Netherlands studio to develop and publish ‘innovative’ mobile titles based on ideas from industry pioneer

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell signs three-game deal with Spil Games

One of the founding fathers of video games is moving into mobile development thanks to a newly-inked partnership.

Nolan Bushnell is best known as one of the founders of Atari (he also created the Chuck E. Cheese Pizza-Time Theatre chain, for what it’s worth), the developer of iconic titles such as Pong, Breakout and Asteroids, as well as its eponymous line of home consoles.

The 73-year-old has teamed up with Dutch outlet Spil Games to produce “at least” three mobile games, which will seemingly put a focus on pushing the sector forwards with their innovation.

Spil will both develop and publish the titles, with Bushnell coming up with the initial concepts.

The first release is planned for next year and, although just three games are covered by the deal, Bushnell expressed his desire to create from five to eight.

"The future of gaming has a very strong mobile component," he said in a statement. "It’s where most people play games and it’s where the technology and ideas are developing most quickly."

Spil CEO Tung Nguyen-Khac added: “The fact that Nolan chooses to work with Spil Games is a huge validation of our approach to mobile gaming.

“Our team has the right skills and track record from working on multi-million dollar franchises. Our games development and producer team strike the right balance between creativity and commercial know-how. Our team is stoked to be working with Nolan and feeding off his energy and creativity.”

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