From Sega Retro
- Not to be confused with Gremlin Graphics.
|Merged into: Sega Enterprises, Inc. (1978-09-29)|
- 1 History
- 2 Softography
- 3 Magazine articles
- 4 List of staff
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Internal documents
- 7 Photographs
- 8 References
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. They were purchased by Sega Enterprises, Inc. in 1978, and started releasing games with joint branding, first as Gremlin/Sega, then as Sega/Gremlin.
Sega/Gremlin changed their name to Sega Electronics in late 1982 (according to chairman David Rosen, the combined name was "a bit awkward"). 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).
The assets of Sega Electronics was sold to Bally Midway after the summer of 1983 for an undisclosed price, primarily for the LaserDisc technology powering Astron Belt. Home video games would continue to be sold under the Sega brand (including some of Midway's back catalogue, such as Tapper and Spy Hunter), but all arcade efforts would be badged as Bally Midway games. This would include games made by Sega in Japan for a short period (though Sega's Japanese business was otherwise unaffected by the sale).
As part of the agreement, Bally held the first refusal rights on all Sega-developed games, however this expired in March 1985, allowing Sega to directly market its games again with a newly established company, Sega Enterprises USA.
Sega Electronics technically still exists; it was renamed "Ages Electronics Inc." after Sega became a subsidiary of CSK in 1984, and became a shell company of Gulf+Western. It has survived buy-outs and acquisitions and is currently part of the Paramount Global empire, though has not been involved in video games since 1983.
- Safari (1977) (as Gremlin Industries)
- Depthcharge (1977) (as Gremlin Industries)
- Deep Scan (1979) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Head On (1979) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Head On 2 (1979) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Carnival (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Digger (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Pulsar (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Borderline (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Astro Blaster (1981) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Space Fury (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Space Odyssey (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Eliminator (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1982)
- Tac/Scan (1982)
- Pig Newton (1983)
- Gee Bee (1978) (as Gremlin Industries)
- Astro Fighter (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Space Firebird (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Moon Cresta (1980) (as Gremlin/Sega)
- Frogger (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Super Moon Cresta (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Tactician (1981) (as Sega/Gremlin)
- Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1983)
- Thunderground (1983)
- Deep Scan (1983)
- Tac/Scan (1983)
- Spy Hunter (1984)
- Congo Bongo II (unreleased)
- Ixion (unreleased)
- Ixion (unreleased)
- Should this section and its respective games be removed? It's unclear if Sega was involved during this time.
- Main article: Sega Electronics/Magazine articles.
List of staff
- Main article: Photos of Sega Electronics
- Cash Box, "October 28, 1978" (US; 1978-10-28), page 72
- Cash Box, "July 2, 1983" (US; 1983-07-02), page 94
- File:ArcadeExpress US 0110.pdf, page 2
- Cash Box, "November 20, 1982" (US; 1982-11-20), page 66
- JoyStik, "April 1983" (US; 1983-xx-xx), page 24
- Cash Box, "September 10, 1983" (US; 1983-09-10), page 37
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