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Can anybody tell me who/what this really is? www.atarigames.co.uk


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This is a weird website. It looks like a corporate website for "Atari's" European office but it makes no sense to me. They don't have any games, they are using different branding, it doesn't look for feel like the "Atari" that's around today. They talk a lot about building apps for putting you to sleep I'm not even kidding. I get the feeling this is some other crappy little company that licensed the Atari name to use to peddle their wares. Anybody know any better?

 

Their website: http://www.atarigames.co.uk

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This is a weird website. It looks like a corporate website for "Atari's" European office but it makes no sense to me. They don't have any games, they are using different branding, it doesn't look for feel like the "Atari" that's around today. They talk a lot about building apps for putting you to sleep I'm not even kidding. I get the feeling this is some other crappy little company that licensed the Atari name to use to peddle their wares. Anybody know any better?

 

Their website: http://www.atarigzmes.co.uk

I don't get a valid URL with that link.   Gone already?

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Tried to send and email, the email they have doesn't exist.

 

Also did a whois.net lookup

 

Domain name:
atari.co.uk

Registrant:
Atari Interactive, Inc.

Registrant type:
Non-UK Corporation

Registrant's address:
417 Fifth Avenue
New York
NY
10016
United States

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Wrong URL in the posts above... Here's the real one

 

Domain name:
atarigames.co.uk

Registrant:
Genesis Alexander

Registrant type:
Unknown

Registrant's address:
31 Trinder Road
Hertfordshire
EN5 3EE
United Kingdom

 

https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/genesis-alexander/80/90b/ba8

 

 

http://atarigames.co.uk/web_portfolio_gallery.html

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Contact page has: 

 

Atari Games

8901 Marmora Road
Glasgow, D04 89GR.

Freephone:+1 800 559 6580
Telephone:+1 800 603 6035
FAX:+1 800 889 9898 
E-mail:info@atarigames.co.uk
Skype: @atarigames
 
but yet the map right above it, is of Brooklyn, NY?????

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Well, I googled that address and I'm starting to wonder how just how deep this rabbit hole goes. The first search result that came up for me when I googled the page brought me here:

 

 

http://www.welivesecurity.com/2011/11/09/facebook-likes-and-cold-call-scams/

 

 

It's a webpage that exposes scams and fraud, and from the sounds of it there's been a lot of scams coming out of that address. One of the paragraphs said this:

 

 

eFIX’s web page lists an office in Glasgow under the name eFIX Ltd, at 8901 Marmora Road, Glasgow, D04 89GR. However, a search at Companies House, while it did turn up several entries with somewhat similar names, didn’t find one in Glasgow, and the address doesn’t ring true. The postcode is a fake, and we can’t find a Marmora road in Glasgow (let alone one long enough to hold nearly 9000 street addresses). In fact, the same address turns up in a great many other contexts (design consultancies, music, accountancy, even a buffet service), suggesting the use of some kind of template/boilerplate. It also suggests that it’s not only PC support companies that are suspiciously shy about their real whereabouts. Or else 8901 must be an awfully big building. Of course, it could be an accommodation address for multiple businesses, but that doesn’t explain why the street address itself is so elusive

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Who's gonna call that number?

 

At least the number wasn't 01189998819991197253, then we all would have known it was a scam (IT crowd reference)

 

EDIT - Called them, the guy was 1. American (not British) 2. Completely confused because he works for an outsourcing company, but not representing the said website. He was representing the company itself. 

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Just an update, no one updated this post since June 2015 and these guys are still going strong and seem to be increasing the scam.

 

After getting approached by a rep @ a meetup for game developers, a smooth talker mentioned they were looking for game developers and wanted to see who was interested. I investigated and found nothing at first just this post (and I thought and hoped you guys were wrong [i'm looking for work]), but was suspicious of all of the pics and no new games were released, so I google image searched the pics by clipping portions of the pictures and found all that I needed. So when I commented on their Instagram picture, they just blocked me LOL. So I figured I would write my comment here because they can't delete it.

 

So here is just some of what I found...

 

Thanks to Google Image search, I found that they fake their games promos, all but the Duck Boy Adventures and the stop smoking apps. I give them credit, they have a good photoshop person and came up with cool game names Cyber Slacker, Roof Hoppers, Meet Jack, The Squad (supposed to be release on Aug 10th - but a No Show) is really screen scrapes of a game called Island Defenders (the fourth screen capture on https://www.alawar.com/game/islands-defense/ is the left side of their promo) and is free to play online.

 

Their cool looking game, Technika 808 is really called a character called Skull Bunny, created by a guy in Brazil, just inverted on the vertical axis and smoke added to the cigar:

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here are some other sites they took images from:

http://www.thedesignwork.com/65-amazing-pictures-of-3d-cartoon-characters/

http://webneel.com/3d-cartoon-character-designs

http://webneel.com/fullimage/6326/3d-graphics-character-design%20(1)

 

Their promo material is fake too.

Check this out:

Atari UK Fake, girls on their twitter, FB, and on their site:

@https://twitter.com/Atari_Games/status/755748632465379330

 

The original pic is from a company called VKV Groep:

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So in the end you were all correct, I'm still jobless, but I didn't get scammed. I hope no one else gets scammed and finds this post. I'm not sure how Atari (www.atari.com) will do about this fake company using their name and logo & TM.

 

 

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Found another one, "The Squad" game the left side is a game called "Island Defense" and the commando looking guy is actually from a game called Agent Anonymous – Special Agents on a Secret Mission By Johannes Metzler (https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/agent-anonymous-special-agents/id981455559?mt=8) and a few of his other games (https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/army-one-soldiers-vs-aliens/id897395218?mt=8 , https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/assault-underworld-island/id994614198?mt=8 , https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/fortress-fighters-island-ghosts/id985028563?mt=8). The fake atari up their game with a new image: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJSpONHAvE9/?taken-by=atari_games but it did help me find the Agent Anonymous and the other games, LOL

 

 

I notified Johannes hopefully he can do something.

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