America Online (later AOL) got started in 1983 under the nameControl Video Corporation (CVC). CVC became Quantum Computer Services in 1985 and America Online in 1989. Each company was in its evolution helped chart the emergence of the internet and more specifically, online game distribution (from dial-up, to dedicated services, to the largest supplier of internet access in the US).
In January 2000, the world was shocked when AOL announced that it was merging with massive media conglomerate Time Warner (and AOL shareholders getting 55% of the newly merged company!) and in December 2005 Google purchased a 5% share of AOL for $1 billion. However, as broadband turned dial-up into a joke, AOL fell apart, spun off Time Warner, and ultimately sold to Verizon in mid-2015 in a deal worth $4.4 billion. For more info, see the Wikipediaentry.