HISTORY: 50 YEARS OF ATARI
1972: Chapter 1: Birth of Atari
ATARI: BIRTH OF THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY
June 27, 1972: Ararl Inc. is founded
"PONG
November 29, 1972: Pong is released, 12 units
are built and placed around California
"BREAKOUT"
1976: Employee Steve Jobs Is tasked to develop
Breakout under the 120 IC chip count. Jobs
enlists Steve Wozniak to design for him
WARNER COMMUNICATIONS
1976: Seeking funding for Atari 2600 production.
Bushnell sells Atari, Inc. to Warner
Communications
ATARI 2600
1977: Atari introduces the Video Computer
System, the 2600. Nearly 30 million units are
sold over its lifespan
"ASTEROIDS"
1979: Asteroids, best seller and
arcade favorite, is released
"CENTIPEDE"
1981: Centipede is released
1983: Chapter 2: The Crash & Trameil
VIDEO GAME CRASH OF 1983
1983: The crash occurred from 1983-1985. Revenues
dropped by 97% due to over saturation of the
market, with hundreds or low-quality games
JACK TRAMEIL
1984: Jack Trameil buys Atari, Inc.
from Warner Communications
ATARI
ATARI XE & ST
1985: XE and ST computer
series released.
ATARI LYNX
1988: Atari releases Lynx, the world's
first color handheld gaming system
1998: Chapter 3: Hasbro + Infogrames
HASBRO
1998: Hasbro acquires Atari
assets and IP from JT5 Corp.
Calls INFOGRAMES
INFOGRAMES
1999: Infogrames acquires Atari
assets and IP from Hasbro
PLATFORM EXPANSION
2000's: Atari develops, publishes, and
distributes games across platforms
INFOGRAMES BECOMES ATARI
2009: Infogrames officially
announces name change to "Atari"
ATARI VCS
2018: Atari VCS is announced
and begins development
ATARI JAGUAR
1993: Atari Jaguar 64 interactive
System announced.
2021: Chapter 4: "Sustained Creation"
ATARI XP
2021: Atari begins
development of rare
and previously
unreleased cartridges


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