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101 Top Japanese Gaming Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Gaming companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Gaming industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japanese Gaming Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

COVER Corporation

COVER Corporation

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COVER Corporation engages in AR compatible virtual live distribution service that allows enterprises developing animation.

Nexon

Nexon

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Nexon is an entertainment software developing company that creates free-to-play online games.

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Playco

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Playco is a developer of instant-play games across a variety of platforms.

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Akatsuki

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Akatsuki is an IT company that offers mobile social game and live experience services.

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Gumi Inc

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Gumi is a game development company that features a mobile social network.

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cocone

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cocone develops and publishes mobile games and applications, and provides assistance to maintain their social media presence.

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Thirdverse

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Thirdverse develops multiplayer virtual reality games.

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GameWith

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GameWith is an online game information community that provides its users with hints and tips for smartphone games.

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SNK

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SNK Corporation is a Japanese video game hardware and software company that distributes and operates smartphone game applications.

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Pretia

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Pretia is a Internet service planning, development and operation business.

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Whomor

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Whomor is a Tokyo-based company that delivers illustrations for social games.

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Square Enix

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Square Enix develops, publishes, and markets interactive entertainment titles worldwide.

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Aiming

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Aiming Inc provides assistance with the planning, production, and development of online games.

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Marvelous Japan

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Marvelous is a production and sales of home video game software Planning company.

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Vark

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ActEvolve develops Blitz Freak, a multi virtual reality game.

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bushiroad

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Bushiroad is an Entertainment company known for developing prominent trading card games such as Cardfight

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G-cluster

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G-cluster Global provides services worldwide, using its cloud-based content provision technology, G-cluster.

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coly

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coly is an IT industry.

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mikai

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mikai is a virtual YouTuber management, VR / AR content development.

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Granzella

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Granzera is an entertainment company that focuses on the production of video game software and VR games.

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CYLOOK

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CYLOOK specializes in the management of professional e-sports teams.

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funplex

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Funplex utilizes game management know-how by GREE to transfer the game management carried out by client companies and increase its value.

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RATEL

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Create the best entertainment in the universe.

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SPODIA

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SPODIA is a variety of online game competitions. Our mission is “Everything’s for the gamers”.

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SuRaLa Net

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SuRaLa Net is a educational service provision and operation consulting by e-learning, marketing promotion and homepage management.

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Ovomind

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OVOMIND proposes a new way to share and interact with video games by adding a new dimension: Emotions.

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Izanagi Games

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Izanagi Games is an entertainment company that focuses on producing and publishing interactive games.

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Nobollel

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Nobollel is a planning, development and operation of game applications utilizing Unity Planning, development and operation of game app.

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Real World Games

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Real World Games is a sports agency that provides to its employees by using ascending and descending stairs.

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Ryukyu Asteeda

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Ryukyu Asteeda is the provider of a comprehensive regional sports club management services.

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Prime Japan

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PRIME will use the questions and requests from customers as a reference for future service improvements, etc.,

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NEXTBOOK

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NEXTBOOK is a Planning, production, publishing and sales of e-books company.

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Media Active

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MediaActive is a creative company of apps based in Tokyo.

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ORIFLAMME

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ORriflamme is a Japanese company that develops video games.

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ABAL

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ABAL is a wireless and mobile virtuality reality system developing computer graphics, consumer game development, and video entertainment.

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FOWD

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FOWD is a comprehensive entertainment company in Japan.

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3rdKind

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3rdKind is a Japanese smartphone game publisher.

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CyberStep

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CyberStep is a publisher of interactive entertainment like online games.

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Wonderleague

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Wonderleague is a manufacturer of VR and AR goggles and controllers intended to provide the best quality products and experiences.

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DELiGHTWORKS

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Delightworks is a game planning, development, and management company.

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Miracle Positive

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Miracle Positive is an Online game business service platform.

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TAITO

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Taito specializes in developing video games, software, and hardware.

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Pokelabo

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Pokelabo is a mobile content development company and a leading mobile social game developer in Japan.

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EXNOA

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EXNOA delivers games planned and developed in-house and game titles with the cooperation of publishers to users.

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Sega Corporation

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Sega Corporation engages in the development, sales, and operation of games.

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PLAY HEART

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Play Heart is an engaged in game production, 2D and 3D design, and web content development.

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Cygames

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Cygames engages in animation creation services and mobile game applications development.

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Ateam

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Ateam is a game developer company that is engaged in planning, development, and operation of games and tools for smartphones.

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FromSoftware

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FromSoftware is a video game development company that develops games for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, windows, and Wii platforms.

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PONOS

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PONOS is a mobile app developer company and developed apps like Ballistik War

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KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS

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Koei Tecmo Holdings specializes in providing creative content services in various fields.

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Altplus

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Altplus primarily engages in the social game business.

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Yostar Games

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Yostar Games is a game development and operating company.

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Super Appli

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Super Appli is a sales and maintenance of mobile phone and mobile device related applications

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Sun Corporation

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Sun Corporation provide communication modules such as mobile routers and devices that transfer & back up mobile phone data.

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KOEI TECMO GAMES

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KOEI TECMO GAMES is a game publishing company that creates and deploys entertaining contents on a variety of platforms.

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IGNIS Japan

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IGNIS is a company to develop and provide smartphone applications as the axis of business.

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Silicon Studio Corporation

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R&D internet solution and create social games

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Alim

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Alim specializes in the planning, development, and production of applications for iOS and Android.

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ZigZaGame

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Planning, development and management of smartphone games

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G-mode

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G-mode engages in planning, development, and licensing of casual games for mobile phones.

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NextNinja

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NextNinja is a game development studio based in Tokyo, Japan.

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WWWave

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WWWave is a mobile content business company

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Spiral

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Spiral is a game changer in providing autonomous drone solutions for indoor environments, most notably during non-GPS situations.

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Mighty Craft

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Mighty Craft provides mobile game development, mobile, and web solution services.

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CyberConnect2

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CyberConnect2 specializes in the development of home video game software.

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Engate

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Engate is A community that delivers fans’ support to athletes

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Gamedo

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GameDo is a small game development company located in Sapporo that specializes in developing small to medium-sized games.

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Axel Mark

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Axel Mark primarily engages in gaming, advertising, and experience business.

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Claytechworks

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Claytechworks is a company that “creates and provides creatives that shake emotions.”

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AIDIS

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AIDIS specializes in game planning, development, and management.

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Angoo

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Angoo is a game production company that continues to make quality games.

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Geisha Tokyo Japan

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Geisha Tokyo is an entertainment company offering apps for mobile devices.

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SAKURA

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SAKURA specializes in the applications, web and game development.

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Samurai Gamers

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Samurai Gamers is a general game information company.

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Indigames

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Indigames specializes in game publishing and game development services.

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GungHo Online Entertainment

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GungHo Online Entertainment is a management and distribution of smartphone games.

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J.C.STAFF

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J.C.STAFF is a Japanese animation production company.

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Phalanx

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Phalanx is an internet based company.

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CryptoGames

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CryptoGames is a blockchain game developer.

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Uni Create

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Uni Create is a xR content production IT venture.

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Applibot

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Applibot is a mobile games developer company and has developed various games for the Android and iPhone users.

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GameOn Japan

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GameOn is a Gameing Service

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Digital Media Lab

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Digital Media Lab is a company specialized in games development and CG video content production for commercials, movies and TV programs.

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alphapolice

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Alpha Police is a web-based portal that offers novels, comics, games, and book information.

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zeteoh

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Our mission is to provide AI for every person and every organization everywhere. Combining IoT with AI to create AIoT is our solution.

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GamerCoach

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GamerCoach is an online platform that connects gamer and coaches for e-sports.

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CAPCOM Japan

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CAPCOM is a sales and distribution of home video game software company

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DMM.com Override

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Online game creative office

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Hit-Point

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Hit-Point is a mobile game developer in Japan.

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Ubisoft Japan

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Ubisoft Japan provides game software publishing and licensing services.

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ANIMA

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ANIMA is an animation studio that specializes in 3DCG movies, game graphics, live-action compositing, and original content services.

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D4 Enterprise

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D4 Enterprise provides retro-game distribution and reproduction services.

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Sumzap

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Sumzap create new entertainment and provide content that will be appreciated by users by pursuing unique rules for smartphone content.

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BANDAI NAMCO Studios

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BANDAI NAMCO Studios is an entertainment content studio that specializes in video games.

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OperaHouse

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OperaHouse is a computer software company that provides games and animation.

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Enish

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Enish is a mobile game development and publishing company.

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Silver Star Japan

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Silver Star Japan offers development and sales of game and utility software services.

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Dropseed

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Drop Seed backs up the introduction of tools, new technologies, and challenges to different positions

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EPOCH

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EPOCH EPOCH is a developer and manufacturer of toys, hobbies, miscellaneous goods.

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Kadokawa Games

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Kadokawa Games is an international online games publisher that specializes in creating high-quality and innovative games.

Written by Mark Fitz

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