Atari History Timelines by Michael Current

A History of
HIAC XI / Atari Interactive

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Compiled and Copyright (c) 2008-2017 by Michael D. Current
Library Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Information presented here is derived as directly as possible from sources published or produced in the original time period.  While also consulted extensively, modern historical retrospectives (including books, oral histories, and especially websites) are utilized chiefly as pathways to primary sources.

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1995

1996

1997

1998

February 12: HIAC XI Corp. was established by Hasbro, Inc. for the purpose of acquiring the Atari assets of JTS Corporation.

Hasbro logo -1998         Hasbro Interactive logo      HIAC XI

February 23: JTS sold substantially all of the assets of its Atari Division, consisting primarily of the Atari intellectual property rights and license agreements, to HIAC XI Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hasbro Interactive (which was established in 1995 as a subsidiary of toy company Hasbro, Inc.), for US$5 million.

Tom Dusenberry was President of Hasbro Interactive.

March 11: Activision released Battlezone for PC, title licensed from Atari/JTS.

March 16: Hasbro Interactive, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. announced that a subsidiary had acquired copyrights, trademarks, patents and other intellectual property assets of the Atari Division of JTS Corporation. The Atari properties and assets included over 75 game properties including the titles Centipede, Missile Command, Pong, Breakout and Tempest . Hasbro Interactive planned to release its first Atari title in the fall with Centipede for both the PC and Sony Playstation game console.

April 1: Midway Home Entertainment announced the release of Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 by Atari Games, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PlayStation (USA), featuring: Paperboy, Gauntlet, RoadBlasters, Marble Madness, Millipede (title licensed from Atari Corporation), Crystal Castles (title licensed from Atari Corporation)

April 3: Activision announced Asteroids for PlayStation and for PC, to ship fall 1998.

April: HIAC XI Director of Licensing John Skruch departed the company.

April 30: Certificate of Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation of HIAC XI Corp. was executed by VP and secretary Lawrence M. Kranseler, changing the name of the company to: Atari Interactive, Inc.

May 7: The name of HIAC XI Corp. was changed to: Atari Interactive, Inc.

Hasbro logo -1998         Hasbro Interactive logo    Atari logo 1998

May: Kathy Butters, previously of Psygnosis (subsidiary of Sony), joined Atari Interactive as VP Intellectual Property, Business Development & Affairs Group.

May 21: Hasbro Interactive announced Centipede by Atari Interactive. Tom Dusenberry was President of Hasbro Interactive.

May 28-30: At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, Hasbro Interactive introduced Centipede by Atari Interactive, for PC CD-ROM and for Sony PlayStation, to ship fall 1998.  Centipede would be the first title to be released by Hasbro Interactive under the Atari label. 

Also at E3, Activision introduced Asteroids, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for PC and for PlayStation, to ship fall 1998.

June: GT Interactive released Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 by Midway (Atari Games), developed by Digital Eclipse, for PlayStation (Europe), featuring: Paperboy, Gauntlet, RoadBlasters, Marble Madness, Millipede (title licensed from Atari Corporation), and Crystal Castles (title licensed from Atari Corporation).

June: Atari Games released the Area 51/Maximum Force Duo Kit (Universal kit for JAMMA units, including Area 51 and Maximum Force units) developed by Mesa Logic (incorporating CoJag hardware based on Jaguar by Atari Corporation).

October 15: Activision announced the November 10, 1998 release date for Asteroids, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for both PC and PlayStation.

November 12: Hasbro Interactive announced the release of Centipede by Atari Interactive, developed by Leaping Lizard Software, for PC.

November?: Majesco released Centipede, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Color and for Game Boy (separate releases).

November 16: Activision announced the release of Asteroids, developed by Syrox Developments, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for PC and for PlayStation.

December?: Majesco released Super Breakout, developed by Morning Star Multimedia, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Color.

1999
January 19: Take-Two Interactive Software announced it had become the exclusive European distributor of ten Game Boy Color titles for Majesco Sales Inc. The titles included: Monopoly, Millipede, Frogger, Centipede, Breakout, Battleship, Missile Command, and three unnamed titles. Majesco was the exclusive Game Boy Color publisher for all of the above listed games (with the exception of Frogger for which it was the exclusive distributor).  Hasbro Interactive, the division of Hasbro Inc. licensed each property to Majesco. Take-Two planned to launch these titles in Europe between February and September of 1999.

February 8: Activision announced Asteroids, developed by Syrox Developments, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Game Boy/Game Boy Color, to ship spring 1999.

April 9: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. of France established the U.S. holdings company, California U.S. Holdings, Inc., for the purpose of investing in GT Interactive Software Corp. (of New York NY)

May 10: Hasbro Interactive announced it had signed a license agreement with Sony Signatures, consumer products division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, to bring Q*Bert to the PC and PlayStation.

May 13: Hasbro Interactive released all rights to the Atari Jaguar hardware platform, allowing software developers to create and publish software for the Jaguar system without having to obtain a licensing agreement with Hasbro Interactive.

May 13-15: At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Hasbro Interactive introduced, all under the Atari label: Pong, title by Atari Interactive; Missile Command, title by Atari Interactive; The Next Tetris, developed by Blue Planet Software, title by Elorg/The Tetris Company; and Q*Bert, title by Columbia Pictures Industries, all for PlayStation and for PC, all to ship by fall 1999.

Hasbro logo 1998-       Hasbro Interactive logo       Atari logo 1998-2001

Also at E3, Tiger Electronics (another subsidiary of Hasbro) introduced Centipede, title by Atari Interactive, for the Tiger Game.com (handheld) and the new Tiger game.com Pocket Pro handheld.

Additionally, Take-Two Interactive Software featured Centipede and Super Breakout, developed in conjunction with Majesco, for Game Boy Color.

June: Hasbro Interactive released Centipede by Atari Interactive, version by Real Sports Games, for PlayStation.

June 30: Hasbro Interactive announced the release of Atari Arcade Hits: Volume 1, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PC, featuring: Asteroids, Super Breakout, Centipede, Pong, Tempest, Missile Command (all by Atari Interactive).

Month?: Valerie C. Walls joined Atari Interactive as associate counsel.

September 8: Hasbro Interactive announced Centipede by Atari Interactive, developed by Leaping Lizard Software, for Dreamcast, to ship fall 1999.

September: Majesco released Missile Command, developed by The Code Monkeys, title by Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Color.

September 29: Activision announced the imminent release of Asteroids, developed by Syrox Developments, title by Atari Interactive, for Game Boy/Game Boy Color.

September: Telegames released Yars' Revenge, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Color.

Fall: Activision released Battlezone Gold Pack for PC, featuring Battlezone (1998, title licensed from Atari Interactive), Battlegrounds Authorized Level Pack (1998) by Macmillan Digital Publishing, and The Red Odyssey Authorized Mission Pack (1999) by Macmillan Digital Publishing, developed by Team Evolve.

Fall: Activision released Battlezone II: Combat Commander, developed by Pandemic Studios, for PC, Battlezone title licensed from Atari Interactive.

October 28: Hasbro Interactive announced the release, all under the Atari label, of: Pong, title by Atari Interactive, developed by Supersonic, for PC and PlayStation; Missile Command, title by Atari Interactive, developed by Meyer/Glass Interactive, for PC and PlayStation; Q*bert, title by Konami, developed by Artech Studios, for PC and PlayStation; Centipede, title by Atari Interactive, developed by Leaping Lizard Software, for Sega Dreamcast; Glover, developed by Interactive Studios, for PlayStation (1998 releases of Glover for N64 and PC were under the Hasbro Interactive label); Nerf ArenaBlast, developed by Visionary Media, for PC.

Also, Frogger, released under the Hasbro Interactive label for PC and for PlayStation in November 1997, was now considered part of the Atari product line.  And, Hasbro Interactive announced they would release, under the Atari label, a sequel to Frogger in 2000.

November 11: Majesco Sales, Inc. announced Pong, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Color, to ship in December, and also promoted their other current Game Boy Color titles licensed from Atari Interactive: Missile Command, Centipede, Super Breakout

December 14?: Crave Entertainment released Asteroids Hyper 64, Asteroids title licensed from Atari via Activision, for N64.

December: Through its California U.S. Holdings, Inc. subsidiary, Infogrames Entertainment S.A. acquired a controlling ownership share of GT Interactive Software Corp.

2000
February 11: Under the Atari label, Hasbro Interactive announced Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge, title by Konami, for PC and for PlayStation, to ship Sept. 2000; and announced Pac-Man, title by Namco, for PC, to ship Oct. 2000.  (Pac-Man would not ship with the Atari label.)

Spring: Crave Entertainment released Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs, developed by Climax Entertainment, for N64, based on Activision's Battlezone (1998), Battlezone title licensed from Atari Interactive.

March 23: MacSoft announced Asteroids by Activision, conversion by Metis International, for Macintosh, title licensed from Atari Interactive, expected to ship April 2000.

March 29: Quantum3D announced the UltraCade Multi-Game System for coin-op.

April 1?: Hasbro Interactive released Atari Arcade Hits: Volume 2, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PC, featuring: Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Warlords (all by Atari Interactive)

April 19: Hasbro Interactive announced it had reached a settlement with two defendants in an intellectual property suit involving several of its games. Acknowledging Hasbro Interactive's rights to games such as Centipede, Missile Command, and Tetris, GT Interactive and Varcon Systems agreed to cease sales of titles based on these and other properties Hasbro Interactive owned or licensed.

May 10: At E3 in Los Angeles, under the Atari label, Hasbro Interactive introduced Galaga: Destination Earth, developed by King of the Jungle, title licensed from Namco, for PlayStation, Game Boy Color, and for PC, to ship fall 2000.  It would ship under the Hasbro Interactive label rather than the Atari label.  Hasbro Interactive also introduced Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge for PC and PlayStation, to ship fall 2000.

May: The name of GT Interactive Software Corp., majority owned by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. via California U.S. Holdings, Inc., was changed to: Infogrames, Inc.

June: Sarah Robb O'Hagan, previously of Virgin Atlantic Airways/Virgin Entertainment Group, joined Atari Interactive as VP marketing.

Month?: Mike MacConnell joined Atari Interactive as brand manager.

September 7: Hasbro Interactive announced it had reached a favorable settlement in the intellectual property lawsuit against software companies distributing 'knock-off' versions of several Atari games. eGames, MVP Software and Webfoot Technologies consented to a federal court judgement that acknowledged Hasbro Interactive's copyrights to popular properties, such as Centipede, Missile Command, and Asteroids, and prohibited the sale of games cited in the suit. The settlement also included a payment to Hasbro Interactive for an undisclosed amount.

September 21: Hasbro Interactive announced the release of Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge, developed by Blitz Games, title by Konami, for PC, Dreamcast, PlayStation, and Game Boy Color.  Only early releases for PC and PlayStation would carry the Atari label.

September 21: Quantum3D announced the UltraCade Universal Kit.

October: Under the Atari label, Hasbro Interactive released Breakout, title by Atari Interactive, developed by Supersonic, for PC and for PlayStation.

Fall?: Hasbro Interactive released Atari's Greatest Hits, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PC, featuring: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords (all titles by Atari Interactive)

December 6: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. (France; founded June 1983) and Hasbro, Inc. jointly announced that they had entered into an agreement comprised of three main elements: 1) The acquisition by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. of Hasbro Interactive (including subsidiary Atari Interactive); 2) a long-term licensing agreement giving Infogrames Entertainment S.A. exclusive rights to develop and publish digital interactive games based on current and future Hasbro properties on all existing and future digital interactive formats; and 3) the acquisition by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. of Games.com.  Infogrames Entertainment S.A. would purchase 100% of the common stock of Hasbro Interactive and Games.com for $100 million - comprised of $95 million in Infogrames Entertainment S.A. securities (approximately 4.5 million common shares) and $5 million in cash. In addition, Hasbro would receive an annual guarantee from Infogrames Entertainment S.A. based on sales generated from the licensing agreement.

2001
January 22: HyperWare, Inc. and Quantum3D, Inc., announced the signing of license and distribution agreements making HyperWare the worldwide exclusive distributor of UltraCade.

January 23: The name of Hasbro Interactive, Inc. was changed to: Infogrames Interactive, Inc.

Infogrames logo     Infogrames Interactive, Inc.       Atari logo 1998-2001

January 26:

January 29: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. (Lyon, France) announced completion of its acquisition of Hasbro Interactive from Hasbro, renaming the subsidiary Infogrames Interactive, Inc.  Atari Interactive remained a wholly-owned subsidiary of the newly-renamed Infogrames Interactive, Inc.

March 20: At Infogrames Interactive, David Fremed was VP and Leslie C. Park was assistant secretary.

Winter/Spring?: Team Play released the coin-operated Classic Arcade Centipede / Missile Command / Millipede (coin-operated) developed by Cosmodog; titles by Infogrames Interactive, Inc., used under license from Midway Games West, Inc.

May/June: MacSoft released Centipede by Atari Interactive, developed by Leaping Lizard Software, ported by Westlake Interactive, for Macintosh.

June: MacSoft released Pong by Atari Interactive, developed by Supersonic, for Macintosh.

July 18: Infogrames announced the release of Atari Anniversary Edition by Infogrames Interactive and Atari Interactive, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PC and for Dreamcast, featuring: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords (all by Atari Interactive)

July 18?: MacSoft released Breakout by Atari Interactive, developed by Supersonic Software, ported by Varcon Systems, for Macintosh.

August 23: HyperWare announced the Midway Smash Pack 1 add-on for the UltraCade multi-game arcade system (the full rights to which HyperWare had recently acquired from Quantum3D), featuring Asteroids (title by Infogrames Interactive, Inc.), Defender, Defender II, Joust, KLAX, Robotron: 2084, Tapper, Toobin'   (source; source)

October 2: Infogrames announced Splashdown and MXRider, both for PlayStation 2, to ship within weeks under the newly reinvented Atari brand, licensed from Atari Interactive.

This Atari timeline will generally not track the use of the Atari brand (licensed from Atari Interactive) by Infogrames on properties not themselves assigned to Atari Interactive.

The Atari logo, licensed from Atari Interactive, took a new form (left) in NTSC markets, but retained its Hasbro-designed form (right) in PAL markets.  Both forms were often used horizontally (logo, then name), in additional to these more traditional vertical forms:

Infogrames logo       Atari logo 2001-2002         Atari logo 1998-2001

October: MacSoft released Q*Bert by Atari Interactive, properties licensed from Columbia Pictures Industries, developed by Artech Studios, for Macintosh.

November 20: Infogrames released Combat (new) by Atari Interactive, developed by Magic Lantern, for PC.

2002
March 26: Infogrames released Atari Anniversary Advance by Infogrames Interactive, developed by Digital Eclipse, for Game Boy Advance, featuring: Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest (all by Atari Interactive)

May 10: Infogrames released Atari Revival by Infogrames Interactive for PC, featuring: Missile Command (1999), Warlords (new), Combat (2001) (all by Atari Interactive)

May 14: JAKKS Pacific, Inc. announced that the company's subsidiary Toymax International has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Infogrames Interactive, Inc. to develop and market the Atari 10-In-1 TV Games, expected to ship third quarter 2002.

May 17: Motorola Inc. and iFone (an entertainment content provider for mobile phones and wireless devices) announced the signing of a global distribution deal to bring iFone's Java games, including Atari video game titles licensed from Infogrames, to Motorola's network operators, wireless portals, retail partners, and a selection of Motorola handsets.

June: T-Motion began offering iFone's Infogrames-licensed Atari Classics (Asteroids, Pong and Breakout) to their customer base in Germany.

August 28: mmO2 launched 'the O2 games arcade' - the first commercial Java games service in the U.K. - bringing pictures, colour, sound and an arcade feel to mobile gaming. All O2 games arcade games would be free to U.K. customers for one month from 1 to 30 September 2002. The service would launch across the other O2 territories (Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands) starting in October. Games offered within the O2 games arcade at launch included Atari classics Asteroids, Pong and Breakout, licensed from Infogrames via iFone.

September 9: mmO2 and Motorola, Inc. announced Motorola's Mobile Services Cafe, a new downloadable entertainment service that provided consumers with the ability to personalize and differentiate their mobile phones.  Content would be shared with O2's new commercial games service, the O2 games arcade, including mobile games such as retro classics Breakout, Asteroids and Pong from top brand Atari, licenses from Infogrames via iFone.

September 27: Infogrames released Atari Anniversary Edition Redux by Infogrames Interactive and Atari Interactive, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PlayStation, featuring: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Black Widow, Centipede, Gravitar, Missile Command, Pong, Space Duel, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords (all by Atari Interactive)

Fall: Infogrames adopted a new look for its Atari brand, licensed from Atari Interactive.  Often, the logo is used rotated 90° counterclockwise from this:

Infogrames logo     Atari logo 2002-2003

October: Atari Interactive VP marketing Sarah Robb O'Hagan departed the company.

October/November: Team Play released the coin-operated Retrocade Centipede/Millipede/Missile Command/Let's Go Bowling (25" upright, 19" Cabaret, or Kit), developed by Cosmodog; Centipede/Millipede/Missile Command titles by Infogrames Interactive, Inc., used under license from Midway Games West, Inc. (new game Let's Go Bowling developed by Cosmodog)

November 12: David Fremed was Atari Interactive SVP and CFO. (IP security agreement)

2003
February 12: JAKKS Pacific announced the Atari 10-in-1 TV Games device, properties licensed from Atari Interactive.  Games: Gravitar, Asteroids, Real Sports Volleyball, Centipede, Adventure, Pong, Missile Command, Breakout, Yars' Revenge, Circus Atari

Month?: Team Play released Retrocade Classic Edition: Centipede/Missile Command/Millipede/Let's Go Bowling (25" Upright, 19" Cabaret, or Kit), developed by Cosmodog, 1st three properties by Atari Interactive via Infogrames Interactive, used under license from Midway Games West. ("Bonus Game" Let's Go Bowling developed by Cosmodog)

April 29: The new corporate entity, Atari, Inc. was established by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. to take over the business of Infogrames, Inc., but this Atari, Inc. would end up unused.  Instead, a name change for Infogrames, Inc. would be executed on May 6, 2003.

April 30: Certificate of Ownership and Merger Merging Atari Interactive, Inc. with and into Infogrames Interactive, Inc. was executed by president Denis Guyennot.

May 6: Atari Interactive, Inc. (established Feb. 12, 1998 as HIAC XI, Corp.) was merged with and into Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (established Dec. 8, 1995 as Hasbro Interactive, Inc.), which was renamed to: Atari Interactive, Inc.

May 6: The name of Infogrames, Inc., majority owned by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. via California U.S. Holdings, Inc., was changed to Atari, Inc. -- Atari name licensed from the separately wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

May 7: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. adopted the Atari brand, licensed from Atari Interactive, for all operations.

Infogrames logo     Atari logo 2003-2009

Atari Interactive brand manager Mike MacConnell would depart the company.

September: Kristen Keller joined Atari as Director, Legal & Business Affairs.

November 14?: Atari released Atari: 80 Classics Games in One! by Atari Interactive, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PC featuring: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Black Widow, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Red Baron, Super Breakout, Space Duel, Tempest, and Warlords, and also featuring 62 titles originally published by Atari for the 2600.

November: Chicago Gaming and Ultracade Technologies released Arcade Legends (upright cabinet for home consumers).  27 games (initial release): 1942, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Berzerk, BombJack Twin, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Dark Stalkers, Ghosts 'n Goblins, Gunsmoke, Ladybug, Mega Man, Millipede, Missile Command, Mr. Do!, Mr. Do!'s Castle, Mr. Do!'s Wild Ride, Penguin Wars, Street Fighter II, Strider, Super Breakout, Super Dodge Ball, Tempest

2004
February 15: JAKKS Pacific announced the Atari Paddle TV Games device, properties licensed from Atari Interactive, to ship spring 2004.  Games: Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Casino, Circus Atari, Demons to Diamonds, Night Driver, Steeplechase, Street Racer, Super Breakout, Warlords, Warlords Arcade, Video Olympics, Arcade Pong and Pong. There would be be two types of units released: single player and two player.

Month?: Shannon Forry, previously of The Walt Disney Company, joined Atari Interactive as brand marketing consultant.

Month?: Atari Interactive associate counsel Valerie C. Walls departed the company.

May: UltraCade Technologies released the  now included 35 games, including several by Atari Interactive:

July: Frédéric Chesnais, previously COO and CFO for Infogrames Entertainment S.A. since July 2001, became CEO of Atari Interactive.

September 4: Atari announced Atari Anthology for PlayStation 2 and Xbox, to ship in November 2004. Properties licensed from Atari Interactive.

September 7: Atari announced the Atari Flashback Classic Game Console, by Atari Interactive, to ship in November 2004.  The 20 games would include 2600 versions of: Adventure, Air-Sea Battle, Battlezone, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Haunted House, Millipede, Saboteur, Sky Diver, Solaris, Sprintmaster, Warlords, and Yars' Revenge, and 7800 versions of: Asteroids, Centipede, Desert Falcon, Charley Chuck’s Food Fight, Planet Smashers

November 3: Harry M. Rubin was Atari Interactive SEVP. (IP agreement with Atari, Inc.)

November 16?: Atari released Atari Anthology by Atari Interactive, developed by Digital Eclipse, for PS2 and for Xbox featuring: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Black Widow, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Red Baron, Super Breakout, Space Duel, Tempest, and Warlords, and also featuring 67 titles originally published by Atari for the 2600.

November 18: Atari announced that the Atari Flashback Classic Game Console by Atari Interactive would be in stores the week of November 22.

December 4: Atari announced Retro Atari Classics by Atari Interactive, developed by Taniko, for Nintendo DS, to ship March 2005.

December 14: Destineer subsidiary MacSoft announced the release of Atari Arcade Classics, featuring Mac OS X compatible updates of previous MacSoft releases (all 2001): Centipede, Pong, Breakout

2005
March 16: Atari released Retro Atari Classics by Atari Interactive, developed by Taniko, for Nintendo DS featuring: Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Tempest, Warlords, Gravitar, Lunar Lander, Sprint

April 2-4: "Retro Redux" was a 24-hour game design competition by Atari and Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University.  Teams of students from New York-area colleges and universities competed to design a game based on the original Atari 2600 technology.

April 11: PixelPlay and Atari announced an agreement whereby PixelPlay would create and publish four classic Atari games and four Hasbro board game brands for interactive television platforms in the U.S. and Canada. PixelPlay would integrate Atari's original arcade games Centipede, Asteroids, Missile Command and Breakout for its interactive television subscribers.

April 27: Atari announced the summer 2005 launch of Atari Flashback 2.0, to feature Pong as well as 40 other classic games including Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Lunar Lander, Breakout, Missile Command, Combat as well as retro game and arcade classics.

June 21: Fossil, Inc. announced a line of fashion watches featuring vintage style and graphics based on best-selling 80's games such as Centipede, Breakout and Asteroids, properties licensed from Atari Interactive, to ship fall 2005.

Month?: Atari Interactive brand marketing consultant Shannon Forry departed the company.

Month?: lime, llc attorney Valerie C. Walls (Atari Interactive associate counsel from 1999-2004), became Atari Interactive outside counsel.

July 12: Atari announced a licensing agreement with Activision to include two of Activision's classic video game titles, Pitfall! and River Raid, in Atari's forthcoming Atari Flashback 2, to ship in August 2005.

August: Michael Rouette, previously Atari finance director, became Atari Interactive CFO.

August 15: Atari shipped the Atari Flashback 2, featuring 40 games: Asteroids, Pong, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Space Duel, Adventure, Adventure II, Haunted House, Return To Haunted House, Secret Quest, Wizard, 3D Tc-Tac-Toe, Aquaventure, Atari Climber, Combat, Combat 2, Dodge 'Em, Fatal Run, Frog Pond, Hangman, Human Cannonball, Maze Craze, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Pitfall!, Radar Lock, River Raid, Save Mary, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Caverns Of Mars, Quadrun, Saboteur, Space War, Yars' Revenge, Yars' Return

August 15?: DSI Games released Millipede / Super Breakout / Lunar Lander, developed by Gravity-I, titles by Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Advance.

August 21?: DSI Games released Pong / Asteroids / Yars' Revenge, titles by Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Advance.

August 21?: DSI Games released Centipede / Breakout / Warlords, developed by Epicenter Interactive, titles by Atari Interactive, for Game Boy Advance.

December: UltraCade Technologies released Ultimate Arcade (Costco exclusive; cabinet for home consumer use).  83 games, including 17 licensed from Atari Interactive: 1941, 1942, Arlington Horse Racing, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Bagman, Battlezone, Bezerk, Black Widow, Bomb Jack Twin, Centipede, Commando, Crystal Castles, Dark Stalkers, Do Run Run, Exed Exes, Frenzy, Ghosts n Goblins, Ghouls n Ghosts, Gimme A Break, Goal '92, Goalie Ghost, Golden Tee Golf, Golden Tee Golf II, Gravitar, Grid Iron Fight, Gunsmoke, Hat Trick, Hoccer, Hot Shots Tennis, Karate Champ, Lady Bug, Legendary Wings, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Major Havoc, Mega Man, Mercs, Millipede, Mini Golf, Missile Command, Mortal Kombat, Mr. Do!, Mr. Do's Caslte, Mr. Do's Wild Ride, Penguin Wars, Pinball Action, Pinbo, Red Baron, Ring King, Saboten Bomber, Section Z, Showdown, Side Arms, Side Pocket, Sno Brothers 2, Space Duel, Speed Spin, Speedball, Spiker, Street Fighter II CE, Street Football, Street Hoop, Strider, Super Breakout, Super Casino, Super Champion Baseball, Super Dodge Ball, Super Dodge Ball (neo), Super Doubles Tennis, Super Strike Bowling, Tag Team Wrestling, Tehkan World Cup, Tempest, Truxton 2, UltraSlot, US Championship Vball, Vulgus, Warlords, Wind Jammers, Zero Wing

2006
October 31: Atari released BattleZone by Atari Interactive, developed by Paradigm Entertainment, for PSP.

October?: Chicago Gaming Company released Ultimate Arcade 2 (Costco exclusive; cabinet for home consumer use).  100 games, including 16 Atari Interactive titles: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Black Widow, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Liberator, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Red Baron, Space Duel, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords

November 6: Microsoft announced that 6 classic Atari titles, developed by Stainless Games, were coming to Xbox Live Marketplace, beginning January 2007: Centipede/Millipede, Battlezone, Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe, Missile Command, Tempest, Warlords

December: Glu Mobile announced the launch of the classic arcade title, Centipede, owned by Atari Interactive and licensed by Atari, to ship first quarter 2007.

2007
April 30: Atari announced the launch of Centipede & Millipede, developed by Stainless Games, titles by Atari Interactive, onto Xbox LIVE Arcade, available for download beginning May 2.

Month?: Kristen Keller, previously Atari Director, Legal & Business Affairs, was promoted to Senior Director, Legal & Business Affairs.

August 21: Atari announced that Atari Classics Evolved for PSP, developed by Stainless Games, was scheduled for a Fall 2007 release.  11 main titles: Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords, Pong.  More than 60 2600 titles would be included as well.

July 2: Atari announced the launch of Missile Command, developed by Stainless Games, title by Atari Interactive, onto Xbox LIVE Arcade.

July: Atari Interactive CEO Frédéric Chesnais departed the company.

September 4: Glu Mobile announced the launch of Asteroids, title by Atari Interactive, for mobile phones.

Fall: released Arcade Legends 2

November 28: Stainless Games released Asteroids & Deluxe, titles by Atari Interactive, on Xbox Live Arcade on the XBox 360.

December 6: Glu Mobile announced the launch of Super Breakout, title by Atari Interactive, for mobile.

December 19: Atari announced the released of Atari Classics Evolved, developed by Stainless Games, titles by Atari Interactive, for PSP.

December 19: Stainless Games released Tempest, title by Atari Interactive, on Xbox Live Arcade on the XBox 360.

2008
January 1: Atari announced that Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe (titles by Atari Interactive) were now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, with three more Atari Classics coming soon (titles by Atari Interactive): Battlezone, Tempest, Warlords

January: David Gardner joined Atari as CEO.

January: Garrett Moehring, previously executive producer at NickJr. Boost, joined Atari Interactive as senior producer.

January: Ash Monif, previously of IDI Entertainment, joined Atari Interactive as a producer.

April 16: Stainless Games released Battlezone, title by Atari Interactive, on Xbox Live Arcade.

April 24: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. established the indirect (via California U.S. Holdings, Inc.) wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Irata Acquisition Corp., for the purpose of acquiring 100% ownership of Atari, Inc.

April 30: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. and Atari, Inc. announced that they had reached a definitive agreement to merge.  Through California U.S. Holdings, Inc., Infogrames Entertainment S.A. would acquire the remaining outstanding equity interests of Atari, Inc. (other than shares of common stock held by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. or its affiliates, which would be cancelled) for US$1.68 per share, equivalent to a cash payment of approximately US$11 million. Through California U.S. Holdings, Inc., Infogrames Entertainment S.A. was already controlling majority shareholder in Atari, Inc., holding approximately 51.4%. Following the merger, through California U.S. Holdings, Inc., Atari, Inc. would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A.

May: Fabrice Hamaide joined Atari as CFO - CRO.

May 28: Stainless Games released Warlords, title by Atari Interactive, for Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360.

June 5: At Atari Interactive: Thomas Schmider was president, Frederic Chesnais was CEO, Michael Rouette was CFO, and Bruno Bonnell was a director.

August: Atari Interactive CFO Michael Rouette departed the company.

September: Kristen Keller, previously Atari Senior Director, Legal & Business Affairs, was promoted to Atari VP & General Counsel.

September 23: Atari released Super Breakout and Missile Command, both by Atari Interactive, for iPhone.

October 8: Irata Acquisition Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A., was merged with and into Atari, Inc.  As a result of the Merger, each share of Atari, Inc. common stock held at the close of business on October 8 (other than treasury shares, any shares owned by Infogrames Entertainment S.A. or its affiliates and any shares as to which stockholders of Atari, Inc. had perfected rights under Section 262 of the Delaware General Corporation Law) automatically converted into a right to receive a cash payment of $1.68 per share, without interest.

October 9: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. announced that it had completed the acquisition of Atari, Inc.  Atari, Inc. was now a wholly owned subsidiary of California U.S. Holdings, Inc., itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment S.A.

December 7?: Atari released Centipede by Atari Interactive for iPhone.

2009
March: Atari Interactive senior producer Garrett Moehring departed the company.

March: Atari Interactive producer Ash Monif departed the company.

March: Atari Interactive VP Intellectual Property, Business Development & Affairs Group Kathy Butters departed the company.

May 29: Infogrames Entertainment S.A. announced that the company would now be known as Atari S.A. -- Atari name licensed from the wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

Atari logo 2003-2009

November 23: Atari announced the phase one re-launch of Atari.com.  The new Atari Arcade section of the web site would feature free official online versions of games by Atari Interactive, each developed by Code Mystics, including: Adventure, Asteroids, Battlezone, Crystal Castles, Lunar Lander, Yars' Revenge

2010
January 20: Atari announced the Flashback 2+ game console by Atari Interactive, to ship February 22. 

Atari logo 2010- 

January 22: Atari announced the addition of Gravitar and Asteroids Deluxe, both by Atari Interactive, both developed by Code Mystics, to the Atari Arcade section (online free play) of Atari.com.

February 22: Atari shipped the Flashback 2+ by Atari Interactive. 40 games (20 2600 classics and 20 rare or unreleased): 3D Tic Tac Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Aquaventure, Arcade Asteroids, Arcade Pong, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Combat, Combat 2, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Frog Pond, Hangman, Haunted House, Human Cannonball, Lunar Lander, Maze Craze, Millipede, Missile Command, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Quadrun, Radar Lock, Realsports Boxing, Realsports Soccer, Return to Haunted House, Saboteur, Save Mary, Secret Quest, Space Duel, Space War, Super Baseball, Super Football, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Yars' Return, Yars' Revenge

February 22: Atari announced the free, 30th anniversary edition ("OMGPOP Remix") of Missile Command, developed by OMGPOP, licensed by Atari Interactive, available at www.missilecommand.com.  The web site would also offer a classic "Arcade" edition, developed by Code Mystics.

March 24: Microsoft released Game Pack 001 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Asteroids Deluxe (arcade), Combat (2600), Crystal Castles (arcade), Lunar Lander (arcade), Outlaw (2600), Red Baron (arcade), Yars’ Revenge (2600)

March 24: Microsoft released Game Pack 002 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Adventure (2600), Centipede (arcade), Gravitar (arcade), Millipede (2600), RealSports Tennis (2600), Star Raiders (2600), Tempest (arcade)

April 19: Atari S.A. announced the addition of Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of the original Atari Inc.), and Tom Virden to the board of directors, replacing the departed David Gardner and Phil Harrison.

May 5: Microsoft released Game Pack 003 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Battlezone (arcade), Canyon Bomber (2600), Night Driver (2600), RealSports Volleyball (2600), Super Breakout (arcade)

May: Atari CEO David Gardner departed the company.

May 19: Microsoft released Game Pack 004 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Asteroids (arcade), Demons to Diamonds (2600), Haunted House (2600), Millipede (arcade), Space Duel (arcade)

June 2: Microsoft released Game Pack 005 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Air-Sea Battle (2600), Circus Atari (2600), Liberator (arcade), Missile Command (arcade), Video Pinball (2600)

June: Kristen Keller, previously Atari VP & General Counsel, was promoted to Atari SVP & General Counsel.

June 23: Microsoft released Game Pack 006 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Major Havoc (arcade), Black Widow (arcade), Casino (2600), Sky Diver (2600), Warlords (arcade)

July 8: Blik announced three Blik Re-Stik movable/reusable wall decals with themes licensed from Atari Interactive: Asteroids, Centipede, Pong

July 14: Microsoft released Game Pack 007 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Gravitar (2600), Asteroids (2600), Quadrun (2600)

July 14: Atari announced Haunted House, developed by ImaginEngine, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Wii, Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, and Windows PC Download, to ship by October 2010.

August 2: Atari announced the addition of 4 new titles by Atari Interactive to the Play Atari (formerly, Atari Arcade) web site, each developed by Code Mystics: Tempest, Centipede, Missile Command, Millipede.  The Play Atari edition of Missile Command was identical to the "Arcade" edition offered at www.missilecommand.com.

August 4: Microsoft released Game Pack 008 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe (2600), Centipede (2600), Dodge 'Em (2600), Maze Craze (2600)

August 25: Atari announced Atari's Greatest Hits: Volume 1, developed by Code Mystics, titles licensed from Atari Interactive, for Nintendo DS, to ship in November.  50 games included. Atari arcade titles: Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Gravitar, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Pong, Space Duel, Tempest. Atari 2600 titles: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Air-Sea Battle, Asteroids, Atari Video Cube, Basketball, Battlezone, Bowling, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Dodge 'Em, Flag Capture, Football, Fun with Numbers, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Math Gran Prix, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Outlaw, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Boxing, Realsports Football, Realsports Tennis, Realsports Volleyball, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Stellar Track, Submarine Commander, Surround, Swordquest Earthworld, Swordquest Fireworld, Swordquest Waterworld, Tempest, Video Checkers

August 25: Microsoft released Game Pack 009 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: A Game of Concentration (2600), Super Breakout (2600), Video Chess (2600)

September 22: Microsoft released Game Pack 010 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Bowling (2600), Missile Command (2600), Radar Lock (2600), Street Racer (2600), Submarine Commander (2600)

September 30: Atari announced that Haunted House, developed by ImaginEngine, title licensed from Atari Interactive, was now available for Wii and Windows PC, with Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 version to arrive in October.

October 1: Atari released Haunted House, title by Atari Interactive, developed by Code Mystics, on Play Atari.

October 14: Atari announced Star Raiders, developed by Incinerator Studios, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC Download, to ship in early 2011.

October 27: Haunted House, developed by ImaginEngine, title licensed from Atari Interactive, was released on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360.

October 27: Microsoft released Game Pack 011 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Breakout (2600), Double Dunk (2600), Golf (2600), Human Cannonball (2600), Miniature Golf (2600), Space War (2600), Sprint Master (2600), Super Football (2600)

November 17: Atari announced Yar's Revenge, developed by Killspace Entertainment, title licensed from Atari Interactive, for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC Download, to ship in early 2011.

November 24: Microsoft released Game Pack 012 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Food Fight (arcade), Off the Wall (2600), Warlords (2600)

December 4: Atari released Asteroids Online, title by Atari Interactive, on Play Atari.

December 22: Microsoft released Game Pack 013 for Game Room on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, developed by Krome Studios, including Atari Interactive titles: Codebreaker (2600), Desert Falcon (2600), Football (2600), RealSports Baseball (2600), Star Ship (2600), Surround (2600)

2011
January 6: Atari announced Atari's Greatest Hits: Volume 2, developed by Code Mystics, titles licensed from Atari Interactive, for Nintendo DS, to ship spring 2011.  50 games included.  Atari arcade titles: Asteroids Deluxe, Black Widow, Crystal Castles, Liberator, Major Havoc, Millipede, Red Baron, Super Breakout, Warlords.  Atari 2600 titles: Breakout, Crystal Castles, Millipede, Super Breakout, Video Pinball, Warlords, Return to Haunted House, Secret Quest, Canyon Bomber, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat Two, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Off-the-Wall, Radar Lock, Golf, Double Dunk, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Super Baseball, Super Football, Video Olympics, A Game of Concentration, Backgammon, Basic Programming, Brain Games, Code Breaker, Maze Craze, Video Chess, Black Jack, Casino, Fatal Run, Night Driver, Steeplechase, Street Racer, Quadrun, Sentinel, Space War, Star Raiders, Yars' Revenge

March 29: Atari announced Warlords, developed by Griptonite Games, title by Atari Interactive, for Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 and for PlayStation Network, to ship summer 2011.

April 7: Atari released Atari's Greatest Hits by Atari Interactive, developed by Code Mystics, for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad), featuring a free version of Pong plus 17 more classic Atari arcade games and 92 Atari 2600 games.

April 13: Atari announced the release of Yar's Revenge, developed by Killspace Entertainment, title licensed from Atari Interactive, on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360.

April?: Atari released Yars' Revenge: First War, title by Atari Interactive, on Play Atari.

April 19: Atari announced Centipede: Infestation, developed by WayForward, title by Atari Interactive, for Nintendo 3DS and Wii, to ship fall 2011.

May 11: Atari announced the release of Star Raiders, developed by Incinerator Studios, title by Atari Interactive, for Xbox 360 and Windows PC Download.

June: Kristen Keller, previously Atari SVP & General Counsel, was promoted to Atari EVP & General Counsel.

August 3: Discovery Bay Games announced it had partnered with Atari to develop, manufacture and distribute an analog controller gaming accessory to work with Atari's Greatest Hits App for iPad.

August 17: At Atari Interactive, James Wilson was president and CEO, Kristen Keller was secretary, Fabrice Hamaide was CFO, and David Gardner was a director.

August: (after August 17) Robert Mattes joined Atari, including Atari Interactive, as CFO, replacing Fabrice Hamaide who departed the company.

September 8: IGT announced its product lineup for Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2011, to be held Oct. 3-6 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.  The IGT Core product line would include: Atari Centipede slots, title by Atari Interactive.

September: AtGames released the Atari Flashback 3, licensed by Atari Interactive.  60 Atari 2600 games included: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Air-Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Battlezone, Bowling, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat 2, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Frog Pond, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Home Run, Haunted House, Human Cannonball, Maze Craze, Minature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off the Wall, Outlaw, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Saboteur, Save Mary!, Secret Quest, Sky Diver, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Pinball, Wizard, Yars' Revenge

October 3: Atari and Discovery Bay Games announced the release of the Atari Arcade for use with the Atari's Greatest Hits app on the iPad.

October 25: Atari announced the release of Centipede: Infestation, developed by WayForward, title by Atari Interactive, for Nintendo 3DS and Wii.

November 2: Atari released Atari's Greatest Hits by Atari Interactive, developed by Code Mystics, for Android, featuring a free version of Missile Command plus 17 more classic Atari arcade games and 92 Atari 2600 games.

November 10: Atari released Asteroids: Gunner, developed by Fluik Entertainment, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch.

December 6: Atari announced the release of Atari's Greatest Hits by Atari Interactive, for Kindle Fire, featuring a free version of Missile Command plus 17 more classic Atari arcade games and 92 Atari 2600 games.

December 15: Atari released Breakout: Boost, developed by SixHourSoft, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

2012
January 24: Atari released Breakout: Boost+, developed by SixHourSoft, title by Atari Interactive, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

February 7: Atari announced the release of the Valentine's Day Pack for Breakout: Boost or Breakout: Boost+ for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

February 7: General Mills, Atari, and Target announced five 80s themed retro Big G cereal packages, available exclusively at Target stores from February 7 through mid-March.  Big G cereals participating included: Cinnamon Toast Crunch (17 oz.), Cheerios (18 oz.), Lucky Charms (16 oz.), Cocoa Puffs (16.5 oz.), Honey Nut Cheerios (17 oz.).  Consumers could also visit www.grocerysavvy.com to further test their skills at Centipede and to enter in a sweepstakes for a chance to win Target Gift Cards and Atari merchandise.

February 9: Atari released Asteroids: Gunner +, developed by Fluik Entertainment, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

April 1-4: IGT featured Reel Edge Atari Centipede slots, title by Atari Interactive, at the National Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention 2012 (NIGA 2012), San Diego, Calif.

May 17: Atari released Circus Atari, developed by Strawdog Studios, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Atari logo (2012)

June 21: Atari released Centipede: Origins, developed by Koolhaus Games, title by Atari Interactive, on the App Store (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) and on Google Play (Android).

July 10: At Atari Interactive, James Wilson remained president and CEO, Kristen Keller remained secretary, and Robert Mattes remained CFO.

August 8: Atari launched Atari Arcade, built at gskinner.com, presented by Microsoft Internet Explorer, featuring re-imagined versions of Atari Interactive properties: Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Yars' Revenge

October 9: Atari announced the release of Warlords, developed by Griptonite, title by Atari Interactive, for PS3 on PlayStation Network.

October 11: Atari and Zynga announced the release of Super Bunny Breakout, developed by Curious Brain, title by Atari Interactive, on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

October: Mattel released six Atari Nostalgia Hot Wheels cars, properties licensed from Atari Interactive: Atari 2600 GMC Motorhome, Centipede Cool-One, Pong Custom '52 Chevy, Tempest '55 Chevy Panel, Breakout '49 Ford C.O.E., Missile Command Fast Gassin

October 24: Atari announced the upcoming releases of Outlaw and Atari Casino, titles by Atari Interactive, for iOS.

November 1: Atari announced the release of Outlaw, developed by Flying Wisdom Studios, title by Atari Interactive, on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

November 12: AtGames announced the release of the Atari Flashback 4, licensed by Atari Interactive.  75 Games: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Air·Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Battlezone, Black Jack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Circus Atari, Combat Two, Combat, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Football, Frog Pond, Front Line, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Grand Prix, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Jungle Hunt, Maze Craze, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Polaris, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Return to Haunted House, Saboteur, Save Mary, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Solaris, Space Invaders, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Tempest, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Olympics, Video Pinball, Warlords, Wizard, Yars' Revenge

November 14: Atari announced the release of Warlords, developed by Griptonite, title by Atari Interactive, on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360.

November 29: Atari announced the release of Pong World, developed by zGames, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

December 4: AtGames released the Atari Flashback 4: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, licensed by Atari Interactive.  Same as the Atari Flashback 4 but additionally shipped with set of paddle controllers, 5 collectible posters, and a copy of the original Atari joystick patent signed by Nolan Bushnell.

December 17: Atari released Atari Casino, developed by Escalation Studios, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone and iPad.

2013
January 21: Atari S.A. and its U.S. entities (Atari Inc., Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous, Inc. and California U.S. Holdings, Inc.) requested filings for Book 6 procedures in France and Chapter 11 protection in the United States (U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York).

February 5: Atari S.A. announced the withdrawal of their filing for bankruptcy protection.  The bankruptcy proceedings for Atari's US subsidiaries, including Atari Interactive, would proceed.

March 6: Robert Mattes remained Atari Interactive CFO.

May: Mattel announced the Hot Wheels Atari Asteroids Beach Bomb Pickup (San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusive), property licensed from Atari Interactive.

May 29: Atari S.A. announced that the auction for the "Atari brand / Atari Classics / Atari Casino" rights (properties of Atari Interactive) would be July 19, 2013, minimum bid $15,000,000.  Also, the auction for the "Battlezone Franchise" rights (properties of Atari Interactive) would be July 18, 2013, minimum bid $250,000.

June 17-19: International Game Technology announced the release of IGT Reel Edge Atari Centipede slots (property licensed from Atari Interactive) at the Canadian Gaming Summit (CGS) at the Palais Des Congres in Montreal, Canada.

July 18: As part of the Atari Inc. bankruptcy proceedings, the "Battlezone Franchise" rights (properties of Atari Interactive) were sold by Atari to UK studio Rebellion Interactive.

July 19: As part of the Atari Inc. bankruptcy proceedings, the "Atari brand / Atari Classics / Atari Casino" rights (properties of Atari Interactive) were slated to be sold via auction, but no qualifying bids were received.

September 23-26: IGT featured Atari Centipede Video Reel Edge slots (property licensed from Atari Interactive) at the Global Gaming Expo 2013 (G2E 2013) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

November 12-14: IGT featured Atari Centipede Video Reel Edge slots (property licensed from Atari Interactive) at South American Gaming Suppliers Expo (SAGSE) Buenos Aires.

November?: AtGames released the Atari Flashback 64, licensed by Atari Interactive.  64 Games: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Air·Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Battlezone, Bowling, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat 2, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Frog Pond, Front Line, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Jungle Hunt, Maze Craze, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Polaris, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Saboteur, Save Mary, Sky Diver, Space Invaders, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Pinball, Warlords, Wizard, Yars' Revenge

December 5: Atari Inc. received court approval of its plan to exit bankruptcy under the control of its French parent Atari S.A.  Judge James Peck of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, presiding.

December 24: Atari S.A. regained control of its US subsidiaries, including Atari Interactive, as the final outcome of the bankruptcy proceedings that had concluded on December 5, 2013.  Kristen J. Keller was Atari Interactive EVP and general counsel.

2014
February 3: Atari S.A. established the new wholly owned U.S. holdings subsidiary, Atari Capital Partners, Corp. -- Atari name licensed from the separately wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

March 26: Atari and FlowPlay announced Atari Casino, a premier social casino gaming platform.  Social casino games would be delivered online, on Facebook, or via iOS and Android devices.  Coming fall 2014, Atari Casino would extend brands including AsteroidsBreakout, Centipede, and Missile Command to classic casino games like slots, poker, and blackjack.

April 4: Through the wholly owned subsidiary, Atari Capital Partners, Corp., Atari S.A. established the wholly owned subsidiary, Atari Mobile Games, LLC -- Atari name licensed from the separately wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

April 7: Through the wholly owned subsidiary, Atari Capital Partners, Corp., Atari S.A. established the wholly owned subsidiary, Atari Casino, LLC -- Atari name licensed from the separately wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

April 15: Atari and Pariplay, part of a joint venture with Majesco Entertainment Company and developer of iGaming and iLottery programs, announced a partnership to launch Atari's video game brands across real money gambling formats, including iLottery, social, online and mobile platforms. In addition, Pariplay would distribute Atari branded games throughout the Pariplay network.  To launch late 2014, the Atari real money gambling web site would feature games including Centipede, Asteroids, Tempest, Pong, and Missile Command, among others.

May 15: Atari announced the release of Haunted House, developed by Kung Fu Factory, title by Atari Interactive, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

June 27: The Atari Group Chapter 11 proceedings were definitively closed by the US bankruptcy judge.

July 1: Denny’s and Atari announced versions of Asteroids, Centipede and Breakout (titles by Atari Interactive) called “Hashteroids,” “Centipup” and “Take-Out” available on the Denny’s mobile app for iPhone and Android devices.

July 21: Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that the studio had brought together video game companies, whose classic properties, including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede and Missile Command from Atari Interactive, would be featured in the action comedy Pixels, to be released on May 15, 2015.

August 19: Atari announced that a re-imagined version of the classic title, Haunted House (title by Atari Interactive) was coming to PC in Fall 2014.

August 31: Atari announced Haunted House: Cryptic Graves, developed by Dreampainters, title by Atari Interactive, for PC.

October: AtGames released Atari Flashback 5, licensed by Atari Interactive.  92 games total.  72 titles by Atari Interactive: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Air·Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Black Jack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat Two, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Football, Frog Pond, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Jungle Hunt, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, Night Driver, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Polaris, Pong (Video Olympics), Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Saboteur, Save Mary, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Space Invaders, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Tempest, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Pinball, Warlords, Wizard, Yars' Revenge.  12 titles by M Network: Air Raiders, Armor Ambush, Astroblast, Dark Cavern, Frogs and Flies, International Soccer, Super Challenge Baseball, Super Challenge Football, Space Attack, Star Strike, Sea Battle, Sword Fight.  1 title by Coleco: Front Line.  7 homebrew titles: Adventure II, Chase It, Escape It, Miss It, Return to Haunted House, Shield Shifter, Strip Off

October 28: Atari, in partnership with FlowPlay, announced the launch of the online social casino game, Atari Jackpots, featuring classic Atari Interactive brands including Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Tempest, Gravitar, and Crystal Castles.

November 5: Atari and Pariplay announced the release of Atari Casino, a real-money gaming website including Atari-themed games across various platforms, including the Atari Interactive titles Asteroids, Star Raiders, Centipede, Pong, and more.

November 25: Atari announced the release of Haunted House: Cryptic Graves, developed by Dreampainters Software, title by Atari Interactive, for PC, on Steam.

December 17: Atari announced Atari Fit, a gamified fitness app for mobile devices, developed by 8BitFit and Gametheory, with unlockable Atari Interactive games including Pong, Centipede, and Super Breakout, to ship early 2015.

2015
February 10: Atari announced the upcoming release of Asteroids: Outpost, developed by Salty Games, produced/marketed/distributed by Asteroids Productions, LLC, title by Atari Interactive, for PC.  Asteroids Productions, LLC was the new name for the subsidiary of Atari Capital Partners, Corp. previously known as: Atari Mobile Games, LLC -- new company name licensed from the separately wholly owned Atari S.A. subsidiary, Atari Interactive, Inc.

March 19: Atari announced the launch of Atari Fit for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.  (app that incentivizes users to get fit, stronger and healthier while earning points to unlock Atari games including PongSuper Breakout, and Centipede)

March 27: Atari announced Early Access availability for Asteroids: Outpost, developed by Salty Games, title by Atari Interactive, for PC, on Steam.

July 6: Dynamite Entertainment announced a collaborative publishing agreement with Atari. The deal included rights for a comprehensive retrospective hardcover book, collecting game production and concept artwork, photos, behind-the-scenes info, marketing art, other details on the company and its games, and interviews with key people involved in Atari's rich history. The deal also included the right to create original comics and graphic novels based on Atari properties such as Asteroids, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Missile Command, Tempest, and Yars' Revenge, as well as the right to reprint existing comic material such as the Atari Force comics that were originally published from 1982-1986

September: AtGames released Atari Flashback 6, licensed by Atari Interactive.  100 games total.  78 titles by Atari Interactive: 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Air·Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Asteroids, Backgammon, Basketball, Black Jack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat Two, Crystal Castles, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Football, Frog Pond, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Indy 500, Jungle Hunt, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Missile Command, MotoRodeo,  Night Driver, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Polaris, Pong (Video Olympics), Radar Lock, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Saboteur, Save Mary, Secret Quest, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Solaris, Swordquest: Waterworld, Space Invaders, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Football, Surround, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Tempest, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Pinball, Warlords, Wizard, Yars' Revenge.  12 titles by M Network: Air Raiders, Armor Ambush, Astroblast, Dark Cavern, Frogs and Flies, International Soccer, Super Challenge Baseball, Super Challenge Football, Space Attack, Star Strike, Sea Battle, Sword Fight.  1 title by Coleco: Front Line.  9 homebrew titles: Adventure II, Atari Climber, Chase It, Escape It, Miss It, Return to Haunted House, Shield Shifter, Strip Off, Yars' Return

2016
January 21: Atari announced they would preview the PC title, Atari Vault, under development by Code Mystics, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, near PAX South 2016, January 29-31 (held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX).

February 2-4: At ICE Totally Gaming 2016 held at ExCeL London, Pariplay launched the real-money online slot Black Widow, based on the Atari Interactive arcade game.

March 2: Atari announced it had entered into a license agreement with Google, Inc., allowing it to use Breakout, title by Atari Interactive, for promotional activities in development.

March 7: The Colorado Lottery introduced a new $2 Atari scratch ticket, featuring Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, and Missile Command properties licensed from Atari Interactive.

March 24: Atari announced the launch of Atari Vault, developed by Code Mystics, on Steam for Windows, featuring 100 Atari arcade and Atari 2600 games. 

May 26: Atari launched Atari Vault, developed by Code Mystics, on Steam for SteamOS+Linux.

June 24: Atari announced a co-production agreement with award-winning, hip-hop legend RZA, the producer, rapper and original member of the Wu-Tang Clan.  The partnership was to serve as a platform to create new music based and inspired by the sounds and music in Atari’s collection of games.

June 29: Atari and AtGames Digital Media Ltd., announced Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 and Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2, each developed by Code Mystics, and each to be available both digitally and at retail in Holiday 2016.  Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 titles: 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe (2600), Air-Sea Battle (2600), Backgammon (2600), Basketball (2600), Black Widow (Arcade), Blackjack (2600), Bowling (2600), Canyon Bomber (2600), Centipede (2600), Centipede (Arcade), Circus Atari (2600), Combat (2600), Combat 2 (2600), Desert Falcon (2600), Dodge ‘Em (2600), Fatal Run (2600), Football (2600), Home Run (2600), Human Cannonball (2600), Liberator (Arcade), Lunar Lander (Arcade), Millipede (2600), Millipede (Arcade), Miniature Golf (2600), Pong (Arcade), Quadrun (2600), Radar Lock (2600), Realsports Boxing (2600), Realsports Football (2600), Realsports Soccer (2600), Realsports Volleyball (2600), Save Mary (2600), Slot Machine (2600), Slot Racers (2600), Space Duel (Arcade), Sprint Master (2600), Star Raiders (2600), Steeplechase (2600), Stunt Cycle (2600), Super Baseball (2600), Super Football (2600), Swordquest: Earthworld (2600), Swordquest: Fireworld (2600), Swordquest: Waterworld (2600), Tempest (2600), Tempest (Arcade), Video Olympics (2600), Warlords (2600), Warlords (Arcade), Yars’ Revenge (2600).  Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 titles: A Game of Concentration (2600), Adventure (2600), Asteroids (2600), Asteroids (Arcade), Asteroids Deluxe (Arcade), Atari Video Cube (2600), Basic Math (2600), Brain Games (2600), Breakout (2600), Casino (2600), Championship Soccer (2600), Checkers (2600), Chess (2600), Code Breaker (2600), Crystal Castles (2600), Crystal Castles (Arcade), Demons to Diamonds (2600), Double Dunk (2600), Flag Capture (2600), Golf (2600), Gravitar (2600), Gravitar (Arcade), Hangman (2600), Haunted House (2600), Major Havoc (Arcade), Maze Craze (2600), Missile Command (2600), Missile Command (Arcade), Night Driver (2600), Off the Wall (2600), Outlaw (2600), Race (2600), Realsports Baseball (2600), Realsports Basketball (2600), Realsports Tennis (2600), Red Baron (Arcade), Return to Haunted House (2600), Secret Quest (2600), Sentinel (2600), Sky Diver (2600), Spacewar (2600), Sprint (Arcade), Starship (2600), Stellar Track (2600), Street Racer (2600), Sub Commander (2600), Super Breakout (2600), Super Breakout (Arcade), Surround (2600), Video Pinball (2600)

July 21: Pariplay and Atari announced the launch of their Atari Asteroids instant-win game (title by Atari Interactive).

July 27: AtGames Digital Media announced Atari Flashback 7 (101 games) and Atari Flashback Portable (60 games), each to ship October 2016.

August 24: Atari and Pariplay announced the upcoming launch of the Atari Lotto online site, to open by the end of 2016.

September 14: AtGames Digital Media announced the game list for the Atari Flashback 7, to ship October 2016.  101 games: 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe, Adventure, Adventure II, Air Raiders, Air·Sea Battle, Aquaventure, Armor Ambush, Asteroids, Astroblast, Atari Climber, Backgammon, Basketball, Black Jack, Bowling, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Centipede, Championship Soccer, Chase It!, Circus Atari, Combat, Combat Two, Crystal Castles, Dark Cavern, Demons to Diamonds, Desert Falcon, Dodge 'Em, Double Dunk, Escape It!, Fatal Run, Flag Capture, Football, Frog Pond, Frogger, Frogs and Flies, Front Line, Fun with Numbers, Golf, Gravitar, Hangman, Haunted House, Home Run, Human Cannonball, Indy 500, International Soccer, Jungle Hunt, Maze Craze, Millipede, Miniature Golf, Miss It!, Missile Command, Motorodeo, Night Driver, Off The Wall, Outlaw, Polaris, Pong (Video Olympics), Radar Lock, Realsports Baseball, Realsports Basketball, Realsports Soccer, Realsports Volleyball, Return to Haunted House, Saboteur, Save Mary, Sea Battle, Secret Quest, Shield Shifter, Sky Diver, Slot Machine, Slot Racers, Solaris, Space Attack, Space Invaders, Space War, Sprintmaster, Star Ship, Star Strike, Steeplechase, Stellar Track, Street Racer, Strip Off, Submarine Commander, Super Baseball, Super Breakout, Super Challenge Baseball, Super Challenge Football, Super Football, Surround, Sword Fight, Swordquest: Earthworld, Swordquest: Fireworld, Swordquest: Waterworld, Tempest, Video Checkers, Video Chess, Video Pinball, Warlords, Wizard, Yars’ Return, Yars’ Revenge

October 11: ​Atari and AtGames Digital Media announced the release of Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 and Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 on PlayStation 4.

November 2: Atari and AtGames announced the release of Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 and Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 on Xbox One.

2017
February 20: Dynamite Entertainment announced the Atari comic book series SwordQuest, title by Atari Interactive, to debut with issue #0 in May 2017 (and priced at 25¢).

TODAY:
Atari Interactive, Inc. is a division of Atari S.A. of Paris, France.  According to Atari (Feb. 2017):

Atari (www.atari.com) is an interactive entertainment production company. As an iconic brand that transcends generations and audiences, the company is globally recognized for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment and licensed products. Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world-renowned brands like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, and RollerCoaster Tycoon®.  Atari has offices in New York and Paris.

Atari logo (2012)


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