History of Sega in Croatia

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Croatia 
History of Sega in Croatia
Official Sega distributor(s): Comy (1990-1991), Europatrade (1994-1998), Videotop (2004-2010), Computerland (2010-2014), Videotop (2014-2018), Colby (2018-present)

Socialist Yugoslavia

Socialist Yugoslavia did not belong to the Warsaw Pact making it more open to Western technologies than the countries of the Eastern Bloc. In the 70s Yugoslavia was one of the countries where Sega imported its game machines.[1] As in other communist countries, local companies created their own consoles, such as the Geti-3220 produced by the Slovenian company Gorenje from 1977. Foreign consoles also reached the country but in small numbers.

The only known company that sold Sega Master System was Comy, which began importing the console from 1990.[2]In March 25, 1991, the first Sega club was found called Video Games Club were people could rent Master System console.

Croatia

Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. One of the first and popular consoles was Terminator 2 modeled on Sega Mega Drive.

In 1994, Sega entered the Croatian market and Eurotrade became the distributor. It started selling Mega Drive II, Master System II and Game Gear. The following year, the Mega CD II and Mega Drive 32X were released. Sega's 16-bit console had good sales figures in Croatia. In 1996, Sega Saturn hit the market, but it was not very popular in this region. Eurotrade was selling Sega consoles until 1998. Sega Dreamcast was also released in Croatia, but so far there is little information about its distribution.

In 2004 Slovenian company Videotop began selling Sega games in this country.[3] In 2010, the distribution was started by Computerland and in 2014 Videotop returned for sale which in 2016 became a representative of Sega in all 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 which means that the distributor of Sega is now Colby.[6]

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Print advert in Master (HR) #1: "Prosinac 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Hacker (HR) #6: "05/1995" (1995-xx-xx)


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