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June 26: Namco Ltd. (of Japan), via Namco-America, Inc., purchased Atari Operations, Inc. from Atari Games Corporation. Atari Operations would continue operations at more than 40 "Barrel of Fun" and "2001" entertainment center locations in the western and southeastern U.S. Atari Operations would also assume responsibility for Funtasia at Pier 39, San Francisco, on behalf of Namco-America.
Kevin Hayes, previously Atari Games EVP Atari Operations, became Namco-America EVP Atari Operations. Richard W. Adams remained Atari Operations VP Southern Region, and David L. Bishop remained Atari Operations VP Western Region.
July 17: Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation for Atari Operations, Inc. was executed by Atari Operations president Masahiro Tachibana and secretary Jerald P. Shaevitz, changing the name of the company to: Namco Operations, Inc.
July 23: The name of Atari Operations, Inc. was changed to: Namco Operations, Inc.
October 5: Namco Operations launched the Cyber Station name and concept, planning to implement it at all existing and future locations, and thereby planning to phase-out the Funtasia, Barrel of Fun, 2001, and Atari Expo concepts. (trademark "first use anywhere" date)
December 21: Namco Operations opened the first Cyber Station location (possibly Pier 39 at San Francisco, as the first and flagship location for the new Cyber Station concept?). (trademark "first use in commerce" date)
June 1: Namco Operations officers included CEO Masahiro Tachibana, secretary Jerald P. Shaevitz, and CFO Masahiro Tachibana. Directors included Ryuji Hashiguchi, Shunji Iki, and Masahiro Tachibana. Address: 3255-1 Scott Blvd, Suite 102, Santa Clara CA.
September 1: Namco Ltd. of Japan, which opened its first Cyber Station Amusement Zone two years earlier in the U.S., would have 54 such entertainment spots by year end. (WSJpB1)
December 21: Namco announced the purchase of Aladdin's Castle, Inc., operator of 276 Aladdin's Castle arcades locations. Separately, Namco Operations now owned about 50 arcades (primarily operating as Cyber Station).
March 1: Namco Operations, Inc. officers: president & CFO Kevin Hayes, VP David L. Bishop, VP Richard W. Adams, secretary A. Shunji Iki, assistant secretary Don Davis. Namco Operations directors: Hayes, Bishop, Adams, Iki, Masahiro Tachibana, William Pelafas, Keiji Tanaka
May 24: Namco Operations officers included CEO Masahiro Tachibana, secretary A. Shunji Iki, and CFO Kevin Hayes. Don Davis was assistant secretary. Address: 3255-1 Scott Blvd, Suite 102, Santa Clara CA
May 20: Certificate of Merger of Namco Operations, Inc. into Aladdin's Castle, Inc. was executed by Namco Operations president Kevin Hayes and secretary William T. Pelafas.
June 1: Namco merged its Namco Operations, Inc. subsidiary into its Aladdin's Castle, Inc. subsidiary, which was renamed Namco Cybertainment, Inc.
Last updated: 2014.10.25