AOL has a long, troubled history with of three decades of success and failures to its name. Based in New York City, United States and with Tim Armstrong as the current CEO, AOL is much different now than what it was when it was first launched.The company began its journey as Control Video Corporation in 1983 and was founded by Bill von Meister. AOL served only one purpose; it allowed users to connect the Atari 2600 video game console to the telephone line and rent games through its product GameLine.
The company was barely functioned for a year and was forced to close shop.
That wasn’t the end for the company; in 24 May 1985, it reinvented itself and became Quantum Computer Services. It was still very much in the business of phone gaming and launched the Quantum link service for Commodore 64 and 128 computers. About three years later it launched AppleLink and followed by PC-link for IBM. The company had a short partnership with Apple which lasted for only a year before falling apart.