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Tecmo, Ltd.
Type Subsidiary of Tecmo Koei
Founded 1967
Industry Video games
Products Dead or Alive
Ninja Gaiden
Tecmo Bowl
Fatal Frame
Monster Rancher
Gallop Racer
Parent Tecmo Koei

Tecmo, Ltd. (テクモ Tekumo ?), formerly known as Tehkan Ltd. (テーカン ?), is a Japanese video game corporation founded in 1967. They are best known for the Star Force, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Deception, Monster Rancher, Rygar, Tecmo Bowl, Fatal Frame, Tōkidenshō Angel Eyes and Gallop Racer video game series.



The company was founded on July 31, 1967 as a supplier of cleaning equipment.[1] Two years later, in 1969, it started to sell amusement equipment.

In March 1981, a U.S. division was inaugurated as U.S. Tehkan, Inc.. A month later, on April 1981, Tehkan released in Japan its first arcade video game titled Pleiads (which was distributed in America by Centuri). When it was still called Tehkan, the company also released such classic games as Bomb Jack and Tehkan World Cup. On January 8, 1986, Tehkan officially changed its name to Tecmo.

On the 3rd June, 2008 Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki resigned from the company and filed a 145 million yen ($1.3 million) lawsuit for "unpaid completion bonuses" and "emotional distress".[2] This was followed by another lawsuit filed on the 16th of June by two plaintiffs on behalf of Tecmo's 300 employees for unpaid wages amounting to ¥8.3 million. [3] Tecmo is constantly editing this wiki page to omit these facts.

On August 29, 2008 Square Enix made plans for a friendly takeover of Tecmo by purchasing shares at a 30 percent premium with a total bid of ¥22.3 billion.[4] On September 4, 2008 Tecmo officially declined the takeover proposal.[5] Tecmo has since been in talks with Koei about a possible merger between the two companies.[6] They agreed in November 2008 to merge on April 1, 2009 to form Tecmo Koei Holdings.[7] On January 26, 2009 the two companies approved the merger, the holding company formed on April 1, 2009 as planned.[8]




  1. ^ (October 2002). "Ninja Beach Party". Official Xbox Magazine (11): 52.
  2. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2008-06-02). "Itagaki Leaving Tecmo, Suing Tecmo". Kotaku. Retrieved 2008-06-17.  
  3. ^ Boyes, Emma (2008-06-17). "Report: More staff sue Tecmo". Gamespot UK.;title;7. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  
  4. ^ Thorsen, Tor (2008-08-29). "Report: Square Enix makes $200M Tecmo bid". GameSpot. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  
  5. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2008-09-04). "Report: Tecmo Rejects Square Enix's Takeover Offer". Kotaku. Retrieved 2008-09-04.  
  6. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2008-09-04). "Report: Tecmo And Koei In Talks To Merge". Kotaku. Retrieved 2008-09-04.  
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Tecmo Ltd.
Type Public
Founded July 31, 1969 as Tehkan Ltd.

January 8, 1986 changed name to Tecmo Ltd.

Headquarters Tokoyo, Japan
Parent Company N/A

Tecmo is a Japanese video game developer. They are best known for the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive games, though they have also produced other notable games like Tecmo Super Bowl and Rygar. They are the owners of the development team, Team Ninja.

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