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Masafumi Miyamoto (宮本 雅史 Miyamoto Masafumi ?) (born 1957) was the founder of Square in 1983. Initially, he was the president of the company, which was a subsidiary of Denyuusha (which was owned by his father). His initial philosophy with developing video games was to hire a team of people to develop one game. His initial staff were all university students that all worked for him on a part time basis. Two of his first staff members were Hironobu Sakaguchi and Hiromichi Tanaka, both of them quit university after Square's first game was released, The Death Trap to work at Square full time.

In 1992, he left the company to pursue other interests, and Tetsuo Mizuno replaced him as president of Square. On departure, he still owned 50% of his company.

During the discussion of the merger of Square and Enix in 2002, his approval of the merger was essential because of his stake in Square. When the merger went through, .81 shares of Square resulted in 1 share of Enix.[1]

He is not related to the famed game creator Shigeru Miyamoto.



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