History of Sega in Slovakia
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This article summarizes what we know about Sega in Slovakia.
Consoles existed in Czechoslovakia during communism and an example is the Tesla XD 8001 produced by the Czechoslovak company Tesla. The existence of Sega in Czechoslovakia is quite a mystery, and few facts are known at the moment. The first information about Sega's entry into this market comes from 1988, when independent retail outlets began the sale of Master System. The information gathered shows that Czechoslovakia was probably the first country in Eastern Europe where Sega products were introduced. This fact is little known, so it can be expected that the Master System was not successful in the country, especially since the political changes in Czechoslovakia continued during this period.
In 1990, Sega established its first office in the country. It is not known what the representative office was called, where it was located, how many years it existed or when it ended. It is known for sure that it did exist. It is also known, that Master System consoles were distributed further and was distributed at several retailers, such as IBEA, which imported and distributed to retailers and wholesalers in Slovakia, and at the Enisof company located in the Czech Republic. On January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split into two countries.
After the break-up, Sega consoles appeared at local distributors including Mega Drive, Master System II and Game Gear. In the following years, Slovakia saw the release of the Mega Drive II (in 1994), the Mega CD II (in 1994) and the Mega Drive 32X (in 1995).
During this time, many famiclone began to appear in Slovakia, such as Terminator 2 modeled on Sega Mega Drive.
In 1996, DDC Agency became a distributor of Sega and Atari in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. However, there was a problem because the companies did not have any seller in Slovakia. Throughout 1996, it was not possible to find a company that would be able to distribute products in Slovakia. This resulted in a significant decrease in the importance of the Sega brand in the market and gave a greater chance to competition, including Sony. After some time, Sega Saturn was released to Slovakia, but then the market was already dominated by PlayStation, which caused Sega to withdraw from the country.
In 2004, the CD Projekt company became a distributor of Sega in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.The company slowly became a representative of Sega in other countries of the Visegrad Group. In 2016, Cenega become representative of Sega.
In 2001, the Slovak Trade Inspection Office recognized Sega Mega Drive 2 as a product threatening the user's life and health. This consoles were imorted by Hong Tran Thiová, Vina Centrum, Poprad.
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