History of Sega in Croatia
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|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 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. 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.In March 25, 1991, the first Sega club was found called Video Games Club were people could rent Master System console.
Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. One of the first and popular consoles was Rambo TV Game, a Atari 2600 clone, that was quickly replaced by famiclones like Terminator 2, the most popular of this clones, designed to resemble Sega Mega Drive.
In 1994, Sega entered the Croatian market and Europatrade became the distributor. They started selling Mega Drive II, Master System II and Game Gear and in the following year, the Mega CD II and Mega Drive 32X were released.Beside famiclones, Sega had competition in form of Super Nintendo, Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System distributed from 1994 by Alcu Rijeka and Amiga CD32 with Atari Jaguar distributed by smaller retaliers. Sega's 16-bit console had good sales figures in Croatia. In early 1996, Sega Saturn hit the market, with no competition from other fifth generation consoles, until March 1997 when Alcu Rijeka released Nintendo 64 and until July 1997 when Algoritam released PlayStation. Even with that, Saturn wasn't popular in Croatia and 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. In 2010, the distribution was take over by Computerland but in 2014 Videotop returned as a distributor and in 2016 became a representative of Sega in all former Yugoslavia.In 2017, Videotop became the property of Computerland Group. In 2018, Videotop was acquired by Colby which also belongs to the Computerland Group which means that the distributor of Sega is now Colby.
- ↑ File:Sega_Company_Profile_1970.pdf
- ↑ Svet Kompjutera (SCG) #73: "Oktobar 1990" page 45
- ↑ Hacker #6 Europatrade commercial
- ↑ https://archive.org/details/album-panini-asterix-bas-su-ludi-ovi-gali/page/n33/mode/2up?view=theater
- ↑ Hacker #24 Nintendo 64 Ultra Konzola
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/19980703064424/http://www.playstation-europe.com/playstation/pr/launch.htm
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20040603144807/http://www.videotop.hr:80/
- ↑ http://www.videotop.si/en/videotop-je-postal-uradni-zastopnik-zaloznika-sega/
- ↑ http://www.videotop.si/druzba-iris-mega-d-o-o-kupila-druzbo-videotop-skupina-d-o-o/
- ↑ http://www.colby.si/