Bitman

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Bitman
Founded: 1994
Defunct: 1997
Headquarters:
Russia

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Bitman was Russian company mostly known from Bitman brand.

History

Bitman was established in November 1994 and quickly began to bring unlicensed 8-bit and 16- bit consoles. Aleksiej Semenov became the general director. They were the only ones in Russia to have UCS (Universal Cartridge System) which was praised by Russian magazines.[1]

Bitman mascot

In January 1996 Bitman became a distributor of Sega in Russia and CIS. At the end of 1996, it became an authorized distributor of Sony PlayStation in Russia and the CIS.

In 1997, the company also took up the fight against piracy in Russia with other companies. Bitman was taken over in December 1997 by R-Style.[2]

Products sold by Bitman

8 bit Nintendo

  • Bitman
  • Bitman 2
  • Bitman Infra

Game Boy

  • Bitman 3000B

16 bit Sega

Official distribution

Gallery

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Bitman before the agreement with Sega
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Bitman before the agreement with Sega
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Bitman before the agreement with Sega
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Bitman notebook
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Bitman's seal on Sega's official products.This product is distributed on the Russian market by the Bitman company
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Bitman Warranty Card for Sega products
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Print advert in Hard & Soft (RU) #7/95: "07.1995" (1995-xx-xx)
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Print advert in (RU) #8: "4/1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Print advert in (RU) #10: "6/1996" (1996-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (RU) #6: "Sentyabr 1996" (1996-xx-xx)[3]
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Print advert in (RU) #11: "7-8/1996" (1996-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #29 (1996-12-01)
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Print advert in (RU) #17: "Oktyabr 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • (RU) #18: "Noyabr 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[4]

References

  1. http://gamenotes.ru/history/bitman-consoles/
  2. https://www.crn.ru/numbers/reg-numbers/detail.php?ID=2714
  3. Strana Igr, "Sentyabr 1996" (RU; 1996-xx-xx), page 89
  4. Strana Igr, "Noyabr 1997" (RU; 1997-xx-xx), page 39