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The Sega Games Co., Ltd. , originally short for Service Games and officially styled as SEGA, is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple offices around the world.
Sega developed and manufactured numerous home video game consoles from 1983 to 2001, but the financial losses incurred from its Dreamcast console caused the company to restructure in 2001, and subsequently focus on providing software as a third-party developer.
Nonetheless,Sega remains the world’s most prolific arcade producer, with over 500 games in over 70 franchises on more than 20 different arcade system boards since 1981.
Sega, along with their sub-studios, are known for their multi-million selling game franchises,
such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtua Fighter, Phantasy Star, Yakuza, and Total War. Sega’s head offices are located in Tokyo.
Sega’s North American division, Sega of America, is headquartered in Irvine, California, having moved there from San Francisco in 2015.
Sega’s European division, Sega Europe, is headquartered in London.
In 2005, Sega sold its major western studio Visual Concepts to Take-Two Interactive,
and purchased UK-based developer Creative Assembly, known for its Total War series.
In the same year, the Sega Racing Studio was also formed by former Codemasters employees.
In 2006, Sega Europe purchased Sports Interactive, known for its Football Manager series.
Sega of America purchased Secret Level in 2006, which was renamed to Sega Studio San Francisco in 2008. In early 2008,
Sega announced that they would re-establish an Australian presence, as a subsidiary of Sega of Europe,
with a development studio branded as Sega Studio Australia. In the same year, Sega launched a subscription based flash website called “PlaySEGA” which played emulated versions of Sega Genesis as well original web-based flash games.
It was subsequently shut down due to low subscription numbers.
In 2013, following THQ’s bankruptcy, Sega bought Relic Entertainment, known for its Company of Heroes series.
Sega has also collaborated with many western studios such as Bizarre Creations, Backbone Entertainment, Monolith, Sumo Digital, Kuju Entertainment, Obsidian Entertainment and Gearbox Software.
In 2008, Sega announced the closure of Sega Racing Studio, although the studio was later acquired by Codemasters.
Closures of Sega Studio San Francisco and Sega Studio Australia followed in 2010 and 2012, respectively.-Justplay
The Sonic the Hedgehog series continued to be internationally recognized, having sold 150 million in total,
although the critical reception of games in the series has been mixed.
In 2007, Sega and Nintendo teamed up using Sega’s acquired Olympic Games license,
to create the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series, which has sold over 20 million in total.
In the console and handheld business, Sega found success in Japan with the Yakuza and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series of games, amongst others primarily aimed at the Japanese market.
In Japan, Sega distributes titles from smaller Japanese game developers and localizations of western titles.
In 2013, Index Corporation was purchased by Sega Sammy after going bankrupt.
After the buyout, Sega officially split Index, making Atlus, the video game developer and publisher, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sega.
Atlus is known for its Megami Tensei and Persona series of role-playing games.
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