AOL formerly a company known as AOL Inc. and originally known as America Online) is a web portal and online service provider based in New York City. It is a brand marketed by Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications.
The service traces its history to an online service known as PlayNET, which hosted multi-player games for the Commodore 64. PlayNET licensed their software to a new service, Quantum Link (Q-Link), who went online in November 1985. PlayNET shut down shortly thereafter. The initial Q-Link service was similar to the original PlayNET, but over time Q-Link added many new services. When a new IBM PC client was released, the company focussed on the non-gaming services and launched it under the name America Online.