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About Square Enix Group

History

  • 1975〜
  • 2003〜
  • 2008〜
ENIX
CORPORATION
SQUARE
CO., LTD.
Sep.1975 Eidansha Boshu Service Center is founded.
Aug.1982 Eidansha System's name is formally changed to ENIX CORPORATION.
Sep.1986 SQUARE CO., LTD. is founded.
Mar.1988 ENIX CORPORATION launches publication business in conjunction with the establishment of Enix Products as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Mar.1989 SQUARE SOFT, INC. (presently SQUARE ENIX, INC.) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of SQUARE CO., LTD.
Apr.1989 ENIX CORPORATION, KONIKA ENIX, and Enix Products merge into Eidansha Boshu Service Center, which is subsequently renamed ENIX CORPORATION.
Feb.1991 ENIX CORPORATION stock is registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association (presently Jasdaq Securities Exchange, Inc.) for over-the-counter trading.
Aug.1994 SQUARE CO., LTD. stock is registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association (presently Jasdaq Securities Exchange, Inc.) for over-the-counter trading.
Aug.1995 SQUARE L.A., INC. (presently SQUARE ENIX, INC.) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of SQUARE CO., LTD.
May.1998 SQUARE ELECTRONIC ARTS L.L.C. is established jointly with Electronic Arts (Los Angeles, CA, presently SQUARE ENIX, INC.)
Dec.1998 SQUARE EUROPE LTD. (presently SQUARE ENIX, LTD.) is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of SQUARE CO., LTD.
Aug.1999 ENIX CORPORATION is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 1st section.
Nov.1999 ENIX AMERICA INC. is established as a wholly owned subsidiary of ENIX CORPORATION.
Aug.2000 SQUARE CO., LTD. is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 1st section.
Nov.2001 ENIX WEBSTAR NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD. (Beijing, China) is established jointly with Mauritius Webstar Inc.
May.2002 SQUARE CO., LTD. Enters the online game market with the release of its first MMORPG "FINAL FANTASY XI."
Apr. 2003 SQUARE CO., LTD. merges with ENIX CORPORATION, and the new Company is subsequently renamed SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Jul. 2003 Headquarters relocated to Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Oct. 2003 The Company makes cooperation agreement with Intel Corporation to improve gaming experiences on PCs and mobile devices.
Jul. 2004 The Company applies a new management system to subsidiaries in North America and Europe renaming them to SQUARE ENIX, INC. and SQUARE ENIX LTD. to unify corporate brand names in the global market.
Jan. 2005 SQUARE ENIX (China) CO., LTD.(Beijing, China) is established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.
Sep. 2005 The Company acquired TAITO CORPORATION as a consolidated subsidiary.
Mar. 2006 The Company makes TAITO CORPORATION a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Apr. 2006 The Company and Panasonic agree to co-develop a seamless digital content solution.
May 2006 The Company establishes SG Lab Inc., a joint venture between the Company and GAKKEN, and enters the serious game business.
May 2006 The Company establishes StyleWalker, Inc., a joint venture between the Company and Xavel (currently, Branding).
Nov. 2006 The Company establishes SQUARE ENIX OF AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC. (Los Angels, California, U.S.A), a holding company to control management and operations of the Company's subsidiaries in North America.
Jan. 2008 SQUARE ENIX MobileStudio, CO., LTD. is established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company dedicated to the operation of content-related services.
Feb. 2008 The Company established SMILE-LAB Co., Ltd. as a wholly-owned subsidiary and partners with NIFTY Corporation in casual entertainment portal business.
Oct.2008 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. implements pure holding company system and is subsequently renamed SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS CO., LTD. The Company newly establish SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD., as the Succeeding Company, through the Incorporation-type Company Split method.
Nov.2008 SQUARE ENIX, INC. annouces a strategic partnership with GAS POWERED GAMES in the development and publishment of SUPREME COMMANDER® 2, a real-time strategy game targeted North American and European market.
Apr.2009 The Company acquired EIDOS PLC. as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Apr.2010 The Company established SQUARE ENIX Business Support CO., LTD. as a special-purpose subsidiary based on the Act on Employment Promotion etc. of Persons with Disabilities, and it provides support services in various business operations of the Group companies.
Sep.2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. announces a strategic alliance with SHANDA GAMES in online gaming businesses. The alliance starts with an exclusive license of FINAL FANTASY® XIV in mainland China.
Mar. 2011 hippos lab Co., Ltd. is launched as a wholly-owned subsidiary, providing high-quality original content mainly for smartphones.