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