Bandai Namco Entertainment
Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. (BNEI) is a Japanese video game development company and publisher. The company also releases videos, music, and other entertainment products related to its intellectual properties (IP). The company is headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Bandai Namco's headquarters in Sumitomo Fudosan Mita Building, Tokyo
|Kabushiki gaisha Bandai Namuko Entāteinmento|
|Nakamura Seisakusho (1955–1959)|
Nakamura Manufacturing (1959–1977)
Namco Bandai Games
Bandai Namco Games
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||June 1, 1955Namco) (|
|Headquarters||Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan|
|Satoshi Oshita (President and CEO)|
|Products||List of Bandai Namco video games|
Number of employees
|Bandai Namco Entertainment|
710 (as of April 2018)
Bandai Namco Studios
1066 (as of April 2018)
|Parent||Bandai Namco Holdings|
|Divisions||Business Promotion Unit|
Business Management Unit
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings (BNHD) and specializes in management and sales of video games and other related entertainment products, while its Bandai Namco Studios subsidiaries specialize in the development of these products. It is the core company of Bandai Namco Group's Content Strategic Business Unit (Content SBU).
Bandai Namco Entertainment is the result of a merger in March 2006 between the video game operations of Namco and Bandai. Previously known as Namco Bandai Games, the company was renamed as Bandai Namco Games in January 2014. In April 2015, Bandai Namco Holdings changed its gaming name from Bandai Namco Games to Bandai Namco Entertainment.
In 2005, Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. combined their operations. The merger took effect on 29 September 2005. For the first six months, both companies stayed intact under the umbrella of the newly created Namco Bandai Holdings.
On 31 March 2006, the video games division of Bandai was merged into Namco which in turn became Namco Bandai Games. Namco Hometek and Bandai Games had already merged on 2 January 2006, to form Namco Bandai Games America in the United States.
On 1 April 2008, Banpresto's video game operations were absorbed by Namco Bandai Games. On 1 April 2009, Bandai Networks, Namco Bandai's mobile phone business, was dissolved and absorbed into Namco Bandai Games.
In 2010, Namco Bandai Games entered the Guinness World Records as the company that released the most TV commercials for the same product, a Nintendo DS game called Solatorobo: Red the Hunter. They created 100 versions of the ad as the game consists of 100 chapters.
On 2 April 2012, Namco Bandai Games spun off its development operations into a new company called Namco Bandai Studios. The new company was spurred by Namco Bandai's interest in faster development times and tighter cohesion between disparate development teams. It comprises approximately 1,000 employees, who were already part of Namco Bandai.
In March 2013, Namco Bandai Games established two new game studios. The first, Namco Bandai Studios Singapore, is Namco Bandai's "leading development center" in Asia and develops game content for the Asia Pacific market. The second studio, Namco Bandai Studios Vancouver, works on online social games and game content development for North America and Europe, and is part of the Center for Digital Media (CDM). In July 2013, Namco Bandai Partners (NBP), which used to oversee the PAL distribution network since September 2012, merged with Namco Bandai Games Europe (NBGE) in order to push distribution and publishing into one entity, Namco Bandai Games Europe (NBGE).
In 2014, Namco Bandai Games and Namco Bandai Studios became Bandai Namco Games and Bandai Namco Studios, respectively. The change unified the brand internationally in order to increase the "value" and "appeal" of the name.The full company name was changed to Bandai Namco Entertainment on April 1, 2015.
Bandai Namco Entertainment (BNEI), plays the role of expanding the content business, while Bandai Namco Studios (BNSI) plays the role of creating content. Both companies cooperate to provide products and services around the world.
Bandai Namco EntertainmentEdit
Bandai Namco Entertainment (BNEI) is a core company of the Content Strategic Business Unit (Content SBU) of Bandai Namco, and is responsible for all aspects of Bandai Namco Group’s content business, from creation to sales. However, Bandai Namco Entertainment spun off its video games and related entertainment development to Bandai Namco Studios in April 2012. As such, Bandai Namco Entertainment is currently responsible for managing, publishing, and marketing of already developed content, not only from Bandai Namco Studios but from third-party developers as well.
In addition to its core publisher operations in Japan, Bandai Namco Entertainment publishes content worldwide through different entities. Bandai Namco Entertainment America manages operations and handles publishing across North America and oversees operations of Bandai Namco Entertainment Brazil, which operates and handles publishing in Brazil. Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe manages and oversees operations and handles publishing across EMEA, and has branches in France, Italy, Greece, Romania, the Nordic countries, Portugal, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom & Australia. Bandai Namco Entertainment Australia oversees publishing throughout Australia & New Zealand, as well as being the Australian distributor for Square Enix Europe, NIS America, Codemasters and formerly Konami of Europe. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia manages and oversees operations and handles publishing across Asia (except Japan), and has branches in Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Bandai Namco StudiosEdit
Bandai Namco Studios (BNSI) functions as the core video game development studio of Bandai Namco Entertainment. In addition to its video game development operations, Bandai Namco Studios also work on other entertainment content such as video and music, related to its video game IPs.
In addition to its core development studio in Tokyo, Japan, Bandai Namco Studios has development operations in Singapore, which develops game content for the Asia Pacific, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (established within The Center for Digital Media), which develops online social games for North America and Europe.
- Satoshi Oshita, President, representative director
- Shin Unozawa, Executive vice president, representative director
- Kazuya Kiyoshima, member of the board, managing director
- Hitoshi Hagiwara, member of the board, managing director
- Fumiya Takeno, member of the board
- Koichi Honda, member of the board
- Makoto Asanuma, member of the board
- Masaaki Tsuji, member of the board (part-time managing director)
- Masaya Nakamura, founder
Just prior to the release of Afro Samurai at the end of 2008, the company announced the Surge publishing label. The new label was an attempt at creating a separate identity for the company, aimed at a Western audience desiring more mature themes in game content. Following Afro, early press materials indicated that Dead to Rights: Retribution and Splatterhouse would also be released under the Surge label, but neither game ultimately did; both were released with a retro Namco label instead to reflect the series' legacy.
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