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Red Orb Entertainment

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Red Orb Entertainment
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedMay 21, 1997[1][2]
DefunctMarch 2001[3]
HeadquartersNovato, California, USA[1]
Hartlepool, England, UK[4]
Key people
Ken F. Goldstein (VP & general manager), Ted Simon (group marketing manager)[1]
ProductsPrince of Persia 3D, Riven, Warlords III
OwnerMattel Interactive
ParentBroderbund (1997–1998)[5]
The Learning Company (1998–2001)[3]
Websiteredorb.com (archived)

Red Orb Entertainment was a publishing division created by the Broderbund software company to market its video game titles, distinguishing them from its library of edutainment titles, which it marketed to schools. Launched on May 21, 1997, and based in Novato, California, the name comes from the first six letters of "Broderbund," which spell "Red Orb" when reversed.[1]

After its parent company Broderbund was acquired by The Learning Company in 1998, Red Orb's brand continued to be used and was supported by the latter's Mindscape division.[5] After TLC's parent company Mattel Interactive was sold off in 2000, Subsequent games of the Myst, Prince of Persia, and Warlords franchises were later published by Ubisoft, who acquired all of Mattel Interactive's entertainment library in March 2001.[3]


Red Orb Entertainment developed and/or published several games in the late 1990s, including:[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Angwin, Julia (May 22, 1997). "Broderbund in the Game / New titles will bear Red Orb brand name". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Lee, Helen (May 22, 1997). "Broderbund Gets Serious". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 10, 1999. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Judson, Peter (March 7, 2001). "UbiSoft Acquires Entertainment Division of the Learning Company". Neoseeker. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Red Orb Entertainment". MobyGames. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Dunkin, Alan (October 2, 1998). "Red Orb Stays With Mindscape". GameSpot. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Red Orb Entertainment". Metacritic. Retrieved November 26, 2011.

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