Date: Tue, 26-Feb-85 19:59:13 EST
Posted: Tue Feb 26 19:59:13 1985
Date-Received: Wed, 27-Feb-85 20:49:29 EST
References: <1342@hou4b.UUCP> <8284@watarts.UUCP>
Organization: U of Waterloo, Ontario
I called Atari with regard to their policy towards software developers.
In particular, I was trying to see if they were interested in my
Their policy is not very good:
1) The machines will be sold in K-Marts and similar stores
2) No software will cost more than $50
3) On that $50 software, developers will get no more than ONE dollar.
4) If you want a machine now, you can get one for $4,500, and all
that gets you is a machine with floppies and a monitor, plus
a download kit. No C compilers etc.
5) No advances to developers of any kind
6) No bundled software except GEM.
At this rate, most developers are saying no. You'll have to wait a while
for good software on this one, folks. $1 per product is a joke. Your
product would have to become one of the all-time sales greats of the
microcomputer industry to make you some decent money. At the same time,
they are distributing the computer through distribution channels that a
small company can't use easily or even get access to. And who ever heard
of developers having to pay a 500% premium to get a machine whose success
Brad Templeton - Waterloo, Ont. (519) 886-7304