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12 Years Ago Today`
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:39:58 AM »
Another one of my history threads,
but on July 24th, 1996, Sierra On-Line, Inc. was officially sold in a stock swap to CUC International Inc., for $1.5 billion in stock money. At the time, Sierra had over 1,000 employees in California, England, France, Spain, Washington and other locations, and was the market share leader in computer games. With that date, Ken Williams resigned as CEO of Sierra and Sierra President Michael Brochu took control of the company. Ken stayed with Sierra until 1997 as an advisor at Producct Strategy meetings and worked for CUC as a Senior Vice President.

 Sierra would go on to be profitable in it's first year with CUC, and would continue to  purchase other companies, such as Synergistic Software, Books that Work Inc., PyroTechnix and Berkely Systems throughout 1996 and 1997. By December 1997, Sierra had over 10 different development houses working on games. However, in  November 1997, Michael Brochu departed Sierra and CUC broke Sierra up into three parts, with three Senior Vice Presidents controlling a third of Sierra. In June 1998, they elected David Grenewetski as their new CEO. The company was deeply impacted, by the Cendant Scandal and was sold off in November 1998 to a company named Vivendi, and struggled to retain profitability.

David Grenewetski became quickly unpopular in February 1999 when he ordered the layoffs of over 250 Sierra employees and the shutdowns of the Oakhurst facility (where Sierra was born and the first six KQ's were developed), and 3 other development studios. He also shutdown InterAction Magazine. In September 1999, Grenewetski laid off 105 more people, and in 2001, Vivendi cut 43% of Sierra's total staff and axed their Sierra Home Division.  Vivendi shutdown Dynamix, which was Sierra's first purchase and had been a huge part of Sierra since 1990. All of these shutdowns were made to try and make Sierra profitable after the Cendant scanadal.

In 2004, Vivendi shutdown Papyrus Design Group and Impressions Games Games, Sierra's last remaining subsidiaries, and then in June 2004 shut Sierra offices at Bellevue, meaning the company existed in name only. However, they restocked Sierra with 4 new development studios throughout 2006 and 2007, bur Sierra still struggles to gain money and rumors abound that Sierra's name is to be phased out.

This all began began 12 years ago today.

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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 09:54:59 AM »
Very cool, well written. 8)


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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2008, 04:40:09 PM »
Very well done, but it's also a little depressing to see how much time has passed already.
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2008, 12:01:24 AM »
I suggest we turn this thread into a "What were You Doing 12 years ago today?" thread.

I was at a birthday party for a kid at my church. :)
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 06:30:59 AM »
I was enjoying the last of the summer before starting high school. :P
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2008, 07:08:12 PM »
I was enjoying the last of the summer before starting high school. :P

So was I...And I was scared out of my mind too :P
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008, 02:03:37 PM »
I was... doing whatever it was I did as an eight-year old, probably reading or running around outside :P

First day of middle school was scarier than first day of high school for me, I think.

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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2008, 02:29:58 PM »
I was 3. I have no idea. :P

Though the summer before 9th grade, I was totally unenthused by high school. I really just didn't care, which even confused me at the time, since I was going to a totally different school than my base. XD I think the summer before 6th grade I was incredibly excited though. :P
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2008, 10:52:40 PM »
I was scared by both.  I stopped wearing uniforms after 5th grade, so I was worried about being cool in 6th.  Unfortunately, that didn't happen.  In the summer before 9th grade, I was just paranoid.
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2008, 11:13:41 PM »
Dude, you had a circle of female friends who pretty much all wanted to date you. Maybe not in 6th grade, but you were pretty popular in middle school. XD
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« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2008, 11:17:17 PM »
...So?  Not going into 9th.  :P
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2008, 11:00:54 AM »
I was nine and I can't remember what I was doing except starting the 3rd grade (I think) and was scared to death of the teacher.

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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2008, 02:30:00 PM »
I was hating high school already  XD
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Re: 12 Years Ago Today`
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2008, 06:36:10 AM »
To be quite honest, I have no idea what I was doing at the time lol. I know it was a few days after my birthday, but my memory really isn't too good lol. I can't really remember where I was or what I was doing lol. But you wrote a great piece of history DMD. You should publish a book about the history of Sierra. I'd definitely buy it! You've got some great talent here!
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