Atari Losses Mount, Future of Publisher Looking Grim

After delaying for months their quarterly financial report, the reason has become clear: Atari today announced a net loss of $11.9 million for the three months ending on July 30.

By holding off on its recent quarterly report, and still missing the extended deadline by one day, Atari risks being delisted on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

The global video game publisher has been on the ropes for some time now. Facing growing financial instability, Atari recently grabbed up $10 million in credit to continue its operations into the holiday season. After selling off studios such as Shiny Entertainment, and many of its major properties like Driver and Stuntman, Atari may also now potentially lose its lucrative Dragon Ball Z license in a legal fight with anime distributor FUNimation.

The company's recent 2006 financial statement reported a staggering $69 million net loss over the fiscal year, leading Atari to state at the time: "The uncertainties caused by these conditions raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern."

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    November 7, 2007 10:17 AM

    Do they disclose this to their developers? I question why CD Projekt would go with Atari for the Witcher when clearly they aren't doing so hot. Or did Atari go to them with the IP?

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      November 7, 2007 10:23 AM

      Atari gave them a large cash advance. I imagine they figured if Atari went under, they could just keep developing and find another publisher.

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      November 8, 2007 12:04 AM

      Nobody else would pick them up.

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