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GameTek was an American video game publisher based in North Miami Beach, Florida[1] known for publishing video game adaptations of game shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s. GameTek was a trade name for IJE, the owner of electronic publishing rights to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.[2] Originally IJE licensed these titles to ShareData of Chandler, Arizona; however, when IJE saw ShareData's success with the titles, IJE decided to publish the titles themselves, resulting in the founding of GameTek.

After establishing distribution for the game show titles, GameTek branched out by licensing European titles for the North American market, including Frontier: Elite II and The Humans. In 1991, they attempted to launch the InfoGenius Systems franchise for the Game Boy.[3]

In 1996 GameTek scaled down its publishing activities, turning most of that aspect of its business over to Philips.[4] GameTek filed for bankruptcy in December 1997,[5][6] citing development delays and disappointing sales,[7] and went out of business in July 1998. Most of the company's assets were acquired by Take-Two Interactive in 1997.[8]



  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1994-06-11). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
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  3. ^ Nintendo Power.
  4. ^ Svensson, Christian (November 1996). "Small Publishers Feel Pinch". Next Generation. No. 23. Imagine Media. p. 26.
  5. ^ Jebens, Harley (December 4, 1997). "GameTek Files for Chapter 11 Protection". GameSpot. Archived from the original on January 19, 1998. Retrieved August 17, 2022.
  6. ^ "Tidbits...". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 103. Ziff Davis. February 1998. p. 26.
  7. ^ "Unhappy Holidays". Next Generation. No. 38. Imagine Media. February 1998. p. 26.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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