Konami is a Japanese company that specializes in developing and publishing video games, slot machines, toys, anime, trading cards and even operating fitness clubs. It is a massive conglomerate with a lot of products and services. Konami has made a powerful name of itself on the video game market, thanks to popular series like Castlevania, Silent Hill, Metal Gear and Pro Evolution Soccer. It is also famous for introducing the Dance Dance Revolution arcade dance simulation game which took by surprise the music game industry and is still played today. Not many people know, but Konami also makes casino gaming equipment like slot machines and other gambling systems. Let’s go down memory lane and see where it all started.
The year is 1969 and Kagemasa Kōzuki opens a jukebox rental and repair business in Toyonaka, Osaka. After 4 years, Kozuki changes the name of its business to Konami Industry CO., Ltd and begins making arcade machines. Only in 1978 Konami managed to create their first game machines and began exporting to the United States just the next year. Konami entered the video game industry in 1982 when it began producing and distributing PC games. It moves its headquarters to Buffalo Grove, Illinions. Lather Konami relocated again to Redwood City, California, and left the location in Illinois to specialize only in arcade video games. In 1997, Konami enters the Australian gaming machine market. Besides gaming, Konami also ventured into the health & fitness segment in 2001 by acquiring a subsidiary.
In 2002, the company receives a license from the U.S. state of Nevada that allows them to manufacture and sell gaming machines. They also opened a production facility in Paradise, Nevada for the purpose of making gaming equipment. The next year brings again big changes for Konami. The company enters the film business by creating their Tokusatsu TV series, a type of live-action film that relies on the heavy use of special effects. In 2006, Konami further expands their gaming machine segment with the pachinko slot machines. The pachinko is a gambling device similar to a pinball machine that originated in Japan. It is both used as a gambling device and as a recreational game. This type of gaming machine is popular in Japan and can be found throughout the country.
Today, Konami Gaming, Inc. and Konami Australia Pty Ltd are responsible for the gaming divisions inside the Konami Corporation. The company’s tagline is Born from fun™ and that’s what they are doing. Konami always delivers a pleasant and fun experience to a wide range of customers. Their catalogue is huge and features various games from steppers, to cabinets and premiums and progressives. They also offer powerful marketing tools that can be used in a casino environment. Communicating with the players in real time helps casino operators to better personalize their business by offering bonus awards, encouraging additional play and inviting players to other activities like concerts or special events. SYNKROS, the casino management system developed by Konami gathers important statistical information about gaming operations and puts them to use through KEI. KEI stands for Konami Enterprise Intelligence and provides comprehensive reports and strong analytics to businesses that look to raise not only their revenue but also their client’s satisfaction by knowing what they want and when they want it. Cage, Credit & Vault is also a powerful tool targeted to casino business that allows operators to control their cash, credit and other monetary operations. The service offers in-depth monitoring and can even handle foreign currency exchanges, making it perfect for managing money in a casino setting.
From video games to movies to fitness club and gaming machines, it seem that Konami has tried it all. With a history of over 40 years, the company has always kept its high standards and delivered great products all over the world. Let’s see with what fun and exciting products they come up with next!
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