Knowledge Identifier: &Konami
Category: Business (999)
Founded in 1969.
Countries: United States (30%), Japan (29%), (20%)
Linked to: Nintendo, Konami, Public company, Stern
Their first actual game machine was not created until 1978, and they began exporting products to the United States the following year
Tsuyoshi Sekito - His career as a video game composer began at the end of the 1980s when he joined Konami's sound team
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.
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
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
Since the NES was released in Australia in 1987, Konami's games were distributed by Mattel Australia, just like the NES was
King Kong - In 1988, & Konami featured the character in the crossover game Konami Wai Wai World
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
Bill Elliott - In 1990, Konami released the first officially-licensed NASCAR game, "Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge" for MS-DOS
In May 1991, "'Konami Technology Development Center"' opened in Kobe
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
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 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
In April 1996, "'Konami Computer Entertainment Japan Co., Ltd."' and "'Konami Service Co., Ltd."' were established
In January 1997, "'Konami Gaming, Inc."' was established in the United States
Eurobeat - In 1998, Bemani, a branch of the video game company Konami made a hit video dance machine, "Dance Dance Revolution"
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
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
Hudson Soft - This led to Konami purchasing a stock allocation of 5,6 million shares in August 2001, becoming the company's largest shareholder
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
Harmonix - Konami was responsible for publishing the "Karaoke Revolution" titles, of which Harmonix developed and released three "volumes" between 2003 and 2004
In 2005, Konami accepted new third-party shares issued by Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. and made it a consolidated subsidiary
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
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
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
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
In March 2008, Konami transformed "'Sportsplex Japan Co., Ltd."' into a consolidated subsidiary through a share purchase
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
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
Frozen Codebase - But in July 2010, the game was confirmed to be cancelled by publisher Konami Digital Entertainment "in light of creative differences"
Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 - Konami held its own pre-E3 event on June 2, 2011, to showcase its upcoming games
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"
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 - 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
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
Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013 - Konami held its 3rd annual pre-E3 show on on 6 June 2013
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"
Hudson Soft - In 2015, Konami sold the Sapporo building that had long been the headquarters of Hudson Soft
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'"
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
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
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