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Type: Corporation
Industry: Entertainment, Video games
Founded:

March 21, 1969

Headquarters:

Midtwon Tower, Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan

Slogan :  Fresh, New Fun and Excitement, Always

Konami Holdings Corporation, commonly referred to as Konami, is a Japanese entertainment company. It operates as a product distributor (which produces and distributes trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, and arcade cabinets), video game developer, and publisher company. It also operates health and physical fitness clubs across Japan.

Konami is the 18th largest game company in the world by revenue (as of 2021 according to Newzoo [1]). Konami is famous for popular video game series such as Castlevania, Contra, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Pro Evolution Soccer, Frogger, or, since the absorption of Hudson Soft , Bloody Roar .

Konami is known for its password, the Konami Code, which traditionally gives many power-ups in its games.


History[]

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The company originated in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa Kōzuki, who remains the company's chairman. The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kōzuki, Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako. Their first coin-operated video game was released in 1978, and they began exporting products to the United States the following year.

Konami began to achieve success with hit arcade games such as 1981's Frogger. They eventually established their U.S. subsidiary, Konami of America, Inc. in 1982. It was during this period that Konami began expanding their video game business into the home consumer market releasing games for the Atari 2600, the NSX home computer, and the NES. Numerous Konami franchises were established during this period on both game consoles and arcades, such as Castlevania, Contra, and Metal Gear.

In 1994, Konami became a business divisional organization with the formation of various subsidiaries. Each KCE subsidiary would end up creating different intellectual properties such as KCE Tokyo's Silent Hill series and KCE Japan's Metal Gear Solid series. As of March 2019, Konami owns 22 consolidated subsidiaries around the world.

In August 2001, Konami invested in another video game developer, Hudson Soft, which became a consolidated subsidiary after Konami accepted new third-party shares issued by them. In March 2006, Konami merged all their video game development divisions into a new subsidiary known as Konami Digital Entertainment Co. (KDE), as the parent company became a pure holding company.

In 2015, The trade name of the company was changed from Konami Corporation to Konami Holdings Corporation illustrating their new focus on mobile games. As the focus on console-games development took a hit after Konami restructured its gaming division, the company appears to be considering third-party developer proposals for its IP like Metal Gear Solid or Castlevania [2]. Konami affirmed later that their major restructuring would not affect their commitment to video games.

Bloody Roar[]

Since 2001, Konami was Hudson's largest shareholder. By investing in the video game developer, Konami started to be involved in the Bloody Roar series. They participated in the last opus Bloody Roar 4 and in the game DreamMix TV World Fighters (where appears Bloody Roar main protagonist Yugo) both published and co-developed by Konami.

After being a wholly-owned subsidiary of Konami one year before, in 2012, Hudson Soft officially ceased to exist as it merged with Konami. The absorption of Hudson Soft resulted in the addition of several other franchises including Bloody Roar and Bomberman.

Since the merging, Konami developed multiple games from previous Hudson Soft owned franchises like Bomberman or Star Solider, but most of these franchises stay inactive including Bloody Roar.

In March 2020, Konami made a trademark application[3] for "Bloody Roar" [4], but there is no information about if it's beyond a simple renewal of the title property.

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