Atari announces the creation of two divisions, Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain, and a change in Leadership - Seite 2
Gaming: Atari will continue to operate and develop its successful free-to-play mobile games. In addition, new development will be shifted to console and PC, with an emphasis on revitalizing classic Atari intellectual property for the modern era. These new releases will share the classics' instant enjoyability, while introducing a meaningful single-player campaign, couch co-op/multiplayer, and online play.
VCS: Atari will continue to support the Atari VCS through meaningful third-party content and exclusive first-party content. The VCS community has shown an ingenuity and creativity in adapting the system, and Atari will work to support this by releasing tools that will allow creators the ability to design their own classic Atari games (beginning with the Atari 2600). With an eventual goal of making it easier to create, share and play retro gaming content in the modern era.
Licensing: Atari, and its catalogue of classic games, continues to be some of the most recognizable brands in the world. Atari will continue to leverage this notoriety in both gaming and non-gaming related fields (including hotels and casinos). Most recently, Atari has seen a tremendous amount of success in licensing the Atari related brands for the use in NFTs. We anticipate this playing an even larger part of our licensing strategy in the coming years.
Blockchain Division: All products and services related to the Blockchain business will be grouped into a division of Atari, to focus on the immense possibilities of crypto and blockchain enabled games. Given the launch of the Atari Token, the primary goal of this division will be the continued development of the Atari Token through further use cases and integration into the Atari ecosystem (as payment for digital goods within the VCS, within Atari games on the blockchain, and within 3rd party games or applications such as opensea.io, Sandbox or Decentraland). Atari will also continue to evaluate opportunities in blockchain gaming, NFTs, and blockchain based online worlds. The creation of this division will take effect as of April 1, 2021.
As part of this venture, Atari is exploring, among several options, the potential structuring of this division as an autonomous entity with a view to a possible spin-off to Atari shareholders by listing of this new entity.
As of the date hereof, there is no assurance any such potential spin-off will occur, which would otherwise require continued business case analysis, approval of stock market regulators, approval by Atari shareholders in a general meeting, as well as confirmation that the demerger favorable regime (“régime de faveur”) would apply and, depending on a number of technical aspects, at least 12 months of additional work.