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Endpoint: Probe Software Ltd.



created on: 4/03/2019
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Probe Software Ltd. was a software developer founded in 1984 by Fergus McGovern and Vakis Paraskeva, and was later renamed Probe Entertainment.
By 1988, the company employed 72 people. Several games developed by Probe included references to McGovern's name or likeness, including the sentence "Is that you, Fergus?" presented to players of Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper upon gaining a low score.
The company specialized in the development of arcade games and movie tie-ins, including Out Run, Mortal Kombat and FIFA Soccer.
Probe's work spanned the early years of home consoles - from ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amiga - through to the PS1 and N64.

On October 11, 1995, Acclaim announced that they had agreed to acquire Probe for an undisclosed sum. The deal closed later that year, with a rumored transaction of US$40 million, making McGovern a millionaire. The same year, McGovern also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work at Probe. McGovern left the company a few years later to found HotGen, also a video game developer. He died in 2016, aged 50.
With the consolidation of Acclaim Studios' branding in May 1999, Probe was renamed Acclaim Studios London.
Acclaim Studios London was closed in April 2000.
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Submitted by : Lo55o (7677)
on : 04/03/2019