Konami Corporation was founded in 1969 in Osaka, Japan by Kagemasa Kozuki, who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Originally named Konami Industry Co. Ltd., the company began manufacturing amusement machines in 1973. The company assumed its current name in 1991. Since then, the company has grown into a large international company focused on a wide variety of entertainment and lifestyle technologies and products, from video games to fitness clubs, from toys to gaming machines.
By 2002, Konami was generating over $1.7 billion in revenues, making it one of the largest and fastest-growing companies in the industry. Publicly traded since 1988 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Osaka Securities Exchange, and listed on the NYSE in 2002, Konami now has over 2000 employees, with offices in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and several studios in Japan. The worldwide headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. The main U.S. offices are located in Redwood City, California.
Konami currently employs over 1000 R&D staff focused on developing sophisticated entertainment products for the worldwide video game audience. This staff combines brilliant creativity with extensive research and cutting-edge technologies to produce some of the worlds most exciting games.
These efforts have led to such enormously popular games as Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Silent Hill, Frogger, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Contra and more. Some, like the Dance Dance Revolution series, are expanding the market and actually changing the way people play and experience video games. Many of Konami's recent products have received the most prestigious awards in the industry for innovation, quality and sales.
Konami is committed to leading the way toward the future of entertainment. Our mission is to continue innovating, continue pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology, and continue building some of the best games and entertainment products in the world.
Konami's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1981 title, "Scramble" (Arcade).
The company has been involved titles released on the Xbox One, PS4, PSVita, 3DS/2DS, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, DS/DSi, iPhone, PS2, Power Mac, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, GBA, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Arcade, Dreamcast, N64, Game Boy, Saturn, Sega Megadrive, SNES, Amiga, ST, NEC PC Engine, Sega MegaCD, NES, C64, Spectrum 48K, Sinclair Spectrum 128K, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Atari 2600/VCS, Colecovision, Adventurevision and Videopac/Odyssey2. Of these, "Dancing Stage Euromix" (PlayStation), "Dancing Stage Party Edition" (PlayStation), "Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories" (PlayStation), "Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories" (Game Boy Color), "Dance Dance Revolution" (PlayStation) has been a best selling title.
The company is currently involved with the forthcoming 2015 release "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" (Xbox One).
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