History

Guillemot Corporation: Two strong brands with passion

A designer and manufacturer of interactive entertainment equipment and accessories, listed on the stock market since 1998 and a major player in the market since 1984, Guillemot Corporation (€60.9 million in 2019) focuses its activities on its two flagship brands: Hercules for the digital hardware and peripherals segment and Thrustmaster for PC and console gaming accessories. 

The Group is currently present in eleven countries, including France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, Canada, Italy, Belgium, China, Hong Kong and Romania, and distributes its products in more than one hundred countries worldwide, with the aim of offering high-performance and user-friendly products to maximize user satisfaction with interactive digital entertainment.  

Thrustmaster: a distinguished video gaming tradition

For over thirty years, Thrustmaster has been developing high-tech video game accessories designed to satisfy and entertain all types of gamers.

Drawing on its know-how and technological expertise, Thrustmaster develops products—flight simulation peripherals, headsets, and controllers—designed to offer extremely accurate gameplay, providing a completely immersive experience with optimal realism across numerous platforms.

Thrustmaster takes pride in its core values, "Passion, Quality and Innovation", and constantly strives to improve the realism and immersiveness in legendary game worlds by offering thrilling and truly exceptional experiences. From video game enthusiasts to casual gamers, Thrustmaster accessories for PC and gaming consoles bring everyone’s dreams to life.

1990

Thrustmaster is founded in the United States: a brand specialized in the development of high-end controllers.

Thrustmaster's teams are made up of engineers and pilots from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and NASA. The "Millennium" controller is developed under license from NASA.

1999

In the video game accessories market, Guillemot Corporation becomes one of the world leaders in racing wheels and controllers for PCs with the acquisition of the Peripherals and Accessories division of the American Thrustmaster® group.

The first replica of a Ferrari® racing wheel is created: the FERRARI 360 MODENA racing wheel.

2000

The Firestorm® range of controllers is marketed under the Guillemot brand; it features a timelessly unique and customized shape.

2001

Thrustmaster participates in the famous E3 trade show in Los Angeles for the first time.

The very first products that allow users to use their bodies to manipulate the game, providing unique interactivity–and total immersion–are unveiled: the Freestyler Board (surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding), Freestyler Bike (bike/motorcycle racing) and Fightingarena (combat) peripherals.

2002

The Thrustmaster HOTAS COUGAR™ controller is launched; it is a replica of the flight controls of the legendary F-16 fighter jet, developed in partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

The first Ferrari F1 racing wheel, inspired by the racing wheel used by Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, is released.

The Tacticalboard, a keyboard with a unique personalized design, aimed at experienced players, is released in stores.

The first controller for the Nintendo ® GameCube game system is released.

2003

Thrustmaster launches a new Ferrari replica racing wheel: the Enzo racing wheel.

2005

A range of peripherals dedicated to the new Sony PSP® console is launched.

2006

Thrustmaster partners with The Virtual Thunderbirds to offer the best flight simulation pilots their most advanced joystick yet.

2007 – February

A new range of accessories for Nintendo® Wii® and DS™ Lite consoles is released and, to celebrate the European launch of the Sony PS3™ console, the innovative new Run'N'Drive multi-platform universal gamepads are introduced.

2007 – November

Thrustmaster launches a new range of controllers dedicated to flight simulations.

2008

Thrustmaster continues to update its line of controllers with the T.Flight HOTAS X, a model with predefined configurations designed for the most famous flight simulations on the market.

2009 – January

Thrustmaster unveils its latest innovation - H.E.A.R.T. (HALLEFFECT ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY) technology – with the new T.16000M joystick. It incorporates 3D (Hall effect) magnetic sensors that offer an unprecedented level of precision that does not deteriorate over time.

2009

Thrustmaster launches its first product under license from Disney on the European market, the Toy Story Mania Ray Gun.

2010 – May

A new concept is unveiled: the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition racing wheel. This foldable wireless device offers gamers a complete integrated racing wheel and pedal set inspired by flight cockpits. It is fully adaptable to the size of any gamer, allowing them to play anywhere they want: in their living room, comfortably seated on a couch, or in an armchair.

2010 – June

Visitors to the California Science Center are given a very special preview at E3: Thrustmaster unveils the successor to its famous HOTAS Cougar controller, developed in close collaboration with the international community of flight simulation enthusiasts: the HOTAS WARTHOG™, marketed under license from the U.S. Air Force.

2010 – July

The Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit 430 Scuderia Edition racing wheel is named "Product of the Month" and crowned "#1 Racing Wheel” in the July/August edition of the Spanish magazine Playmania.

2010 – August

At the German Gamescom video game trade show, Thrustmaster unveils its new products under license: Disney Cars, Epic Mickey, Fairies and TRON.

2010 – December

Thrustmaster releases the T500 RS, a set consisting of a racing wheel and pedal set, under official license from Gran Turismo® 5 and PlayStation®3. As a true simulator, the T500 RS combines power and precision, guaranteeing a unique and realistic immersion in games.

2011 – January

The HOTAS WARTHOG receives the "Innovation Award" in the gaming accessories category at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

American website SimHQ.com awards the HOTAS WARTHOG the title "Best of 2010 Simulations" in the PC peripherals category.

French website Ère Numérique gives the T500 RS a score of 9 out of 10, praising its "millimetric precision" and the "quality and power of the force feedback".

Panasonic Japan chooses Thrustmaster as its partner to enrich its customers' gaming experience.

2011 – February

English magazine PC Pilot calls the HOTAS WARTHOG a "masterpiece" and awards it its Platinum prize.

2011 – May

A new range of products under license from Disney is released, with Cars 2 accessories for PS3™, Wii™ and DSi.

2011 – August

Thrustmaster stands out at the Gamescom trade show in Germany with its unique "motorhome" concept; the company's marketing teams provide demonstrations of the brand's latest releases inside a personalized vehicle. New products are announced: the Ferrari 458 Italia racing wheel, the first racing wheel under official license from Microsoft Corporation, Xbox 360® and Ferrari; the TH8 RS premium independent gearbox, equipped with versatile H and sequential grids; and a new range of Princess accessories under license from Disney.

2011 – September

Live from the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monza, Italy, Thrustmaster unveils its new products under official Ferrari license: the Ferrari F1 Wheel Integral T500 and the Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On.

2011 – November

Two Thrustmaster gamepads flying the colors of the Ferrari 150th Italia, the fruit of the collaboration with Ferrari, are launched: the F1 Wireless Gamepad Ferrari 150th Italia Alonso Edition and the F1 Dual Analog Gamepad Ferrari 150th Italia Exclusive Edition.

2012

Thrustmaster presents its first accessories under official PS Vita license.

2013

Launch of the first racing wheel for the Xbox One® console, the TX Racing Wheel 458 Italia Edition with an innovative Brushless motor and magnetic sensor to ensure unparalleled precision

Thrustmaster unveils its first gaming headset under official PlayStation®4 license. Thrustmaster launches a headset that provides ideal restitution for the most demanding players.

Launch of the first official racing wheel for PlayStation®4, the T80.

2014

Launch of the most affordable racing wheel under official Xbox One® license, the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel.

Presentation at E3 of the T300RS, a high-end racing wheel with a Brushless motor and magnetic sensor for PlayStation®4.

2015

Launch of the only consumer Force Feedback racing wheels for PlayStation®4, the T150 Force Feedback and its Ferrari-licensed alter-ego the T150 Ferrari Wheel Force Feedback.

Launch of the world's first joystick dedicated to the PlayStation®4 console under license from Sony, the T.Flight Hotas 4 .

2016

To celebrate the release of DOOM® game, Thrustmaster launches the new Y-350X gaming headset under worldwide DOOM® license with spatialized virtual 7.1 sound for an even more immersive experience.

Launch of the high-end TS-PC Racer racing wheel for PC.

2017

Presentation at E3 of the first officially licensed joystick for Xbox One®, the T.Flight Hotas One.

At E3, Thrustmaster unveils its new high-end racing wheel for PlayStation®4, the T-GT, under license from Gran Turismo®.

Launch of a high-end racing wheel for Xbox One®, the TS-XW Racer SPARCO P310 Competition Mod under license from Sparco®.

2018

Launch of the top-of-the-line handbrake under license from Sparco, the TSS Handbrake Sparco Mod.

Presentation of the brand's new top-of-the-line rudder pedal, the TPR, at the Royal International Air Tattoo in the UK and EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Launch of the first gaming headset inspired by the Scuderia Ferrari paddock, the T.Racing Scuderia Ferrari Edition.

Thrustmaster hosts the world final of the aerial combat "Phoenix Tournament” from Gaijin's War Thunder game at its booth at Paris Games Week.

Thrustmaster honors U.S. Air Force pilots by launching the T.Flight U.S.Air Force™ Edition headset, under official license from the U.S. Air Force

2019

Thrustmaster partners with the "Jean Alesi eSport Academy" to support high-potential sim racers.

Three Thrustmaster-sponsored drivers win top honors at the "2019 eSports WRC World" final.

Launch of the ESWAP PRO CONTROLLER joystick with its innovative hot swap feature, offering rapid advanced modularity.

2020

Launch of the most advanced Thrustmaster pedal set to date, the T-LCM with a load cell offering more realism and precision.