Namco (then called Nakamura Manufacturing Ltd.) founded by Masaya Nakamura in Tokyo, Japan.
The beginning of using "Namco" as a brand name.
Enters the coin-operated video game market through aquisition of Atari (Japan) Corp. from Atari Corp. of the U.S.
Changes name to Namco Limited.
Established Namco Enterprises Asia Limited in Hong Kong.
Established Namco America Incorporated in California, United States.
Established Namco Europe Limited in London, United Kingdom.
Established Brent Leisure Limited in London, United Kingdom as European manufacturing base and as U.K. distributor of Namco products.
Aquires Alladin Castle, Inc. Thus making Namco the largest arcade operator in the United States.
Established Shanghai Namco Limited in Shanghai, China - a joint venture with Shanghai Municipial Bureau of Culture, to produce and sell amusement machines and to operate amusement arcades.
Established Namco Operations Europe Limited in London, United Kingdom.
Established Namco Holding Corporation in the United States.
Established Namco Ireland Limited in Ireland.
Established Dream Pictures Studion Incorporated, a joint venture with Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. and Polygon Pictures, Inc., to produce digital contents for computer graphic-based films and entertainment software.
Jul 30, 2003:
Namco acquires the rights to make games based on the films Escape from New York and its sequel Escape from L.A.
Mar 18, 2004:
Namco announces that they have signed a publishing agreement with Flagship Studios.
Apr 01, 2005:
Shigeichi Ishimura (age 51), formerly head of Namco's mobile division, is to become the company's new president. Koichi Tashiro will now move into Ishimura-san's former role.
With the change, Namco's former president, Kyushiro Takagi (age 61), will step up to vice chairman of the company.