History of Sega in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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History of Sega in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Official Sega distributor(s): Comy (1990-1991), IVC (1992), Videotop (2004-2010) , Computerland (2010-2015), Videotop (2016-2018), Iris Mega (2018-present)

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Socialist Yugoslavia

Socialist Yugoslavia did not belong to the Warsaw Pact. A small amount of Sega, Nintendo and Atari games and consoles were sold here.In the 70s Yugoslavia was one of the countries where Sega imported its game machines.The only known company that sold Sega Master System was Comy, which began importing the console from 1990.[1] In 1992 IVC became a distributor and still sold Master System in Bosnia.[2]

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1992, but the war quickly began. Sega and Nintendo consoles appeared during the war as a donation from other countries.During the war they gained popularity of the Famiclones, including Terminator 2 - modeled on the Sega Mega Drive and the Pegasus console.

The first official consoles appeared in 1995 in the form of Nintendo consoles (Super Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy) distributed by the Croatian company Pinel which had the rights to sell in Dalmatia and Bosnia.[3] At first, they were sold in areas less affected by war.

The war ended in 1995 with the Dayton Agreement. The country was 80% destroyed and the population could not afford to new console. This resulted in an increase in the number of bootlegs, including Sega consoles and games. Rumors say that Power Pegasus appeared in 1996.

Years went by and new consoles such as Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn appeared in Bosnia. Despite the fact that they were a bit more widely available than their predecessors - Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo - they were still too expensive. At the end of the 90s, the PlayStation console appeared, which thanks to the possibility of easy piracy became quite popular.

In 2004 Sega started cooperation with Videotop. In 2010, Computerland represented Sega in this region. Videotop return in 2016 as a distributor in the former Yugoslavia.[4]In 2017, Videotop became the property of Computerland Group.[5] In 2018, Videotop was acquired by Colby which also belongs to the Computerland Group.The distribution was taken over by Iris Mega.

References

  1. Svet Kompjutera (SCG) #73: "Oktobar 1990" page 45
  2. Svet Kompjutera (SCG) #90: "Mart 1992" page 40
  3. Flintstones Album HR 1995
  4. http://www.videotop.si/en/videotop-je-postal-uradni-zastopnik-zaloznika-sega/
  5. http://www.videotop.si/druzba-iris-mega-d-o-o-kupila-druzbo-videotop-skupina-d-o-o/
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