Overview

  • Our story

    Bigben Interactive is currently a group of 300 employees, the HQ of which is based in Lesquin, in the North of France. Initially focussed on supplying electronic items, it then diversified into multimedia and video games. It did so with success as, from then on, its popularity went beyond French borders.

    At the origin of this rise in 1981, Alain Falc got into the supply and then manufacturing of electronic products. He very quickly anticipated technological progress in the booming video games sector. Having become the French leader in the market of accessories for video game consoles at the start of the millennium, the group began its international
    development by buying up several publishers and distributors (England and Benelux) and creating an affiliate in Germany and a design office in Hong Kong.

    This expansion abroad was rewarded with an entry into the Paris stock exchange. At the same time, Bigben Interactive continued its diversification strategy by adding the distribution and publishing of video games to its businesses, which allowed it to establish itself among the major publishers. Likewise, in 2011, Bigben Interactive bought the Parisian Company ModeLabs, a specialist in accessories for mobiles (protective cases, carry cases, etc.).

    This was a fruitful strategy as accessories for smartphones, now stamped Bigben Connected, are currently the most dynamic industry for Bigben Interactive and are a showcase for its partnerships with the biggest brands. The group has just opened 3 new affiliates in Italy, Spain and the USA.

  • Key dates

    Bigben group - Key dates

    • 1981 : Creation of Bigben Interactive (watches production and sales)
    • 1993 : Manufacture of the first video game accessory
    • 1995 : Launch of the Sony PlayStation® in Europe
    • 1999 :
      • French leader in the market of accessories for video game consoles
      • IPO on the Paris Stock Exchange
      • Opening of the Benelux’s branch
      • Arrival of ADSL in France
      • Arrival of Wifi
    • 2000 :
      • Opening of the branches in the United Kingdom and Germany
      • Creation of the Research & Development office in Hong-Kong
      • Launch of the Sony PlayStation® 2 in Europe
      • Arrival of 3G
    • 2001 : Exclusive distribution of Sega’s Dreamcast
    • 2002 :
      • Launch of the Nintendo® Gamecube in Europe
      • Launch of the Microsoft® Xbox in Europe
    • 2005 :
      • Launch of the Nintendo® DS in Europe
      • Launch of the Microsoft® Xbox 360
    • 2006 :
      • Capital subscription by MI29
      • Launch of the Nintendo® Wii™
      • Apparition du Bluetooth® 2.0
    • 2007 :
      • Launch of the Sony PlayStation® 3 in Europe
      • Launch of the first Apple iPhone®
    • 2009 : Capital subscription by Bolloré Group
    • 2011 : Acquisition of the “smartphone accessories” branch o ModeLabs, French leader in mobile phone accessories, now Bigben Connected
    • 2012 :
      • Arrival of Smart TV’s
      • Launch of the Nintendo® Wii U™
    • 2013 :
      • Launch of the Sony PlayStation® 4
      • Launch of the Microsoft® Xbox One
      • Arrival of4G
    • 2014 : Opening of the branches in the USA, Spain and Italy
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