Konami is a major Japanese developer and publisher of numerous slot machines, arcade video games and home video games. The name Konami is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki, Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako.
On March 21, 1969, Kagemasa Kozuki founded a jukebox rental/repair business in Osaka, Japan.
On March 19, 1973, Kozuki transformed the business into Konami Industry Co., Ltd. and began work on manufacturing amusement machines for arcades. Their first actual game machine using microcomputers was not created until 1978, and they began exporting products to the United States the following year. They began to achieve success with hit arcade games such as 1981's Frogger, Scramble, and Super Cobra, many of which were licensed to other companies for stateside release, including Stern Electronics and Gremlin Industries.
In March 1981, the Konami logo was established.
A new logo with the name in italics was released in 1986...
In June 1991, Konami Industry Co., Ltd. changed its trade name to Konami Co., Ltd.
In January 1997, Konami Gaming, Inc. was established in the US (for slot machines).
... the Konami logo was altered in 1998 from italics to Roman text.
In July 2000, the corporate name was changed from Konami Co., Ltd. to Konami Corporation.
In 2003, Konami introduced a new logo on the company's 30th anniversary since its establishment.
On March 31, 2006, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. was established to take over KONAMI's digital entertainment business and KONAMI CORPORATION shifted to a pure holding company.
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