Atari Buys Video Game Database MobyGames For $1.5 Million
Atari at least the company that currently owns the rights to use that nameannounced earlier this week that it had spent $1.5 million to purchase MobyGameswebsite that most of you have, probably weat one point or another in your life, never think about its monetary value.
The site, founded in 1999, is essentially a huge database of video game loans and is the closest thing to a central credit register in the industry. since publishers, themselves are notoriously bad at keeping track of things like this. It’s also a very quiet repository of quality retro/pixel art video game screenshots.
Originally created by three high school friends (Jim Leonard, Brian Hirt and David Burke), this isn’t the first time the site has been on sale; in 2010, Since then, Freiholz has run the site with Simon Carless.
While people are understandably skeptical about the sale, both Atari and Freyholtz have been saying the right things so far:
“The MobyGames community plays a resilient and important role in documenting, celebrating and preserving video games, and supporting MobyGames allows us to honor the community and help it grow and succeed,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen. “It’s important to Atari that MobyGames maintains all of its integrity, and we’re committed to maintaining the site in a way that makes it a better experience for members and users alike.”
“In Atari, MobyGames has found a partner that will provide the investment and support needed to complete long-planned improvements to the site,” said Jeremy Freigoltz, General Manager of MobyGames. “I’m confident that this transition will allow MobyGames to continue to be an important community-driven project and that Atari’s involvement will best ensure our long-term stability and success.”