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Atari buys MobyGames database for $1.5 million

Atari secured the option to purchase MobyGames at that price in November 2021.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 9, 2022

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Atari has purchased long-standing video game database MobyGames for $1.5 million.

The company secured the option to purchase MobyGames at that price in November 2021 and had until March 2022 to complete the deal.

Explaining why it finally pulled the trigger, Atari said it wants to "give back" to the community by helping MobyGames continue its goal of documenting, celebrating, and preserving video games.

"Supporting MobyGames allows us to give back to the community, and contribute to its growth and success,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen. "It’s important to Atari that MobyGames retains every bit of its integrity, and we’re committed to supporting the site in ways that improve the experience for both contributors and users."

MobyGames general manager Jeremiah Freyholtz said Atari is a partner that will "provide the investment and support we need to complete long-planned site improvements."

Freyholtz, who will continue as general manager, added the move will allow MobyGames to continue as an important community-driven project, and claimed the deal puts the database in the "best position" for long-term stability.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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