Atari has changed hands many times and the Atari today is simply a shadow of it’s former self. However, the company will be hosting contests and giving away prizes over the next year.

From the press release:

    Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and developers of interactive entertainment, today commemorates its 40th anniversary, which comes on the heels of the recent mobile releases Circus AtariTM and Centipede® : Origins. In celebration of this milestone, Atari has released an infographic highlighting its many pivotal moments in video game history, as well as a sizzle reel with footage from a 1980s commercial and the company’s progression over the years to its recent mobile hits.

    “Over its 40 years of operation, Atari has become one of the most iconic and recognized brands around the world, responsible for mainstreaming video games with blockbuster franchises including Asteroids®, Breakout® and Centipede®,” said Jim Wilson, CEO of Atari. “Today, we aim to keep the tradition alive through new and creative development efforts based on what made us great in our early days – offering our devoted and growing fan base fun but challenging games on mobile and online platforms.”

    The company most recently released Circus Atari, a circus-themed puzzle-platformer, and Centipede: Origins, in which players defend their garden from invading insects. Additionally, Zynga announced yesterday that Atari has joined as one of its early partners for its new mobile publishing program, Zynga Partners for Mobile, with one new title coming soon. Other soon to be announced partnerships will allow Atari to continue to reach the broadest possible audience with new technology and innovation based on its popular library of game franchises.

    Today kicks off a full year of events and programs surrounding the 40th anniversary, and fans are invited to take part in the celebration in several ways:

    “40 Giveaways in 4 Days” sweepstakes ( US residents only ): Starting today, fans can visit Atari on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atari for opportunities to win Atari Arcades, t-shirts and more!
    A special call-out to Atari fans: Post a photo of you and your friends wearing your Atari t-shirts to our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/atari.