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AtGames
AtGames Digital Media Inc.
IndustryConsumer electronics
Founded2001[1]
HeadquartersLos Angeles, United States[1]
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Legends Ultimate

Legends Gamer Series

Atari Flashback
Legends Flashback
Blast! Line
Websitehttps://www.atgames.net/
AtGames Legends Ultimate arcade
AtGames Legends Ultimate arcade

AtGames Digital Media Inc. is an American[1]video game and video game console manufacturer, best known for their Legends Ultimate Arcade and the creator of the connected arcade.[2][3][4] Since 2011, AtGames has produced and marketed the Atari-licensed dedicated home video game console series Atari Flashback under license from Atari, Inc..[5] They also produced ColecoVision and Intellivision Flashback consoles, and have worked with Sega on multiple different handhelds and retro consoles.

History

In August 2014, GameFly announced through a statement on its website, that AtGames had acquired its online games distribution service.[6] AtGames relaunched this service under the name Direct2Drive in late 2014.[7] In December 2014, it was announced that through one of its subsidiaries, Silver Lining Systems, AtGames had purchased the IP to Calxeda,[8] is using the technology to build fabric interconnects for A1100-powered servers.[9]

In 2005, AtGames began its relationship with Sega to produce various consoles and handhelds based on Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, and Sega Genesis properties. In 2017, the company released their first HD-based Sega console, the Sega Genesis Flashback, based on Sega's Genesis console. It had wireless controllers, a cartridge slot for the console's game's, and slots for the console's controllers.

In August 2019, AtGames acquired the royalty interest owed to General Computer Corporation's (GCC) for Ms. Pac-Man.[10] In 2019, Bandai Namco Entertainment sued AtGames for use of Ms. Pac-Man, false advertising and copyright infringement.[11] In November 2019, United States District Court Judge Vince Chhabria denied Bandai Namco's request for a preliminary injunction.[12] In a strongly-worded order, Judge Chhabria ruled that, "Bandai's likelihood of success on the merits is questionable at best," and its "allegations of reputational harm fall somewhere between speculative and fanciful."[12] On October 27, 2020, a U.S. federal court dismissed Bandai Namco's lawsuit against AtGames over IP rights in Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man games.[13] In November of 2020, AtGames reintroduced the popular Bandai Namco Arcade Blast!.

In January 2020, AtGames announced a partnership with Taito to add their library to AtGames' products in 2020.[14]

In June 2020, AtGames announced a partnership with FarSight Studios. Availability of new products and services from this collaboration will be announced later this year.[15]

Products

Starting in 2018, AtGames has released many kinds of HDMI dongle "Mini Console Sticks", bundled with Sega Genesis-like controllers dubbed "Flashback Blast!" These consoles contain multiple games from different companies, such as Bandai Namco, Atari and Taito.[16] Starting in 2019, the consoles included games licensed from Disney including Tron, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and the Star Wars games.[17]

In November 2019, AtGames released the 66-inch tall Legends Ultimate, the first connected arcade,[18] arcade cabinet, containing 350 built-in and licensed arcade games. The cabinet has a 24-inch HD screen.[19] In December 2019, AtGames announced a service known as ArcadeNet to offer players games on demand for streaming, download, and purchase.[20][21][22]

In August 2020, AtGames announced the Legends Ultimate 1.1 would be hitting retail on August 31, 2020.[23] The revamped arcade features a library of 300 titles, including iconic hits from Atari, Data East, Jaleco, The Tetris Company, and Disney.[24]

In September 2020, AtGames announced the Legends Gamer products, including the Legends Gamer Mini, Legends Gamer and Legends Gamer Pro.[25] The Legends Gamer Mini comes with 100 classic arcade and home video games and the Legends Gamer and Legends Gamer Pro come with 150 classic arcade and home video games including titles from Disney, Taito, and The Tetris Company.[26]

The Firecore, one of many Sega branded consoles released by AtGames.

External links

References

  1. ^ a b c "Atgames Digital Media Inc. - About Us". atgames.net. 2019-01-24. Retrieved .
  2. ^ AtGames Legends Ultimate Fixes the Biggest Problem with Modern Arcade Machines - IGN, retrieved
  3. ^ "AtGames Announces The Connected Arcade For CES 2020". News Break. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Chandler, Darik (February 21, 2020). "World's First Connected Arcade".
  5. ^ "AtGames Flashback Zone". AtGames Flashback Zone.
  6. ^ GameFly Sells Its Digital Business to AtGames - IGN, retrieved
  7. ^ Nutt, Christian. "Direct2Drive is back under new owner: GameFly Digital is no more". www.gamasutra.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ December 2014, Desire Athow 22. "ARM server startup Calxeda back on track". TechRadar. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Williams, Chris; at 14:00, Editor in Chief 14 Jan 2016. "AMD's 64-bit ARM server chip Seattle finally flies the coop ... but where will it call home?". www.theregister.co.uk. Retrieved .CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Good, Owen S. (September 26, 2019). "AtGames, sued by Ms. Pac-Man's owner, buys up royalty rights to the icon". Polygon.
  11. ^ Good, Owen S. (September 25, 2019). "Bandai Namco sues throwback console maker over Ms. Pac-Man mini-cabinet". Polygon.
  12. ^ a b "UPDATE re: The Ghosts of Past Licensing Agreements Continue to Haunt Ms. Pac-Man". JD Supra. Retrieved .
  13. ^ https://www.newswire.com/news/atgames-reintroduces-bandai-namco-arcade-classic-games-21249134
  14. ^ "AtGames and TAITO Corporation Announce Legendary, Classic Arcade Video Games to Be Featured in Upcoming Product Lineup Starting 2020 - Press Release - Digital Journal". www.digitaljournal.com. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "AtGames and FarSight Studios Announce New Multi-Faceted Strategic Collaboration". www.newswire.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Blast - AtGames". blast.atgames.net.
  17. ^ Ricchiuto, Madeline (2019-02-13). "AtGames will be Porting Classic Disney and Star Wars Games". Bleeding Cool News And Rumors. Retrieved .
  18. ^ AtGames Legends Ultimate Fixes the Biggest Problem with Modern Arcade Machines - IGN, retrieved
  19. ^ Saltzman, Marc. "These tech gifts will work for those non-techie types on your shopping list". USA TODAY. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "ArcadeNet". Retrieved .
  21. ^ "AtGames Announces ArcadeNet for Legends Ultimate With Games on Demand, Download, and Storefront Purchase | FinancialContent Business Page". markets.financialcontent.com. Retrieved .
  22. ^ "AtGames Announces ArcadeNet for Legends Ultimate With Games on Demand, Download, and Storefront Purchase". www.newswire.com. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "AtGames Announces New Legends Ultimate Arcade (Includes 300 Games)". TheGamer. 2020-08-12. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "AtGames Announces New Legends Ultimate Arcade (Includes 300 Games)". TheGamer. 2020-08-12. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "AtGames opens up preorders for Legends Gamer plug & play home arcade series". Shacknews. Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Legends Gamer Series Brings The Arcade To Your Big Screen". TheGamer. 2020-09-02. Retrieved .



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