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GameTek
Founded: 1987
Defunct: 1998-07
T-series code: T-83
Headquarters: Sausalito, CA/Miami, FL, USA

GameTek, Inc. was a company that developed, published, marketed and distributed a broad line of interactive entertainment, educational and productivity software for use on personal computers and Nintendo, Sega, 3DO, and Sony platforms. The company's products, included TV game shows and productivity titles for adults; action, fantasy and simulation games for teenagers; and developmental and educational titles for children.

It was formed in 1987 as a subsidiary of I.J.E., Inc. I.J.E. was initially established in 1977 under the name I.J.E. Distributing, Inc. to distribute pre-recorded children's entertainment products under the trade name "Kid Stuff." From 1977 to 1985 I.J.E. and its affiliated acquired a number of licenses to develop entertainment products based upon certain television shows, sports entities and name brand children's products. I.J.E.'s original founder Irwin H. Schwartz sold I.J.E. to an unaffiliated third party in 1985 and then formed Gabco, Inc. in 1987 to reacquire I.J.E. GameTek was founded as a result to exploit these licenses in the software market. In October 1993 the company changed its name to GameTek (FL), Inc. and Gabco, Inc. became GameTek, Inc.

The company maintained offices in Florida, California and North Carolina. GameTek filed for bankruptcy in 1997 and closed in July 1998. Some of the company's assets were acquired by Take 2 Interactive in 1997.

GameTek were once set to publish seven Codemasters titles in the US, but Codemasters opted to publish some of these games themselves.

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