April 25, 1980: Activision Formed
1980 – Activision was technically founded in 1979, but it wasn’t until April 25 that the “Fantastic Four” joined up as the first third-party software company for video games. David Crane and Alan Miller left Atari August 1979 to start programming under the Activision name. Larry Kaplan and Bob Whitehead stayed behind until April 25th when Activision came out. Richard Muchmore was the venture capitalist and Jim Levy rounded the group as Activision’s CEO.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for April 25
- Sun Microsystems announces project JXTA
- XP x64 OS
- Yahoo begins the national TV ad campaign