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Full name: Acclaim Entertainment
Established: 1987
Closed: Sept 2004
Reason: Greed at the top

Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. was a leading world-wide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment platforms including Nintendo, Sony and Sega hardware systems, and PCs. Acclaim owned and operated four studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and published and distributed its software directly in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Australia. Acclaim also distributed entertainment software for other publishers world-wide, and published comic books and software strategy guides.

Acclaim's headquarters were in Glen Cove, New York and Acclaim's common stock was publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol AKLM.

The company was forced into bankrupcy in 2004 after a series of economic setbacks in the previous years including poor trading results, loss of IP to rival publishers, and law suits for failing to pay royalties.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Acclaim's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1987 title, "Wizards and Warriors" (NES).

The company has been involved titles released on the PC, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast, N64, Game Boy, Saturn, Sega 32-X, Sega Megadrive, SNES, Amiga, 3DO, Game Gear, Sega MegaCD, Sega Master System, NES and C64. Of these, "Shadow Man" (Dreamcast), "Re-Volt" (Dreamcast), "Dead or Alive 2" (Dreamcast), "Ferrari F355 Challenge" (Dreamcast), "Turok Evolution" (Xbox) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2005 release "The Red Star" (Xbox).

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