Blue Monday? Most depressing day of the year? Well, it is if you’re Atari, whose US arm today filed for bankruptcy protection. Seeking to separate itself from its failing French parent company, Atari SA, the ground-breaking gamesters at Atari Inc., along with Atari Interactive Inc., Humongous Inc. and California US Holdings Inc., is looking to secure independent funding to carry on creating its digital delights for mobile devices.
In a statement rife with ‘business speak’ from the combined companies, the American end of things explained: “The Chapter 11 process constitutes the most strategic option for Atari’s US operations as they look to preserve their inherent value and unlock revenue potential unrealised while under the control of Atari SA.” Which is… yeah… as we thought.
As long as said funding is found, this could potentially be the best thing to happen to the purveyor of Pong for some time, freeing it up from the financial constraints of Atari SA and leaving the quartet of aforementioned companies to concentrate on doing what they do best – making great games.
Already on Google Play we have the addictive experiences of Atari’s Greatest Hits, Circus Atari, and Centipede: Origins to keep us amused, but hopefully soon a new backer will help the Big Apple-based brains behind app excellence bring an abundance of fresh Atari entertainment to Androids everywhere.