MacPlay

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MacPlay
Subsidiary
Industry Computer and video games
Founded early 1990s
re-launched 2000
Headquarters Dallas, TX, U.S.
Key people
Ron Dimant, CEO
Parent United Developers LLC

MacPlay was the name used by a series of two American publishers of Macintosh computer games.

History[edit]

1990 - 1997 Period[edit]

MacPlay was founded in the early 1990s as a division of Interplay Entertainment. It was led by producer Bill Dugan.[1] During this period, MacPlay published notable games including Wolfenstein 3D, Out of this World, the Alone in the Dark series, and the Descent series.

Due to the 1990s decline in the Mac market, Interplay exited the Macintosh games market and abandoned the MacPlay division in 1997.

2000 - 2004 Period[edit]

In 2000, United Developers LLC licensed the MacPlay brand name from Interplay for use as the name of a wholly owned subsidiary corporation. Ron Dimant became CEO of this new incarnation of MacPlay, which was headquartered in Dallas, TX.[1][2] In the early 2000s, MacPlay published two lines of games- regular games and "value" games. Notable games published during this period included Baldur's Gate II, Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim, and the first two games in the Fallout series. The last game published by MacPlay was Tron 2.0 in May 2004.[3]

2004-2014 Period[edit]

United Developers continues to hold the rights to the MacPlay name. From November 2004 - 2008, the MacPlay.com domain was used as a software retail outlet.

In 2008, the MacPlay.com domain was changed to redirect to MumboJumbo, itself a subsidiary of United Developers founded by MacPlay CEO Ron Dimant and located in Dallas, TX.

2015 -[edit]

MacPlay re-launched as a publisher of Macintosh computer games on the Mac App Store. The company in April, 2015 released Pillars of Eternity on the Mac App Store. Since then, the company has published a number of other popular games such as Shetler 2, The Silent Age, and Cities in Motion.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Visit to MacPlay". Inside Mac Games. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  2. ^ "MacPlay". Moby Games. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  3. ^ "MacPlay Announces Tron 2.0". Inside Mac Games. Retrieved 2008-11-07.