"Balls" Ltd. (sometimes called Balls, formerly "Balls", LLC. and "Balls" Inc.), is an American (formerly multinational) video game developer and publisher, and before July 2015, licensor and distributor. Founded in 1981 by Michael Wildshill, John Harris and Bill Williams, "Balls" is known for the Balls series and used to hold the license to make Greeny Phatom video games. The company is located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
"Balls" was founded in 1981 by Michael Wildshill (a former employee at Atari), Bill Williams and John Harris (then-employee at On-Line Systems) as a company specializing in video compression and non-linear editing systems, particularly for Acorn Archimedes computers.
"Balls" made its first game called Balls., and made a series out of them.
In 1982, when On-Line Systems was becoming Sierra On-Line, "Balls" hired many employees from On-Line Systems. They hired employees again, this time, from Atari, in 1984, when Atari, Inc. was closing down.
In 1988, "Balls" gained the License to create various Video Games based on Greenytoons.
In 1995, The British media companies Granada PLC and Carlton Communications bought out John Harris' stake in the Company. Granada & Carlton would each hold a 45% ownership stake, thus giving them majority control. Around the same time, Michael Wildshill was appointed CEO of the company, with his brother Gerald appointed as Head Programmer.
In 1997, "Balls" published "Rainbow: Zippy & George against the Black & White Madman", which was based on the CITV Series "Rainbow". The Game was a Critical & Commercial Success, selling over 24,000 Units on it's first month in stores.
In 1998, "Balls" gained the License to create Greeny Phatom Video Games. During this Time, Carlton would reduce their stake to 30%.
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