1996 - Atari
merged into JTS, a start-up disk drive manufacturer with $50 Million. Support for
Jaguar and continuation of the Atari brand was assured to share holders - this never
happened. JTS ceased operations last year (1998). Hasbro Interactive purchased
all properties and patents of Atari Inc. from JTS for $5 Million in 1998.
Hasbro Interactive is releasing many Atari branded
titles from the vast back catalogue of Atari games for the PC and Playstation, and has
also released the Jaguar system into the public domain after much pressure from the loyal
Jaguar user base. 3rd party software development is now taking place since this
notice from Hasbro.
sold many of its property rights, including those of Atari to Infogrames,
a French software development company on December 6th 2000. No we
must wait and see if the Atari signature will grace any new software or
products once more, or is the really the end of the road for one of the
most recognised brands in the world.
Atari TOS systems are still being manufactured in
Europe by a number of companies, the latest being Milan of Germany.
The Atari community is still very active, even the
8-bit systems of the early eighties are being used today. Check
out our Emulation section to learn more!