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Japanese video game maker: Konami Holdings Corporation (KNMCY) (1969)

Konami Holdings Corporation (OTC PINK: KNMCY, KNAMF, TYO: 9766) was established on March 21, 1969, formerly known as Konami Corporation (Konami Corporation), and changed to its current name in October 2015 , Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with 5,057 full-time employees, is a well-known Japanese video game maker. Together with its subsidiaries, it is mainly engaged in digital entertainment business and is the 20th largest game company in the world.

Konami Holdings Corporation

Konami Holdings Corporation (KNMCY):

Konami Holdings was established in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business initially carried out by Kagemasa Kōzuki, chairman of the Japanese company, in Osaka, Japan. The name Konami is a combination of Kagemasa Kozuki, Yoshinobu Nakama and Tatsuo Miyasako.

Konami is headquartered in Tokyo. In the United States, Konami manages its video game business from an office in El Segundo, California, and manages its casino gaming business from an office in Paradise, Nevada. Its Australian gaming operations are located in Sydney. As of March 2019, it has 22 consolidated subsidiaries worldwide.

Konami Holdings Corporation is currently a Japanese entertainment and gambling group. It operates as a product distributor (production and distribution of trading cards, anime, Tokusatsu, slot machines, pinball machines and arcade cabinets), video game developers and publishers. Konami has casinos worldwide and health and fitness clubs throughout Japan.

Konami Holdings Corporation’s video game franchise includes: Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, Contra, Frogger, Gradius, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Suikoden and Pro Evolution Soccer. In addition, Konami also owns Bemani, known for “Dance Dance Revolution” and Beatmania, as well as former games known for Bomberman, Adventure Island, Bonk, Bloody Roar and Star Soldier Property of developer Hudson Soft.

Konami Holdings Corporation operates in four parts: Digital Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Gaming & Systems, and Pachislot & Pachinko Machines.

  1. Digital Entertainment-bed seats and sales of digital content and related products, including mobile games, arcade games, card games, and computer and video games.
  2. Health & Fitness-operating health and fitness clubs, as well as designing, manufacturing and selling fitness equipment and health products.
  3. Gaming & Systems-designs, manufactures, sells and maintains gaming machines and casino management systems.
  4. Pachislot & Pachinko Machines-research, design, production and sales of Pachinko slot machines and Pachinko machines.

Konami Holdings Corporation does business in Japan and other Asian/Oceania countries, the United States and Europe.

Konami Holdings Corporation (KNMCY) company structure:

1. Japan

  • Konami Holdings Corporation
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
  • Konami Sports & Life Co., Ltd.
  • Konami Amusement Co., Ltd.
  • Konami Real Estate, Inc.
  • KPE, Inc.
  • Konami Manufacturing and Service, Inc.
  • Konami Facility Service, Inc.
  • KME Co., Ltd.
  • Takasago Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Hudson Soft Company, Limited: On January 20, 2011, Konami Corporation announced that Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. will become its wholly-owned subsidiary through a share exchange. The exchange is effective from April 1, 2011.
  • Digital Golf, Inc.: On January 20, 2011, Konami Corporation announced the acquisition of Digital Golf through a share exchange. Digital Golf will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konami. The exchange is effective from March 1, 2011.
  • Internet Revolution, Inc.
  • Biz Share Corporation
  • Combi Wellness Corporation
  • The Club At Yebisu Garden Co., Ltd.
  • Konami Holdings Corporation

2. Australia

  • Konami Australia Pty Ltd (founded in 1996)

3. United States

  • Konami Corporation of America: Current U.S. holding company
  • Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.: Former American holding company, formerly American Konami Inc., on October 13, 2003, Konami Corporation of Redwood City, California announced the expansion of its business to California under the name of the new Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. State El Segundo. Thereafter, Redwood City’s operations were merged into El Segundo in 2007.
    • Konami Gaming, Inc. Paradise, Nevada
    • Konami Cross Media, New York

4. Europe

  • Konami Digital Entertainment BV.: European holding company.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH: The original European holding company, formerly known as Konami Limited and Konami Corporation of Europe BV. On March 31, 2003, Konami Europe announced that it would change its name to Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH at the beginning of Konami’s new fiscal year on April 1, 2003.

5. Asia

  • Konami Digital Entertainment Limited (Konami Digital Entertainment Limited): Established in September 1994 as Konami (Hong Kong) Limited. South Korea and Singapore branches were established in October 2000. In June 2001, the company was renamed Konami Marketing (Asia) Ltd. (Konami Marketing (Asia) Ltd.). In March 2006, the company changed its name to Konami Digital Entertainment Limited.
  • Konami Software Shanghai, Inc. (Konami Software Shanghai, Inc.): Founded in June 2000.
  • Konami Digital Entertainment Co.: A game manufacturer and publisher headquartered in South Korea, originally a branch of Konami Digital Entertainment Limited in South Korea. On May 1, 2008, it became an independent company and in June 2008 inherited the existing business of the former Korean branch.

On November 7, 2005, Konami Corporation announced the reorganization of Konami Corporation into a holding company by transferring its Japanese digital entertainment business unit to Konami Corporation. The digital entertainment business will be renamed Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. The newly established Konami Corporation began operations on March 31, 2006.

Konami Holdings Corporation (KNMCY) History:

“KONAMI” comes from the first two English letters of Konami’s founders Jingzheng Uzuki, Yoshinobu Naka, and Ryuo Miyasa [ KO uzuki (last month), NA kama (仲真), MI yasako (Miyazaki) It is said that “MI” comes from the first two English letters of the surnames of the other two founders of Konami Matsuda Haku and Ishihara Shoji [ M atsuda (松田), I shihara (石原)]. “Konami” is the official Chinese translation of “KONAMI”, the old translation is “Konami”, etc.; in Taiwan from the 1980s to the early 1990s, it was also translated as “KONAMI”. Before the launch of “Konami”, Konami used to use “Korami” as the official Chinese translation; however, Konami was easily misunderstood as a Coca-Cola affiliated company due to ” Konami”. It was decided to use “Kelemei” as the official Chinese translation. In addition, the Japanese Chinese character for “KONAMI” is “小波”, but this will cause confusion with the “wavelet” in “Teletubbies”; in order not to involve copyright issues, it is translated into “Konami”.

Konami’s game products involve arcades, electronic game consoles, handhelds and other fields. Its works have classic popular masterpieces in almost all mainstream game types, such as “Silent Hill”, “Devil’s City”, “Contra” “, “Red Fortress”, “Victory Eleven”, “Heartbeat Memories”, “Space Cruiser”, “Saroman Snake”, “Live Wild Ball”, etc. In the mid-1990s when traditional video games fell into the bottleneck of development, Konami creatively created music games, such as “Breaking Hot Dance”. Konami will adapt authorized animation works into game software, such as “The Prince of Tennis” (GBA version).

Konami games often contain secrets. For example, the famous Konami secret “up, down, down, left and right BA” appears in many works.

  • On March 21, 1969, Last Moon King was in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture to establish “enterprise company” (entapuraiko), engaged in the repair and rental of jukeboxes.
  • On March 19, 1973, the company changed its name to “Konami Industry Co., Ltd.” (Konami Industry Co., Ltd.), the full English name is “Konami Industry Co., Ltd.”, and its headquarters is still located in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture.
  • In 1978, Konami Industrial released the first large-scale video game “Super Destroyer” (スーパーデストロイヤー) using a CPU.
  • From 1980 to 1982, Konami Industries accepted Sega Corporation (Sega Corporation, now known as Sega Corporation) with full authority to manufacture and sell products exported from Japan to the United States.
  • In May 1980, Konami Industrial’s headquarters moved to Shonai Sakae-cho, Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture.
  • In March 1981, Konami Industries used the upright word “Konami” with the lower right end of the word “K” as its trademark.
  • In March 1982, Konami Industrial Headquarters moved to the 4th Building in front of Umeda Osaka Station in Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka (Osaka Station 4th Hall).
  • In November 1982, Konami Industries established Konami of America, Inc. in Los Angeles, USA.
  • In May 1984, Konami Industries established Konami Ltd. in the UK.
  • In October 1984, Konami Industries was listed on the new two stocks of the Osaka Stock Exchange.
  • In December 1984, Konami Industries established Konami GmbH in Germany.
  • In August 1986, Konami Industrial introduced the Corporate Identity (CI), and activated the second-generation trademark with two wavy images of orange and red as the main body, and the word “Konami” was changed to all capitals and italics “KONAMI” , The headquarters moved to the port artificial island in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture.
  • In June 1988, Konami Industries was listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • In August 1988, Konami Industries was listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the first section of the Osaka Stock Exchange.
  • In June 1991, Konami Industries changed its name to “Konami Co., Ltd.” (Konami Co., Ltd.), and its full English name was “Konami Co., Ltd.”.
  • In June 1992, Konami established the Tokyo Headquarters in Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, and its headquarters in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture is the Kobe Headquarters.
  • In April 1993, Konami moved its headquarters function to the Tokyo head office, but the Kobe head office was still the registered headquarters.
  • In September 1994, Konami (Hong Kong) Limited was established in Hong Kong.
  • In 1995, Konami’s consumer video game software development department began to become a subsidiary.
  • On January 17, 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred in Japan and Konami Kobe headquarters was damaged.
  • In November 1997, Konami was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
  • In 1998, the font of Konami’s second-generation trademark was changed to the upright “KONAMI” in all capitals, and the two wavy images of the second-generation trademark formed Konami’s third-generation trademark.
  • In June 1998, Takahiko Hikawa, Vice Minister of Konami Overseas Business Department, and Konami Overseas Business Department Commissioner Wang Zijie visited Taiwan to find partners for cooperative software distribution. Cooperation projects include software culture.
  • On the afternoon of October 20, 1998, Taiwan time, Konami Minister Nagatamoto signed a contract with Taiwanese manga store operator Zeng Qingsong, general manager of Jieby Comics Books, and Jieby Comics became the agent of Konami Boutique in Taiwan. Business, Konami Boutique entered the branches of JB Comic Fun House (JB Comic Fun House) under JB Comics, and Hu Longyun hosted the signing ceremony. Gao Zhongli, Manager of Jieby’s Comic Book Development Department, said that Konami Boutique World directly imports “Pure Love Letters”, “Pure Love Knights”, “Peach Angels”, “Big Bandits Goemon” and “Devil City” series directly from Japan. Authorized products, with “Pure Love Letters” as the main force.
  • In September 1999, Konami was listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • In December 1999, Konami’s registered headquarters was changed to Tokyo head office, and its address was 3-1, Toranomon 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
  • In June 2000, Konami Software Shanghai, Inc. was established in Shanghai, China.
  • In July 2000, Konami’s full English name “Konami Co., Ltd.” was changed to “Konami Corporation”, and Konami Investment Co., Ltd. Takara (Takara Co., Ltd.).
  • On May 29, 2001, Konami Investment Co., Ltd. Success (サクセス Co., Ltd.).
  • On July 26, 2001, Konami Investment Co., Ltd. Hudson (Hardson Co., Ltd.).
  • In January 2002, Konami invested in Genki Co., Ltd. (Genki Co., Ltd.).
  • In August 2002, Konami moved its headquarters to Marunouchi 2-chome 4-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
  • In September 2002, Konami was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in the form of American Depositary Receipts.
  • On April 1, 2003, Konami used the fourth-generation trademark designed by Landor Associates with red as the main color to celebrate its 30th anniversary (from March 19, 1973).
  • On March 31, 2005, Konami sold its shares in Genki Co., Ltd.
  • 2005 April 1, KONAMI merged with Konami Computer Entertainment Studios (U na ミ Nikon Corporation ピ ュ ー Tatari Orient Co. Tatari Te イ nn me nn Suites su Tatari ji Bio), Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo (U na ミ Nikon Corporation ピ ュ ー Tatari Orient Co. Tatari Te イ nn me nn Suites Tokyo), Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (U na ミ Nikon Corporation ピ ュ ー Tatari Orient Co. Tatari Te イ nn me nn Suites ji ya pa nn ), Konami Online (コナミオンライン) and Konami Media Entertainment (コナミメディアエンタテインメント).
  • On April 11, 2005, Konami acquired more than 50% of Hudson’s equity.
  • On April 25, 2005, Konami sold its Takara Co., Ltd. shares, but continued its business partnership.
  • On February 1, 2006, Konami cooperated with Internet Initiative Japan (Internet Inc.) to establish Internet Revolution (Internator Inc.), which operated the portal site “i-revo”.
  • On March 31, 2006, Konami implemented the holding company system and implemented the following two policies to establish Konami’s three major business groups (digital entertainment, health services, games and systems): Konami Sports (コナミスポーツ) complete It became a subsidiary and merged with Konami Sports Life (コナミスポーツライフ) into Konami Sports & Life (コナミスポーツ&ライフ); Konami’s game business became independent of Konami Digital Entertainment (コナミタインジルイフ).
  • On May 31, 2006, Konami acquired Combi Wellness (コンビウェルネス), a subsidiary of Combi Co., Ltd., and Combi Wellness became a subsidiary of Konami.
  • On October 2, 2006, Mega Cyber​​(Magray Co., Ltd.) became a subsidiary of Konami.
  • On April 1, 2007, Mega Cyber​​ was absorbed by Konami Digital Entertainment.
  • In May 2007, Konami Group moved its business base to Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo. The address is 7-2, 9-chome, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
  • In March 2008, Konami acquired Sportsplex Japan (スポーツプレックスジャパン Co., Ltd.), a subsidiary of Tokyo Electric Power Company, and Sportsplex Japan became a subsidiary of Konami.
  • On April 1, 2008, Sportsplex Japan became a subsidiary of Konami Sports & Life.
  • On June 30, 2008, Sportsplex Japan was absorbed by Konami Sports & Life.
  • On August 7, 2009, the official website of Konami Style was closed, and its function was completely transferred to Konamistyle, a shopping site called Konamistyle.
  • On April 1, 2011, Konami acquired Hudson Co., Ltd. and turned it into a subsidiary.
  • On March 1, 2012, Konami Digital Entertainment merged with Hudson Co., Ltd.
  • In June 2012, Konami’s chairman and general manager Jingzheng resigned as general manager last month, and his second son Takuya took over as general manager last month.
  • In August 2012, Konami Digital Entertainment Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment Pte. Ltd., was established in Singapore.
  • In April 2013, Konami Digital Entertainment BV, based in Windsor, England, was established.
  • In June 2013, the Konami Creative Center Ginza (Ginza), located in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, was established.
  • In September 2013, the “Los Angeles Studio” (Kojima Productions) based in the United States was established.
  • On October 1, 2015, Konami changed its name to “Konami Holdings Corporation” (Konami Minutes Co., Ltd.) and its full English name is “Konami Holdings Corporation”, positioning it as a pure holding company.
  • In November 2016, Konami announced that Konami Digital Entertainment’s arcade game division was split into a new company, “Konami Amusement” (Konami Amusement Co., Ltd.) for operation [8].
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