Sydney Development Corporation

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Sydney Development Corporation
IndustryEnterprise Application Software (EAS)
Interactive entertainment
Founded1978
FounderTarrnie Williams
Defunct1989
HeadquartersVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Tarrnie Williams
ProductsProject management software
Video games
Revenue$21 million In 1983
Number of employees
~100

Sydney Development Corporation (“SDC”), was the first publicly traded software company in Canada. Founded by Tarrnie Williams, SDC developed an online real-time project management system for the IBM System z mainframe computer, then various different business applications for microcomputers such as the Apple II, and eventually became the first developer and publisher of computer games for microcomputers in Canada.[1][2]

In 1981, SDC agreed to publish Evolution by Don Mattrick and Jeff Sembers, after Williams's 10-year-old son enjoyed a demo of the game.[3] Evolution sold over 400000 copies, with Mattrick and Sembers going on to found Distinctive Software.[4]

Sydney Development Corp. was the fastest growing public company in Canada in the five-year period 1978 to 1983 with fiscal year 1983 revenues of $21 million (equivalent to $47 million in 2017[5]).[citation needed]

The company filed for bankruptcy on 23 May 1989.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Case: Sydney Development Corp. [C]". MobyGames. Blue Flame Labs. February 14, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Case: Vancouver's video game family tree [C]". The Straight. The Georgia Strait. January 28, 2009. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "A Distinctive Lineage". Escapist. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Wolf, Mark J. P. (2015). Video Games Around The World. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-52716-3.
  5. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018. CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And "Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ The Financial Post Survey of Predecessor and Defunct Companies. 10. Financial Post. 1993. p. 203. Retrieved 2 July 2017.