|Founded||As Commodore Gaming 2007, beforehand Commodore International 1954|
|Key people||Bala Keilman, CEO|
Commodore Gaming is a manufacturer of high-end gaming specific PCs, which feature a process called C-kin (pronounced "skin") which allows users to customise the outer case with a range of unique artwork.
The Commodore brand was relaunched in 2007 as a manufacturer of high-end purpose-built gaming computers. The line was incorrectly rumored to be named Amiga, after the systems that Commodore International had previously manufactured since 1985. The product line was revealed at CeBIT computer exhibition in Hanover, Germany on 21 March 2007 and on the 21st April Commodore Gaming began selling their line of high-end, home gaming PCs online. They will also be available through retail channels.
Commodore, the commonly used name for Commodore International, founded in 1954, was an American electronics company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania which was a vital player in the home/personal computer field in the 1980s. The company is also known under the name of its R&D operation, Commodore Business Machines (CBM). Commodore developed and marketed the world's best-selling desktop computer, the Commodore 64 (1982). The company declared bankruptcy in 1994, and computer production under the Commodore brand ceased in 1997, but since then, there have been several attempts to revive its Amiga systems. Rights to the Amiga OS are now held by Amiga Inc., a Delaware corporation.
Commodore Gaming's main competitors are Falcon Northwest; Alienware, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell; VoodooPC, which is now part of Dell's biggest competitor, Hewlett-Packard; and Velocity Micro, which recently bought competitor OverdrivePC.
C-kin is the name used by Commodore Gaming for its design of individual PC cases. The company has a library of around 250 designs that consumers can have printed on the case of their machine. Eventually it hopes to encourage customers, artists and others to submit designs which can be changed by the consumer at any time. A spokesman for the company said there would likely be limited edition machines to go with new launches of games.