and Bandai Officially Integrate In North America,
Creating Namco Bandai Games
Joint North American Operations Now Based In Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara, Calif., (January 4, 2006) -- NAMCO
HOMETEK INC. and Bandai Games Inc. today announced that the integration of their two companies is now complete. The two companies are now officially known as Namco Bandai Games
America Inc. in North America. The company now operates out of the Santa Clara, California facility, formerly held by NAMCO
Effective January 2, 2006, NAMCO
BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. (formerly called NAMCO
HOLDING CORP.) owns all of the BANDAI NAMCO
Group US subsidiaries including Bandai America
Inc. (Toy), Bandai Entertainment, INC.
AMERICA INC. (Arcade machine), NAMCO
CYBERTAINMENT INC.(Arcade facility), NAMCO
NETWORKS AMERICA INC. (Mobile games) and Namco Bandai Games
America Inc.(Video games).
“We are thrilled that the integration of the two North American entities is now complete and we are all now under one roof,” said Genichi Ito, the new President and CEO of Namco Bandai Games
America Inc. “We are proud to be part of the new Namco Bandai Games
America family and look forward to a successful year ahead."
“The integration of our two companies has been a team effort over the last several months,” said Naruo Uchida
, who is joining from Bandai Games Inc. and now serving as the Corporate Planning Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai Games
America Inc. “We have worked together to fuse the many strengths each of our companies have to form one strong North American operation.”
The integration brings together two of the most well-respected Japanese-owned interactive entertainment companies. With brands including Pac-Man®, Tamagotchi!
®, SoulCalibur®, Naruto
and Tekken®, Namco Bandai Games
America Inc. 's separate brands now fall under one strong brand, with many new properties and offerings also on the horizon.
Bandai Games Inc. is a subsidiary of Bandai America
Inc. and a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software for next generation game consoles. Unique characters and stimulating game experiences highlight Bandai Games Inc. distinctive product lineup which include hit properties such as Inuyasha
. The company was formerly headquartered in Cypress, California. NAMCO
HOMETEK INC. is the U.S. consumer division of NAMCO
LIMITED, a Tokyo-based world leader in the
high-tech entertainment industry, and is an award-winning video games publisher for next generation game consoles.
About Namco Bandai Games
America Inc.Namco Bandai Games
America Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO
BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in Cypress, CA.
On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd.
LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO
BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.
The resulting BANDAI NAMCO
Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.
As previous separate entities (NAMCO
HOMETEK INC. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top franchises including: Tamagotchi!
®, Tekken®, Power Rangers, SOULCALIBUR®, Teen Titans, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man World™, Inuyasha
, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT®. For more information about NAMCO Bandai America
Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.