[stella] Hasbro's statement on open systems

Subject: [stella] Hasbro's statement on open systems
From: Ruffin Bailey <rufbo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 21:57:55 +0000
Thanks to Robert for forwarding this on to me!  So far just the Jag is
explicitly opened up, but I have to wonder if they wouldn't give in on the
7800 if there was enough racket.

The Jag "vintage"?  Not yet, imo!

Ruffin Bailey
Write Atari 2600 games on your PowerMac!

>> In your FAQ for the Jag, you list 1999 as the year that Hasbro released the
>> rights to the Jag to the public.
>> Is there an online document expressing this?  I've searched atarihq,
>> USENET, and Hasbro's site but haven't turned up anything other than the
>> common perception that the Jag is an open system.
> There *WAS* a press release issued by Hasbro on the topic, though it's not
> easy to find (Hasbro didn't make a big deal over it, natch).
> Oh, wait, here's a copy...
> * * *
> Beverly, MA (May 14,1999) -- Leading entertainment software publisher, Hasbro
> Interactive announced today it has released all rights that it may have to
> the vintage Atari hardware platform, the Jaguar.
> Hasbro Interactive acquired rights to many Atari properties, including the
> legendary Centipede, Missile Command, and Pong games, in a March 1998
> acquisition from JTS Corporation.
> This announcement will allow software developers to create and publish
> software for the Jaguar system without having to obtain a licensing agreement
> with Hasbro Interactive for such platform development. Hasbro Interactive
> cautioned, however, that the developers should not use the Atari trademark or
> logo in connection with their games or present the games as authorized or
> approved by Hasbro Interactive.
> "Hasbro Interactive is strictly focused on developing and publishing
> entertainment software for the PC and the next generation game consoles,"
> said Richard Cleveland, Head of Marketing for Hasbro Interactive's Atari
> Business Unit. "We realize there is a passionate audience of diehard Atari
> fans who want to keep the Jaguar system alive, and we don't want to prevent
> them from doing that. We will not interfere with the efforts of software
> developers to create software for the Jaguar system."
> * * *
>> Are all Atari consoles fair game?
> Nope, just Jaguars.
>> Thanks for your time,
> Glad to help.
> --R.J.
> B-)
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