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Atary History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Atari?

Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney.

When did design and development efforts start at Atari?

Atari started design and development efforts in October 1970.

When was Atari incorporated?

Atari was incorporated as Syzygy Engineering in January 1971 and merged with Atari in July 1972. Atari had been separately incoporated in June 1972.

When did Atari launch commercially?

Atari launched commercially in October 1971.

How much venture capital did Atari raise?

Atari raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Sequoia Capital.

When was Atari acquired?

Atari was acquired by Warner Communications in September 1976.

Where was Atari headquartered?

Atari was headquartered in Sunnyvale, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of Atari?


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What was the version 1 of Atari's first product like?

AUG 1971

What are some of the pre-sale stats for Atari?

1970 to 1973

1974 to 1976

What were some of the extra materials about Atari?

2011 NOV Talk with Nolan Bushnell

2017 JUN Documentary about the creation of the Video Game Industry