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Fast facts on Sega Electronics
Founded: 1973
Defunct: 1984
Merged into: Sega (1979)
Headquarters: San Diego, California, USA

Gremlin Industries was an American arcade game developer and manufacturer who manufactured wall games in the early 1970s before switching to video games starting 1976. In 1979, they were purchased by Sega, and started releasing games with joint branding, first as Gremlin/Sega, then as Sega/Gremlin.

December 1981 saw Sega's US arm moved from Gulf+Western's manufacturing division into the hands of subsiduary Paramount Pictures, and in to avoid confusion, Gremlin changed their name to Sega Electronics in 1982. Around which time they also started producing games for home systems, attempting to bring Paramount brands to home consoles (Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator and Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom being the two surviving examples, though many more were planned).

Thanks in part to the North American video game crash, Sega Electronics was shut down in early 1984 and its manufacturing assets transferred to Paramount Studios.


Discrete Logic

Blockade hardware

Should this section and its respective games be removed? It's unclear if Sega was involved during this time.

VIC Dual


Zaxxon hardware

Apple II

Atari 2600

Atari 5200

Atari 8-bit

Commodore 64



Arcade games distributed by Gremlin

Sega Development Studios
Japan R&D; 1982-1983
Sega Research and Development
Japan R&D; 1984-1988
Japan R&D; 1988 - 1990
Sega R&DD1 | Sega R&DD2 | Sega R&DD3 | Sega R&DD4 | Sega R&DD5 | R&DD6 | Sega R&DD7 | Sega R&DD8

Specific teams in the above: Team Shinobi | Debutta Boys? (Galaxy Force II [1])

Japan AM; 1990 - 2000-ish
"Arcade" R&D "Consumer" R&D
Sega AM1 | Sega AM2 | Sega AM3 | Sega AM4 | Sega AM5

AM Annex (1996-1998) | Sega AM8 (1998-2000)
an unknown division referring to themselves as "R&D Staff" developed Twin Squash

| Sega AM9 | Sega AM10? | Sega AM11

Sega AM6 (Team Andromeda | Team Aquila | G9 Team)
CS R&D #2 (1996-1999) | Sega AM7 (1999-2000)
Sonic Team | CS Team

CS Hardware R&D Dept.

Japan AM; 2000-ish - 2004-ish
WOW Entertainment | Sega AM2 | Hitmaker | Amusement Vision | Sega Rosso | Smilebit | Overworks | Sonic Team | United Game Artists | Sega Mechatronics
Japan; 2004 onwards(?)
Sega WOW | Sega AM2 | Sonic Team | Sega Sports Design | Ryu ga Gotoku Studio | AM Ishoku Team

First CS R&D | Second CS R&D | Third CS R&D

Japan non-AM, demerged, and defunct
Puyo Puyo Sega | Sega Networks | ???

Demerged: Sonic! Software Planning | Nextech | SIMS | ???
Defunct: Esco Boueki | Megasoft | ???
Miscellaneous: Sega Toys? considered a separate company from the main Sega | CRI? did they develop anything between them being bought by Sega and being merged into AM2?

North America
Three Rings Design | ???

Defunct: Gremlin Industries/Sega Electronics | Sega Technical Institute | Sega Midwest Studio | Sega Interactive | SegaSoft | Sonic Team USA/Sega Studios USA | ???

The Creative Assembly | Sports Interactive | Hardlight | Relic Entertainment

Defunct: No Cliché | Sega Racing Studio

Sega of China
Unknown Location
Sega Away Team