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Atari - Infogrames Finalizes U.S. Acquisition

by Magerette, 2008-10-12 19:34:31

Gamesindustry.biz posts the latest developments in the ongoing saga of the troubled United States game publisher Atari,Inc, the stateside branch of the Atari brand. Parent company Infogrames has finalized their $11 millon bid and now has full ownership of  the company. Here's a rundown:

The French company, which earlier this year surprised many by appointing former EA executive David Gardner as CEO and former Sony Worldwide Studios boss Phil Harrison as president, can now definitively unite the Atari brand, the use of which Infogrames has had the right to in Europe and other parts of the world for some time.

Lyon-based Infogrames previously owned 51.4 per cent of Atari Inc's stock and the merger, initially agreed on April 30 this year, completed on a base price of USD 1.68 per outstanding share.

Atari Inc's former management team of Jim Wilson, Tim Flynn and Jeff Reese will remain with the company to focus on growing the historically-troubled Atari brand in North America under Gardner's new vision.

Infogrames also outlined the strategy that the combined company will follow moving forwards under its new "simplified global structure":

  • Reduce general and administrative expenses, including costs related to being a US public company, and generate economies of scale
  • Provide greater opportunities to develop the US distribution business and find new partnerships
  • Strengthen the US online platform to develop online operations

Source: Blues News

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