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10 Video Games That Killed Companies

When it wasn't just Lara Croft who got buried.

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It’s sad to see a video game company die. The tragedy of companies such as Lucasarts and THQ being killed off is still talked about to this day, and their back catalogue of historical titles are still making a lot of money on the retro games market.

Poor monetary decisions, pressure from a horribly demanding industry or downright sabotage from parent companies can kill a company outright if they fail to keep up, and this is what commonly happens with video game companies.

However, sometimes a company dies an undignified death thanks to a single bad decision, and the game that caused their death lives on in infamy. It’s a rare occurrence, but it highlights the tightrope that companies have to walk in order to stay successful in such a demanding business.

These ten examples are some of the most interesting and insane. They mark the deaths of some of the most beloved companies with the one mistake that put them under, never to return to the industry they helped define.

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Writer from the North East. Knowledgable in Horror Movies, Silent Movies, World Cinema and Retro Video Games.