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Virgin Loisirs (France)
Cryo Interactive / Cryo Interactive Entertainment
Year of death
Formerly known as Exxos and developed for ERE (Infogrames) in the late 1980s. In 1990 they became Cryo and in 1992 an official company, Cryo Interactive Entertainment, was formed by Philippe Ulrich, Remi Herbulot and Jean-Martial Lefranc. They quickly became a very successful developer for other companies like Virgin and Mindscape before turning publisher in 1996. After suspending its shares in June 2002, Cryo was eventually declared bankrupt and all their games reverted to one of their surviving labels, DreamCatcher Interactive.
Virgin Loisirs, 8/10 Rue Barbette, 75003 Paris, France
Virgin Leisure (France) was established in 1990 just after the launch of the Sega Master System in France and in preparation for the subsequent launch of the Mega Drive. With managing directors Luc Bourcier and Jean-Luc Satin at the helm, Virgin Loisirs was a tiny entity of 5-6 people situated very close to Virgin Records based in the historic Place des Vosges in downtown Paris. Within a year, Virgin Loisirs, along with all Virgin Mastertronic's subsidiaries, was bought by Sega Japan and morphed into Sega France.