ⓘ 1999 in video gaming

1999 in video gaming

ⓘ 1999 in video gaming

1999 has seen many sequels and prequels in video games and several new titles such as Mario Party, Sonic Adventure, Pokemon Snap, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Heroes of Might and Magic III, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon Stadium, Donkey Kong 64, Ape Escape, Mario Golf 64 and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation.


1. Events

  • May 13–15 - 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo E3; the 2nd annual Game Critics Awards for the Best of E3.
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts the 2nd annual BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards.
  • May 13 - Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at E3; inducts Sid Meier of Firaxis Games to the AIAS Hall of Fame.
  • March 15 - Game Network hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival IGF at GDC.
  • May - Nintendo has started working on what will eventually be the GameCube, under the codename "Project Dolphin".
  • March 15–19 - Game Developers Conference formerly Computer Game Developers Conference; moves to San Jose, California where it stays for six consecutive years; hosts the 1st annual Independent Games Festival.
  • March - Game Over is republished as "Game Over: Press Start to Continue".
  • Team Fortress 2 is announced for release during the year, but gets delayed until 2007.

2. Hardware

  • Nintendos Game Boy Light GBL handheld console released in Japan only
  • Sony PlayStation 2 is announced.
  • SNKs Neo Geo Pocket Color handheld released.
  • Tiger Electronics Pocket Pro handheld released.
  • September 9 - The Dreamcast is launched in North America with 19 launch titles.

3. Business

  • New companies: 3d6 Games, 7 Studios, BAM!, Liquid Entertainment, Bohemia Interactive, 7FX
  • February 22 - Sierra reorganizes to cut costs in what is widely referred to as the "Chainsaw Monday" Layoffs, closing several studios and their iconic former headquarters in Oakhurst, California. Some employees were given the option to relocate to their new headquarters in Bellevue, Washington.


  • Take-Two Interactive acquires TalonSoft
  • Activision acquires Elsinore Multimedia, Expert Software, and Neversoft Entertainment
  • Infogrames Entertainment, SA acquires Accolade Renamed Infogrames North America, Gremlin Interactive renamed Infogrames Sheffield House, GT Interactive Software GTIS, and Ozisoft
  • ZeniMax Media acquires Bethesda Softworks