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Konami

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Konami

Japanese developer and publisher of numerous toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets, video games, and additionally operates health and physical fitness clubs in Japan add

Category: Business (999)

Founded in 1969.

Countries: United States (30%), Japan (29%), (20%)

Main connections: Hudson Soft, Japan, Nintendo

Linked to: Nintendo, Konami, Public company, Stern

 

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1969

The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa K?zuki, who remains the company's chairman add something

 

On March 21, 1969, Kagemasa Kozuki founded a jukebox rental/repair business in Toyonaka, Osaka add something


1973

On March 19, 1973, Kozuki transformed the business into "'Konami Industry Co., Ltd."' and began work on manufacturing "amusement machines" for arcades add something


1978

Their first actual game machine was not created until 1978, and they began exporting products to the United States the following year add something


1980

Tsuyoshi Sekito - His career as a video game composer began at the end of the 1980s when he joined Konami's sound team

 

In May 1980, Konami moved their headquarters to Toyonaka, Osaka add something


1981

They began to achieve success with hit arcade games such as 1981 add something

 

In March 1981, the Konami logo was established add something


1982

In October 1982, Konami began manufacturing and selling PC games add something

 

In November 1982, "'Konami of America, Inc."' was established in Torrance, California add something


1983

In November 1983, Konami began manufacturing and selling MSX games add something


1984

It relocated to Wood Dale, Illinois in 1984 and in 1999 it relocated again to Redwood City, California, leaving the location in Illinois open strictly for the manufacturing of Konami's arcade video games add something

 

Gordon Walton - In 1984, he co-founded Applied Computing with Don Gilman, and he was development manager for both Three-Sixty Pacific and Konami of America, Inc.

 

In May 1984, "'Konami Ltd."' was established in the United Kingdom add something

 

In October 1984, Konami was listed on the Second Section of the Osaka Securities Exchange add something

 

In December 1984, "'Konami GmbH"' was established in Germany add something


1985

Hudson Soft - The relation between Hudson Soft and Konami can be traced back as early as 1985, when Hudson ported Konami's arcade game "Pooyan" to the Famicom

 

In April 1985, Konami began manufacturing and selling Family Computer video games add something


1986

A new logo with the name in italics was released in 1986 and was altered in 1998 from italics to Roman text add something

 

The Goonies - In 1986, Japanese game developer Konami created two versions of "The Goonies" for the MSX in Japan and Europe, and Family Computer in Japan

 

Castlevania - The very first console title, "Castlevania", released for the NES in 1986 by Konami, was a typical platform game in which the player takes the role of Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont clan, a family of vampire hunters


1987

Since the NES was released in Australia in 1987, Konami's games were distributed by Mattel Australia, just like the NES was add something

 

In December 1987, "'Konami Kosan Co., Ltd."' was established add something


1988

King Kong - In 1988, & Konami featured the character in the crossover game Konami Wai Wai World


1990

By the early 1990s, Nintendo of America had relaxed many of its licensing restrictions, and, no longer needed, Ultra was reabsorbed into Konami's official American branch in 1992 add something

 

Bill Elliott - In 1990, Konami released the first officially-licensed NASCAR game, "Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge" for MS-DOS


1991

In May 1991, "'Konami Technology Development Center"' opened in Kobe add something

 

In June 1991, Konami Industries Co., Ltd., was renamed to "'Konami Co., Ltd."' In November 1991, Konami entered the PC Engine game business add something


1992

In 1992, members of Konami left to form Treasure Co. Ltd, which, like Konami, is well known in the video gaming community for creating high caliber shooters and action games add something

 

Factor 5 - Subsequently, they decided to focus their efforts towards console game development in 1992 with several projects for the SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis, including new Turrican games and other titles contracted by companies like LucasArts, Hudson Soft and Konami, the latter of which had Game Boy development contracts with them

 

In June 1992, Konami set up Tokyo headquarters add something

 

In December 1992, Konami entered the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis game business add something


1993

In 1993, Konami headquarters moved from Kobe to Tokyo add something

 

Akira Yamaoka - Yamaoka joined Konami on September 21, 1993


1994

In 1994 when & Nintendo Co., Ltd opened Nintendo Australia Pty Ltd, Konami's products were distributed by Nintendo Australia until GT Interactive Australia was opened when they took over the distribution add something

 

Yoji Shinkawa - Born in Hiroshima, Shinkawa began working for game developer Konami in 1994; he was the first artist in the company to receive an "S"-grade evaluation for his portfolio

 

In September 1994, "'Konami Limited"' was established in Hong Kong add something

 

In December 1994, Konami entered the PlayStation video game business add something


1995

Shinta Nojiri - Born in Tokyo , he worked for Konami since 1995, and has directed various games in Hideo Kojima's "Metal Gear" series and NeverDead

 

Tsuyoshi Sekito - He left Konami in 1995 to join the Osaka branch of Square

 

In April 1995, "'Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka Co., Ltd."' and "'Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo Co., Ltd."' were established add something

 

In May 1995, Konami entered the Sega Saturn game business add something

 

In December 1995, "'Konami Music Entertainment Co., Ltd."' was established add something


1996

In April 1996, "'Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Co., Ltd."' and "'Konami Service Co., Ltd."' were established add something

 

In May 1996, Konami shifted to a business divisional organization add something

 

In October 1996, Konami Finance Co., Ltd. was established add something

 

In November 1996, holding company "'Konami Corporation of America"' was established in the U.S. and "'Konami Australia Pty Ltd."' was established in Australia add something


1997

In January 1997, "'Konami Gaming, Inc."' was established in the United States add something

 

In March 1997, "'Amusement Content Business"' plant was constructed in Kobe add something

 

In October 1997, Konami entered the gaming machine market in Australia add something

 

In November 1997, Konami was listed on the Singapore Exchange add something


1998

In 1998, Konami released "Dance Dance Revolution", a dance simulation game that revolutionized the music game industry add something

 

Metal Gear - A radio drama based on the original "Metal Gear Solid" aired in Japan from 1998 to 1999 as part of Konami's syndicated "clud DB" program

 

Eurobeat - In 1998, Bemani, a branch of the video game company Konami made a hit video dance machine, "Dance Dance Revolution"


1999

Metal Gear - In 1999, McFarlane Toys, with the collaboration of Konami, launched a series of action figures depicting key characters from "Metal Gear Solid"

 

In December 1999, the official registered address of Konami's headquarters was changed from Kobe to Tokyo add something


2000

Kaizo Hayashi - In addition to film, Hayashi served as creative director on the 2000 Konami video game "7 Blades" for the PlayStation 2

 

PES League - "'PES League"' formerly known as "'PES World Finals"' is the official e-sports worldwide world championship of the soccer videogame Pro Evolution Soccer, first held in 2000, and since re-editioned every year by Konami

 

In January 2000, Konami received a licence of manufacturing and sales of gaming machines from the U.S. state of Nevada add something

 

In June 2000, "'Konami Software Shanghai, Inc."' was established add something

 

In July 2000, Konami Co., Ltd. was renamed to Konami Corporation add something

 

In August 2000, "'Konami Computer Entertainment Sapporo, Inc."' merged with Konami Computer Entertainment Yokohama, Inc., and the new company was named "'Konami Computer Entertainment Studios, Inc."' On September 21, 2000, Konami and Universal Studios announced that they had entered an agreement that would enable Konami to publish a "Crash Bandicoot" game for next-generation game systems, with Universal Interactive handling the production of the games add something

 

In October 2000, "'Konami Marketing, Inc."', was established and began operations add something


2001

Hudson Soft - But the acquisition process of Hudson Soft by Konami would only begin in 2001

 

Hudson Soft - On 2001-07-26, Hudson Soft announced the acquisition of the Sapporo division of Konami Computer Entertainment Studio

 

In February 2001, "'People Co., Ltd."' became Konami's subsidiary through a friendly TOB takeover bid and Konami entered the health & fitness business add something

 

On May 14, 2001, Konami made a deal with Universal Interactive to team up by producing and distributing some more titles, rather than just the "Crash Bandicoot" titles add something

 

In August 2001, Konami invested in "'Hudson Soft Co., Ltd."' and made it an affiliated company add something

 

Hudson Soft - This led to Konami purchasing a stock allocation of 5,6 million shares in August 2001, becoming the company's largest shareholder

 

In October 2001, Konami entered the toy candy business add something


2002

FIFA (video game series) - "FIFA Football 2002" was the final game in the main series to feature the Japanese national team, as the Japan Football Association would sell its exclusive rights to Konami during 2002, thereby depriving not only "FIFA", but all other football games in the market , from using its lineup and likeness

 

In February 2002, Konami entered the Xbox game business add something

 

In August 2002, Konami's headquarters was moved from Minato, Tokyo to Chiyoda, Tokyo add something


2003

In 2003, Konami introduced a new logo for the company's 30th anniversary add something

 

In 2003, Konami of America closed down their arcade division due to heavy losses; the entire Buffalo Grove, Illinois location was shut down along with it add something

 

In 2003, Konami teamed up with the Japanese film production company Toho Company, Ltd. in creating their own genre of tokusatsu TV series, known as the Chouseishin Series, in attempt to emulate and rival the success of Toei's Super Sentai genre add something

 

Harmonix - Konami was responsible for publishing the "Karaoke Revolution" titles, of which Harmonix developed and released three "volumes" between 2003 and 2004


2004

Todd McFarlane - A PlayStation 2 game, "McFarlane's Evil Prophecy", was released in 2004 by Konami

 

On December 16, 2004, Konami Corporation announced Konami Online, Inc., Konami Computer Entertainment Studios, Inc., Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Inc., Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, Inc. would merge into Konami Corporation, effective on March 1, 2005 add something


2005

In 2005, Konami accepted new third-party shares issued by Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. and made it a consolidated subsidiary add something

 

In 2005, Konami was the sixth largest game developer in Japan after Nintendo, Square Enix, Capcom, Sega Sammy, and Namco Bandai add something

 

Konami absorbed KCET along with several of its other subsidiaries in 2005 add something

 

Guitar Hero - In 2005, & RedOctane, a company specializing in the manufacture of unique game controllers, was inspired to create "Guitar Hero" based on RedOctane's experience creating hardware for Konami's "Guitar Freaks" arcade game

 

On February 22, 2005, Konami Corporation announced Konami Media Entertainment, Inc. would merge into Konami Corporation, effective on March 1, 2005 add something

 

On March 11, 2005, Konami Corporation announced Konami Traumer, Inc would be merged back into Konami Corporation, effective on June 1, 2005 add something

 

On April 1, 2005, KCEJ merged with its parent company add something

 

Hellboy - On April 6, 2005, "Hellboy" movie director Guillermo del Toro announced on his official site that he had made a deal with developer Konami to create a new "Hellboy" videogame based on the movie version of the character and his world, featuring new monsters, new villains, and a new storyline

 

In October 2005, "'Konami Logistics and Service, Inc."' was established add something

 

On November 7, 2005, Konami Corporation officially announced restructuring Konami Corporation into a holding company, by moving its Japanese Digital Entertainment Business segment under Konami Corporation add something


2006

Before Konami Corporation had formally changed to a holding company in 2006, various forms of Konami Digital Entertainment companies had been established either as holding company or publisher add something

 

In 2006, Konami started producing movies based on their popular franchises add something

 

Dance Dance Revolution - At the start of 2006, Konami announced that the DDR games would be used as part of a fitness program to be phased into West Virginia's 765 state schools, starting with its 103 middle schools, over the next two years

 

Climax Studios - In 2006 & Konami announced that Climax Studios was working on the next entry in the popular "Silent Hill franchise" of horror games after the original team behind the series, Konami's internal development team Team Silent, had been disbanded

 

On January 5, 2006, Konami Corporation announced the merger of Konami Sports Corporation merged with its parent company, Konami Sports Life Corporation add something

 

In February 2006, "'Internet Revolution, Inc."' was established as a joint venture company with Internet Initiative Japan Inc. In March 2006, Konami acquired capital in "'Resort Solution Co., Ltd."' and business alliance add something

 

On February 28, 2006, Konami Sports Corporation merged with its parent company, Konami Sports Life Corporation, and became Konami Sports Corporation add something

 

The Digital Entertainment Business would become Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. The newly established Konami Corporation was expected to begin operation on March 31, 2006 add something

 

In May 2006, Konami acquired entire stake in "'Combi Wellness Corporation"' and made it a subsidiary add something

 

In August 2006, Konami entered the pachinko slot machine market add something

 

On October 2, 2006, Konami Corporation announced it had completed the acquisition of mobile phone content developer Megacyber Corporation add something


2007

As of 2007, Konami Corporation of America has moved its U.S head office once again from Redwood City to Konami Digital Entertainment's office in El Segundo, California add something

 

Castlevania - Another timeline was released by Konami on their Japanese website in 2007

 

Yukari Tamura - On January 1, 2007, Tamura's talent management agency changed from Arts Vision to I'm Enterprise, a subsidiary of Arts Vision, and on April 1, 2007, Tamura's record company officially changed from Konami to King Records, however, there was no material effect to Tamura because the actual record production of Konami is carried out by King Records

 

On February 6, 2007, Konami Corporation announced Megacyber Corporation to be merged into Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd., with Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. being the surviving company, effective on April 1, 2007 add something

 

In April 2007, Konami's headquarters was moved to Minato, Tokyo add something


2008

In March 2008, Konami transformed "'Sportsplex Japan Co., Ltd."' into a consolidated subsidiary through a share purchase add something


2009

Guitar Hero - Activision and & Konami, who had previously worked together to make sure that the "Guitar Hero" series meets with Konami's patents on music games, developed an arcade console version of the game, titled "Guitar Hero Arcade", distributed to arcades in early 2009

 

NStigate Games - In the Fall of 2009, Konami publishes Nihilistic Software's first downloadable game, Zombie Apocalypse on Xbox Live for the Xbox 360 and on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3

 

In early January 2009, Red Ant Enterprises went into receivership and closed down completely in May 2009, and Konami of Europe was quick to re-sign with Atari Australia after the announcement of their closure in January 2009 add something

 

In early November, it was announced that Konami of Europe had granted exclusive distribution of its games in Australia to Red Ant Enterprises and was to commence distribution with them in February 2009 add something

 

Karaoke Revolution - In April 2009, Konami announced that a new "Karaoke Revolution" game would be released in 2009 for the Xbox 360, Wii, and PS3 as a reboot of the franchise

 

Atomic Games - Atomic Games was developing a third-person shooter, "Six Days in Fallujah", in cooperation with Konami, until the latter decided to withdraw from the project in August 2009, causing significant layoffs at Atomic Games

 

Akira Yamaoka - On December 2, 2009, it was announced that Yamaoka was leaving his long term employer Konami


2010

Frozen Codebase - But in July 2010, the game was confirmed to be cancelled by publisher Konami Digital Entertainment "in light of creative differences"

 

On September 21, 2010, Konami Corporation announced it has signed an agreement to acquire with Abilit Corporation via share exchange add something


2011

Halo 4 - Music composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, formerly from Konami, joined 343 Industries during the production of "Halo 4" in 2011

 

Halo 4 - Music composer Kazuma Jinnouchi, formerly from Konami, joined 343 Industries during the production of "Halo 4" in 2011

 

Hudson Soft - In January 2011, Hudson Soft became a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami

 

After the transaction, Abilit Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Corporation, effective January 1, 2011 add something

 

On January 1, 2011, Abilit Corporation was renamed to Takasago Electric Industry Co.,Ltd add something

 

Hudson Soft - On April 1, 2011, Konami liquidated Hudson Entertainment

 

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 - Konami held its own pre-E3 event on June 2, 2011, to showcase its upcoming games

 

Metal Gear - On June 2, 2011 Konami announced the "Metal Gear Solid HD Collection" which was released in November 2011 for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360


2012

The 2012 purchase and absorption of Hudson Soft resulted in the addition of several other popular franchises, including "Adventure Island", "Bloody Roar", "Bomberman", "Far East of Eden" and "Star Soldier" add something

 

Bloody Roar - Hudson Soft was absorbed into & Konami in 2012, and as a result Konami now publishes the Bloody Roar series

 

Mario (franchise) - "Hudson Soft" was originally responsible for the "Mario Party" series, but as of March 2012 this has been taken over by Nd Cube since Hudson has become a part of Konami

 

Hudson Soft - Absorbed into Konami Music Entertainment in March 1, 2012

 

Hudson Soft - On March 1, 2012, Hudson Soft officially ceased to exist as it merged with Konami Digital Entertainment, with its music business being absorbed into Konami Music Entertainment

 

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 - The game was announced by Konami on April 18, 2012

 

Saban Capital Group - In June 2012, Kidsco Media Ventures LLC, a SCG affiliate, jointly with Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. purchased some of the key assets of 4Kids Entertainment with Kidsco getting the Dragon Ball Z Kai, Cubix, Sonic X and The CW Network's Saturday Morning programming block contract rights

 

Silent Hill - In September 2012, Konami's president asked Hideo Kojima, producer of Konami's "Metal Gear Solid" series, to direct the next "Silent Hill" installment, to which he said he would love to, using the graphic technology known as the FOX engine


2013

Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 - Konami held its 3rd annual pre-E3 show on on 6 June 2013

 

Big Boss (Metal Gear) - On June 6, 2013, during the third annual & Konami Pre-E3 show, Konami officially confirmed that actor Kiefer Sutherland would be doing motion capture work for "Ground Zeroes" and "The Phantom Pain"


2014

Hudson Soft - Furthermore, Hudson still has its own website until it was absorbed into Konami in 2014

 

Hudson Soft - Furthermore, Hudson still had its own website until it was redirected to Konami's website in January 1, 2014

 

Mario Gotze - On 14 August 2014, Konami announced that they had featured Götze on the front cover of "Pro Evolution Soccer 2015"


2015

Hudson Soft - In 2015, Konami sold the Sapporo building that had long been the headquarters of Hudson Soft

 

Momotaro Densetsu - In 2015, a rumor stated that the franchise was acquired by & Nintendo, though no official word from either Nintendo or Konami has been given

 

Roberto Baggio - In 2015, the arcade game company Konami announced that Baggio would feature in their football video game "Pro Evolution Soccer 2016" as one of the new myClub Legends

 

Oliver Kahn - In 2015, the arcade game company Konami announced that Kahn would feature in their football video game "Pro Evolution Soccer 2016" as one of the new myClub Legends

 

Metal Gear - On March 20, 2015, Konami released a statement that they have "already resolved to develop new 'METAL GEAR'"

 

In April 2015, after the costly cancellation of "Silent Hills", Konami delisted itself from the New York stock exchange add something

 

Silent Hill - During the 2015 San Francisco Film Festival on April 26, 2015, del Toro announced that he would no longer be involved in the project with Kojima, presumably due to Kojima's leaving of Konami

 

Silent Hill - On April 27, 2015, Konami confirmed that "Silent Hills" was cancelled, but was open to future collaborations with Reedus and del Toro

 

Norman Reedus - On April 27, 2015, Konami, Reedus and del Toro announced the cancellation of the project

 

Momotaro Dentetsu - However, in July 2015, translated information revealed Konami gave & Nintendo the license to publish and develop a new game, no official word from Nintendo has come

 

In October 2015, the trade name of the company was changed from Konami Corporation to Konami Holdings Corporation add something

 

On October 1, 2015, the trade name of the company was changed from Konami Corporation to Konami Holdings Corporation add something


2016

As of March, 2016 it owns 21 consolidated subsidiaries around the world add something

 

Omar Abdulrahman - Omar has been confirmed as ambassador and front cover for the Middle East edition of the Konami video game Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 alongside &Barcelona (FC_Barcelona)'s Neymar

 

As of March 2016, it owns 21 consolidated subsidiaries around the world add something

 

August 2016 - Konami merges its arcade, pachinko and pachislot divisions into "'Konami Amusement Co., Ltd."' add something

 

Metal Gear - On August 17, 2016, Konami announced during Gamescom 2016 that a new "Metal Gear" title was in the works, known as "Metal Gear Survive"


2017

March 2017 - Super Bomberman R was released as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch console and sold over 76,801 copies in its first week add something

 

In June 2017, "The Nikkei" further reported of Konami's continued clashes with Kojima Productions, preventing the studio's application for health insurance, as well as Konami's actions in making it difficult for former employees to get future jobs add something

 

Rob Schneider - They reappeared on the show in November 2017, commentating over Konami's "Contra"


2018

Alessandro Del Piero - In 2018, Konami announced that Del Piero will feature in their football video game "Pro Evolution Soccer 2019", as one of the new myClub Legends

 

FIFA (video game series) - In april 2018 Konami lost the official license

 

Castlevania - A new game for iOS called "Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls" was announced by Konami on 17 April 2018

 

Nintendo Life. retrieved on April 25, 2018 add something


2019

Dance Dance Revolution - On January 14, 2019, Konami revealed a new "20th Anniversary Model" cabinet redesign, featuring gold-colored plating, a larger screen, and updated dance pad LED lighting