Atari: One of the greatest game developers in the gaming industry, who developed games like PAC-MAN, Space Invader, and more is now taking an exit from free-to-play games.
Earlier, there were rumors suggesting that the company was in talks about changing its approach from free-to-play games to making premium games for PCs and consoles but now the company has officially announced its departure from free-to-play games.
According to the latest statement provided by the company, “the board of directors has agreed to a new strategy focusing on developing premium games for PCs and consoles, with less emphasis on mobile and free games.”
“Any gaming experience we create has the goal of providing accessible and enjoyable moments of meaningful play,” said Atari’s recently appointed CEO J.Rosen.
Furthermore, the company said that “Although the competitive and marketing situation outweighs the free-to-play business model, the company will continue to seek successful free-to-play games with a devoted fan base.”
If the company moves forward with its commitment then free-to-play games like Roller Coaster Tycoon Stories, Crystal Castles, Castles & Catapults, Ninja Golf, and Atari Combat: Tank Fury are likely to get their servers shut down or sold off.
Additionally, according to news, Atari is shutting down its casino business in Africa and is all set to debut into the TV show production line.
As a result of the new strategy by the board of directors of Atari Gaming, they are expecting to take a $5.9 million impairment loss. All the credit for the new strategy goes to Rosen, who took over as CEO in April and restructured its business into Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain.
Personally, instead of pivoting their whole idea into TV show production, if they would provide the same amount of money in their main niche (i.e.) making premium games for PCs and consoles, they could achieve great heights than ever before.
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