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Olympus Inc. (NYSE: OLYP) is an American multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded on 2 March 1982 by QuickWhitt7 in Orlando, Florida, it currently has over 976,000 employees as of 2017 and is best known for the PlayBox video game console, the Nexus OS line of operating systems, the Eagle line of computers and hardware, several video game franchises, and its Olympus Plus web portal and line of online services.

History

1982-1988: Founding and company beginnings

1988-1994: Growing popularity

1994-2007: Success in the technology industry

It was announced in August 1995 that a television channel was "in the early alpha stages", and was being worked on with its Open Media Ltd. subsidiary. On 1 January 1999, the Oasis Network was launched as a United States-exclusive network. It expanded to European markets in the later years.

Olympus Inc. established a European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland in August 1999.

On March 30, 2001, Olympus released a proprietary disc format called the HS-DVD, used for their Eagle computers and later adopted into widespread use. It is the game disc that would be used for the PlayBox in 2016.

2007-2017: Contemporary era

2017-present: Expansion to other industries

Headquarters

Olympus Inc.'s first headquarters was in Orlando, Florida from its founding in 1982 until March 1999, when the company moved to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bus and bicycle transportation are available around the 650 acre area, dubbed Olympus Park. There are five solar carports capable of producing 2 megawatts of electricity.

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Open Media Ltd. – media production; acquired in 1988
  • Nevermore Game Studios – video games; acquired in 1999
  • Pi Networks – telecommunications; acquired in 2000 
  • Mapsy – mapping; bought from Oracle in 2001
  • Amethyst Production Studios – music; acquired in 2001
  • Dunn & Co – programming and software; acquired in 2001
  • Titans Advertising – advertising; acquired in 1984
  • Comodo Group, Inc. – antivirus; acquired in 2014

Products and services

PlayBox

The PlayBox is a home entertainment system and video game console unveiled in October 2015, and released worldwide on April 22, 2016.

Eagle computers

The Eagle computer brand is a line of desktop computers and laptops first introduced on October 5, 1989. They used the Windows operating systems by default until mid-1996 when Nexus OS entered alpha stages of development.

Nexus OS

Nexus OS is a line of graphical operating systems, first released in October 1997.

  • Nexus OS I "Andromeda" – released 22 October 1997, discontinued 1 May 2007.
  • Nexus OS II "Betelgeuse" – released 4 November 2000, discontinued 1 May 2009.
  • Nexus OS III "Challenger" – released 25 August 2005, discontinued 1 May 2014
  • Nexus OS IV "Hubble" – released 17 April 2009, discontinued 1 May 2018.
  • Nexus OS V "Columbia" – released 4 May 2013, discontinued 1 May 2022.
  • Nexus OS VI "Atlantis" – released 7 June 2016, discontinued 1 May 2026.
  • Nexus OS VII "Voyager" – to be released 7 June 2020.

Other miscellaneous products

  • HS-DVD – a proprietary disc format. Released March 30, 2001.
  • Minecraft: PlayBox Edition – a version of Minecraft for the PlayBox, developed in conjunction with Mojang and 4J Studios. Released 22 April 2016.
  • Terraria: PlayBox Edition – a version of Terraria for the PlayBox, developed in conjunction with Re-Logic. Released 22 April 2017.
  • Minigame Mania – a massively online party game created in collaboration with subsidiary Nevermore Game Studios.