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Events

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 2nd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards
  • March – Game Over republished as “Game Over: Press Start to Continue”
  • March 15–19 — Game Developers Conference (formerly Computer Game Developers Conference); moves to San Jose, California where it stays for six consecutive years; hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival
  • March 15 — Gama Network hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) at GDC
  • May 13–15 — 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3); the 2nd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3
  • May 13 — Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards (at E3); inducts Sid Meier of Firaxis to the AIAS Hall of Fame
  • July 3 — Gamer Billy Mitchell scores a perfect 3,333,360 points on the Pac-Man arcade game
  • Team Fortress 2 is announced for release during the year, but gets delayed until 2007.
  • July 21 during the Macworld Conference & Expo, Steve Jobs announced that Halo: Combat Evolved would be released for Mac OS and Windows simultaneously. Before this public announcement, game industry journalists under a non-disclosure agreement had previewed the game in a private showing during E3 1999.

Notable releases

Video game platforms
DC Dreamcast
GBC Game Boy Color
N64 Nintendo 64
PS1 PlayStation / PSone
Win Microsoft Windows

Hardware

  • Nintendo's Game Boy Light (GBL) handheld console in Japan only
  • Sega Dreamcast, an Internet-ready 128-bit home console
  • SNK's Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld
  • Tiger Electronics Game.com Pocket Pro handheld

Business

  • Activision acquires Elsinore Multimedia, Expert Software, and Neversoft Entertainment
  • Infogrames Entertainment SA acquires Accolade, Gremlin Interactive (renamed Infogrames Sheffield House), GT Interactive Software (GTIS), and Ozisoft
  • Take-Two Interactive acquires TalonSoft
  • ZeniMax Media acquires Bethesda Softworks
  • 3d6 Games, Inc. founded (closes November 1, 2002)
  • 7 Studios founded
  • BAM! Entertainment, Inc. founded
  • Bohemia Interactive Studio founded
  • February 22 — "Black Monday" (or "Chainsaw Monday"): Sierra reorganizes to cut costs, closing several studios.
  • April — Liquid Entertainment founded
  • October — 7FX founded as subsidiary of a Czech company

Lawsuits

  • Nintendo v. Bung Enterprises Ltd.; Nintendo sues Bung over patent infringement
  • Sony Corporation v. Bleem LLC

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