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Gremlin Industries was an American arcade game developer and manufacturer who manufactured wall games in the early 1970s before switching to video games starting 1976. In 1978, they were purchased by Sega, and started releasing games with joint branding, first as Gremlin/Sega, then as Sega/Gremlin.
Sega/Gremlin changed their name to Sega Electronics in late 1982 (according to chairman David Rosen, the combined name was "a bit awkward"). Around which time they also started producing games for home systems, attempting to bring Paramount brands to home consoles (Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator and Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom being the two surviving examples, though many more were planned).
Sega Electronics was sold to Bally Midway after the summer of 1983 for an undisclosed price. Home video games would continue to be sold under the Sega brand (including some of Midway's back catalogue, such as Tapper and Spy Hunter), but all arcade efforts would be badged as Bally Midway games. This would include games made by Sega in Japan for a short period (though Sega's Japanese business was otherwise unaffected by the sale).
- Should this section and its respective games be removed? It's unclear if Sega was involved during this time.
- Depthcharge (1977)
- Safari (1977)
- Frogs (1978)
- Deep Scan (1979)
- Head On (1979)
- Head On 2 (1979, as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Invinco (1979, as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Carnival (1980; as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Digger (1980; as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Pulsar (1981; as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Astro Blaster (1981; as Gremlin; Gremlin/Sega branding)
- Space Fury (1981; as Gremlin; Sega/Gremlin branding)
- Eliminator (1981)
- Space Odyssey (1981)
- Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1982)
- Tac/Scan (1982)
- Pig Newton (1983)
- Spy Hunter (1983)
- Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (1983)
- Tac/Scan (1983)
- Thunderground (1983)
- Sub Scan (198x)
- Bear Game (unreleased)
- Ixion (Jeff Lorenz version available in ROM sets; unreleased)
- Congo Bongo (1983)
Arcade games distributed by Gremlin
- Cash Box, "October 28, 1978" (US; 1978-10-28), page 72
- Cash Box, "July 2, 1983" (US; 1983-07-02), page 94
- File:ArcadeExpress US 0110.pdf, page 2
- Cash Box, "November 20, 1982" (US; 1982-11-20), page 66
- JoyStik, "April 1983" (US; 1983-xx-xx), page 24
- Cash Box, "September 10, 1983" (US; 1983-09-10), page 37