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Epyx was a notable software house in the 1980s. Among its best known titles were the Summer Games and Winter Games series, Jumpman, and the "Computer Activity Toys" licenses of Hot Wheels, GI Joe and Barbie. Epyx also developed the Lynx hand-held games console, the rights of which were later purchased by Atari.

In 1989, Epyx filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. According to Stephen Landrum, a long-time programmer at Epyx, the company went bankrupt because "it never really understood why it was so successful in the first place, and then decided to branch out in many directions, all of which turned out to be failures."

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