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Geek Smack: Atari Files Bankruptcy

Wait, Atari is still around?

Actually, Atari filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy to separate from it’s parent company Infogames. Nonetheless, Atari has been continually making modest advances in gaming and retro-gaming by making these games for new computing devices.

Titles like “Atari’s Greatest Hits” is a mobile title that keeps the company afloat. One game for .99 or the whole lot for $9.99 seems to be a strategy that works for Atari. That – and their line of retro Atari game units.

So why find a new buyer? Most likely to grow the company in a different direction than what Infogames ideas are. Get out of the oppressive thumb to re-build the company.

Something that has happened many times before but didn’t go anywhere. However it’s a new gaming landscape out there. With Zynga falling hard is the web gaming industry stable enough to welcome back Atari?

I suppose if they inject into Facebook anything is possible…


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