Summer 1997

Mario Vassaux has built a career on games. When it came time to sell his company, he emerged a clear winner. FormGen -- the maker of computer games like the popular Duke Nukem 3D -- was purchased by GT Interactive of New York.

The sale gave Mario the chance to pursue his love of fly fishing and to start his own company, an independent software publishing firm called ionos, Inc. Not surprisingly, the new company makes games for the Internet. "We partner up with developers and let them maintain their independence," Mario explains. offer 50-50 partnership, as opposed to a bigger publisher, who would buy the product pay royalties. design games, while handle all marketing P.R." ionos launched its first game, Zapitalism Deluxe, in April. Gamers can visit the ionos wesbsite at