Mighty Ape was launched in September 2008, but our company has been around a lot longer than that. In fact, many of us have been working together for nearly two decades.
The first version of Netscape Navigator is released.
Amazon.com goes live in the United States selling books online.
Simon Barton opens GameZone, a gaming retail store in Symonds St., Auckland. GameZone hosts a series of major release events including the official NZ release of the first Sony PlayStation.
New Zealand wins the America's Cup yacht race in San Diego.
GameZone's first web site is launched as a simple tool to update customers on latest releases, specials, pre-orders and game-related news and events.
3D Realms announces the development of Duke Nukem Forever.
Nintendo releases the Nintendo 64, the last home console to use ROM cartridges.
The GameZone web site is upgraded to a fully-fledged e-commerce store allowing customers to place orders online using their credit card.
Sam Morgan launches auction site Trade Me as "New Zealand's free online trading community."
Sony launches the PlayStation 2 in Australasia.
Simon Barton and Simon Garner co-found Gameplanet, a media site publishing game reviews and news and operating community forums and online game services.
Peter Jackson releases The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Microsoft introduces the first generation Xbox.
GameZone changes its name to GPStore and receives a major upgrade to the web site including the addition of DVD movies, computer hardware and music. Meanwhile, the retail store on Symonds St is closed and a new store is opened on Dominion Rd with the updated GPStore branding.
Nintendo launches the GameCube.
Valve releases Counter-Strike 1.6.
Blizzard launches World of Warcraft.
GPStore wins the award for "Best Online Store" at the NetGuide Web Awards.
The first season of Outrageous Fortune goes on air.
Simon Barton regains the use of his living room as GPStore moves stock into its first warehouse, a small 100m2 unit in Albany, Auckland.
Microsoft launches the Xbox 360 in Australasia.
With demand for space rapidly growing, GPStore moves into a larger 210m2 warehouse just up the road.
Nintendo launches the Wii in Australasia.
The retail store on Dominion Rd closes, allowing the company to focus 100% on its ecommerce operations.
Sony launches the PlayStation 3 in Australasia.
GPStore wins the award for "Best Online Shopping Site" at the NetGuide Web Awards.
Apple officially launches the iPhone 3G in Australasia.
GPStore relaunches as Mighty Ape with another major upgrade to the web site. The Books department is added, offering over 1 million titles.
Mighty Ape wins the NetGuide Web Awards for "Best Online Shopping Site" and "Best New Site, Relaunch or Innovation".
Mighty Ape moves into a much larger 1200m2 warehouse with space for an expanding team and 100,000+ stock.
Apple officially launches the iPad in Australasia.
Marketplace is introduced for customers to sell pre-owned products online.
Mighty Ape adds a Home & Office department selling a variety of gadgets, gizmos and goodies.
After 15 years in development, Duke Nukem Forever is finally released.
Mighty Ape wins the NetGuide Web Awards for "Best Shopping Site" and "Best Site For Gamers".
The All Blacks win the 2011 Rugby World Cup in a nail-biting 8-7 final vs. France at Eden Park in Auckland.
Mighty Ape continues to diversify its product range by adding Hobbies and Clothing departments.
New Zealand wins 13 medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games including 6 gold medals, our best result since Seoul in 1988.
Mighty Ape wins four NetGuide Web Awards including "Overall Best Site" and moves into a 5,500m2 warehouse.
Team New Zealand wins the Louis Vuitton Cup in San Francisco Bay and the right to challenge Oracle Team USA for the America's Cup.
Mighty Ape further diversifies its product range by adding new departments for Fitness & Nutrition, Baby and Office, Art & Craft.
New generation consoles Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One are launched in Australasia.
Mighty Ape launches a same-day delivery service in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and DHL express shipping to Australia.
Brendon McCullum becomes the first New Zealander to score 300 in a test match innings.
Mighty Ape scored Excellence in Customer Service Delivery and the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the 2014 Westpac Auckland Business Awards Northern.
Mighty Ape went on to win Excellence in Customer Service Delivery at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards "Best of the Best" held in downtown Auckland.
The Black Caps make the Cricket World Cup final played at the MCG in Melbourne.
The All Blacks defeat Australia to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Mighty Ape relaunches its website with a fresh new look including a new logo, art style and an improved shopping experience on smart phones and tablets.
Nintendo launches the Switch worldwide.
Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA to win the America's Cup.
Mighty Ape re-launches Primate and offers customers unlimited free overnight delivery from just $4/month. Introduction of a new "Sports & Outdoors" department.
Construction begins on Mighty Ape's new 10,000m2 distribution centre in Silverdale on Auckland's Hibiscus Coast! A new home for both our office and warehouse team and purpose built for our needs.
Mighty Ape begins operating from its new 10,000m2 distribution centre in Silverdale. With almost twice as much space, Mighty Ape is all set for future expansion into new departments and supporting an ever-growing range of products.
Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption II has the biggest opening weekend in the history of entertainment (so not just games, but movies, music, and everything else), making $725 million in its first three days.
Mighty Ape receives 1st place in Non-Grocery retail and 4th place overall at KPMG Customer Experience Awards.
The Black Caps tie the Cricket World Cup final played at Lord's in London. After tying both the match and the 'super over', England won the tournament by a count-back to the number of boundaries hit.
The Silver Ferns win the 2019 Netball World Cup after beating Australia 52-51 in a tense final in Liverpool.
Mighty Ape's distribution centre is awarded a 5 Green Star Industrial Built v3 rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council. This is only the third Green Star industrial built rating in New Zealand.
Mighty Ape adds a Pets department selling Pet food, accessories & more!
Mighty Ape wins the PriceSpy "Shop of the Year" award for 2019.
Path of Exile's inaugural convention, ExileCon, is held in Auckland. During the keynote address Grinding Gear Games revealed Path of Exile 2, the next installment by the New Zealand developer.
Mighty Ape wins the Canstar Blue "Most Satisfied Customers" Award 2020.
Mighty Ape proudly support The Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter service by sponsoring a rescue mission.
The COVID-19 global pandemic causes world-wide social and economic disruption. For the first time in its history Mighty Ape temporarily pauses trading before re-opening to provide essential goods to our customers during this difficult time.
Mighty Ape adopt two orphan orangutans Happi and Popi through The Orangutan Project.