Starwave

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Starwave Corporation
Industry Digital content
Fate Acquired by The Walt Disney Company, 1998
Successor Walt Disney Internet Group
Founded 1993
Defunct 1998
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington
Key people
Paul Allen, Mike Slade, Patrick Naughton

Starwave was a Seattle, Washington based software and website company, founded in 1993 by Paul Allen,[1] co-founder of Microsoft and led by CEO Mike Slade.[2][3] The company produced original CD-ROM titles, including titles for Clint Eastwood, Sting,[4] and Peter Gabriel. They were the original developers of Castle Infinity, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game for children, but Starwave's most lasting mark was in the area of web content sites. They developed ESPN.com, ABCNEWS.com, Outside Online, and Mr. Showbiz.com among other sites, setting the standard for much of the commercial Internet explosion of the late 1990s. Starwave also developed the first site and publishing system for Jim Cramer's TheStreet.com.

Disney[edit]

The company merged with Infoseek and was later sold to The Walt Disney Company. In April 1998, Disney purchased the outstanding shares of Starwave from Allen[5][6] after an initial buy of about 30% in 1997.[1] The new entity, Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) developed the Go.com portal.

In 2004, Disney re-activated the Starwave identity as Starwave Mobile, which published casual games for mobile phones.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disney buys stake in Starwave". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mike Slade on 80s Microsoft, NeXT, Starwave and Steve Jobs' Return to Apple". 
  3. ^ "How this Seattle venture capitalist ended up being the subject of ESPN's hilarious new ad campaign". 25 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Starwave Teams With Sting and A&M Records To Create Interactive CD-ROMs". Business Wire. 30 May 1995. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Pelline, Jeff; Dawn Kawamoto (April 30, 1998). "Disney to buy Starwave". CNET News. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Volume 146, Number 50752". New York Times. 4 April 1997. p. C4. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Newly Formed Starwave Mobile Announces Initial Content Lineup". Business Wire. Business Wire. 25 October 2004. Retrieved 24 June 2008. 

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