History of Sega in North Macedonia
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|History of Sega in North Macedonia|
|Official Sega distributor(s): Nissho Iwai (1990-1991; 1994-1996), Videotop (2004-2010), Computerland (2010-2015), Videotop (2016-2018), Iris Mega (2018-present)|
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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.
Sega Master System was introduced to Yugoslavia in 1990. Video games for the systems were reviewed in Svet Kompjutera magazine from September 1990 to January 1991 and Svet Igara reviewed accessories for the system. In March 25, 1991, the first Sega club was found called Video Games Club were people could rent Master System console. Creation of further distribution network was cut shortly after breakup of the state in June 1991.
North Macedonia declared independence from Yugoslavia on September 8, 1991. After the fall of Yugoslavia, Rambo TV Game, a Atari 2600 clone, was released and became the first more known console, that was quickly replaced by famiclones like Terminator 2, the most popular of this clones, which box design resemble Sega Mega Drive 2 and Computer Family Game 3000 in 1 which had a official distributor and was advertised on Macedonian television.
The first official consoles started appearing sometime around 1994/1995, when first shopping centers, department and electronic stores were created, offering a wide range of products, including Mega Drive II, Master System II, Game Gear and later Sega Saturn. The competitiors were Super Nintendo, Game Boy and NES (distributed from 1994 by Itochu), Nintendo 64 (distributed from 1997 by Nortec Multimedia) and PlayStation (distributed from late 90s by Pan Evropa).
After Dreamcast, in 2004, Sega started cooperation with Videotop. From 2010 to 2015, Computerland was a distributor of Sega in North Macedonia, but Videotop return in 2016 as a distributor 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. The distribution was taken over by Iris Mega.
- ↑ File:Sega_Company_Profile_1970.pdf
- ↑ Svet Kompjutera (SCG) #73: "Oktobar 1990" page 45
- ↑ 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/