Pioneering videogame maker Atari gets last-minute lifeline
AFPPARIS--Atari, the pioneering video game company mired in bankruptcy proceedings in both France and the U.S., said on Tuesday it had found a last minute buyer after the latest leading shareholder gave up on turning the company around.
February 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Atari SA “supports the proposed acquisition of the BlueBay Funds' interests in the Atari group by a longtime videogame professional and a fund advised by Alden Global Capital,” the videogamer said in a statement.
Atari was born 40 years ago in California and jumped to fame by bringing the arcade game experience to living rooms worldwide with games such as Pong and Centipede.
The key buyer of the embattled company is Frenchman Frederic Chesnais, a former Atari executive, who is picking up 25 percent of the Atari SA's capital through his own fund Ker Ventures.