Cygames

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Cygames, Inc.
Native name
株式会社Cygamesサイゲームス
Kabushiki gaisha Saigēmuzu
TypeSubsidiary
Industry
FoundedMay 9, 2011; 9 years ago (2011-05-09)
HeadquartersShibuya, ,
Japan
Number of locations
4
Key people
Koichi Watanabe (President)
Owner
Number of employees
2,461 (2019)
ParentCyberAgent
SubsidiariesBlazeGames
Citail
CyDesignation
CygamesPictures
Cygames Taiwan
Cymusic
Cysharp
GameJeans
Kusanagi
LogicLinks
Scoop Music Corporation
WithEntertainment[1]
Websitecygames.co.jp

Cygames, Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社Cygamesサイゲームス, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Saigēmuzu) is a Japanese video game development studio established in 2011 by CyberAgent. Mobile and E-commerce company DeNA acquired a 24% stake in the studio in 2012, and Nintendo acquired another 5% stake in 2018, leaving CyberAgent with 69% of the shares and as such, they are the parent company of Cygames. From its formation, the company produced mobile games, initially on the Mobage platform, and from 2013 on Android and iOS. The company headquarters is located in Tokyo while other divisions are located in Osaka and Saga in Japan and Seoul, South Korea.

Key IPs include Rage of Bahamut (2011), The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls (2011, with Bandai Namco Entertainment), Granblue Fantasy (2014), and Shadowverse (2016). The company began development of console games in 2015. In 2016 Cygames announced the establishment of an anime studio CygamesPictures. The company also began funding anime for its mobile property and for new projects and adaptations for anime. The company also entered the manga, music and design market in the time period.

History[edit]

Cygames, Inc. was established in 2011 by CyberAgent,[2] a Japanese web services company. In 2012, DeNA purchased a 24% stake in Cygames.[3] Shortly thereafter, the studio was chosen by Gamasutra as one of the top 10 game developers of the year.[4]

In June 2012, Cygames founded CyDesignation, a company specialized in Design, Illustration, Game planning and Game development.[5][1]

In March 2016, Cygames announced the establishment of its own anime production division and anime studio as a subsidiary known as CygamesPictures to do planning, production and animation both for Cygames own IPs and original anime projects as well.[6][7]

In June 2016, Cygames announced the acquisition of the gaming and anime background studio Kusanagi.[8]

In 2016, Cygames announced that it was developing Project Awakening, its first large-format title for consoles[9] as well as the establishment of their Osaka studio focused on console games.[10]

In May 2017, Cygames and Kodansha announced that they formed a partnership to launch a new label called Cycomi. The new label is made for a print release in volumes distributed by Kodansha for the manga already published online by Cygames in its own site and app called Cycomics like the ones based on their property but also completely new ones.[11]

On June 8, 2017, Cygames and its parent company CyberAgent announced that they jointly established CA-Cygames Anime Fund”, a fund for investing in anime IP which will inject funds to the anime production committee to obtain the rights to stream anime videos on the Internet and produce games with a total amount of funds to be 3 billion yen.

In 2017, Cygames founded its esports team, Cygames Beast, with Street Fighter players Daigo Umehara, Snake Eyez, and PR Balrog.[12][13] Since July 2017, Cygames is an official sponsor of Juventus Football Club. In April 2018, a partnership with Nintendo was announced to develop the game Dragalia Lost, for the purpose of facilitating the partnership Nintendo will obtain approximately 5 percent of Cygames's issued stocks.[14]

In May 2018, Cygames announced the establishment of a subsidiary for music production and artist management called Cymusic.[15]

Games developed[edit]

Mobile/web browser games[edit]

Title Original release date Publisher(s) Platforms JP WW Remarks
Rage of Bahamut
  • JP: September 1, 2011
mobage Yes Closed
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls
  • JP: November 28, 2011
mobage, Android, iOS, AndApp Yes No
  • Saint Seiya Galaxy Card Battle
  • (Co-developed with DeNA)
  • JP: April 12, 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
  • Disney Fantasy Quest
  • JP: April 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Super Sentai Heroes
  • JP: April 26, 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Battle Spirits: Hasha no Houkou
  • JP: April 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Sakatsuku S World Stars
  • JP: June 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
  • JP: July 19, 2012
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
TIGER & BUNNY Lord of Hero
  • JP: July 27, 2012
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Sangokushi Puzzle Taisen
  • JP: August 2013
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Knights of Glory[16]
  • JP: November 2013
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
La Rudiaia Chronicle
  • JP: November 2013
  • JP: Cygames
mobage Yes No Servers closed
Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light
  • JP: January 23, 2014
Android, iOS Yes No
Granblue Fantasy
  • JP: March 10, 2014
  • JP: Cygames
Yes No[a]
  • WW: February 12, 2015
  • WW: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes Yes Servers closed
LINE Paper Dash World
  • JP: March 2015
LINE GAME Yes No Servers closed
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage
  • JP: September 3, 2015
Android, iOS Yes No
  • Rabitobi
  • (Developed by Citail)
  • JP: September 2015
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
  • JP: February 18, 2015
Ameba Yes No Servers closed
  • Kindai Mahjong All Stars Touhaiden
  • (Co-developed with Takeshobo)
  • JP: September 2015
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Shadowverse
  • WW: June 17, 2016
  • WW: Cygames
Android, iOS, DMM Games, Steam Yes Yes
  • JP: August 9, 2017
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
  • Sevens Story
  • (Co-developed with WithEntertainment Inc.)
  • JP: August 18, 2017
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
  • Odin Crown[17]
  • (Co-developed with GameJeans, CyDesignation)
  • JP: February 8, 2018
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No Servers closed
Princess Connect! Re:Dive
  • JP: February 15, 2018
  • WW: January 19, 2021
Android, iOS Yes Yes
Dragalia Lost
  • WW: September 27, 2018
Android, iOS Yes Yes
  • World Flipper
  • (Co-developed with Citail)
  • JP: November 27, 2019
  • WW: 2021
Android, iOS Yes No
Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  • JP: February 21, 2021
  • JP: Cygames
Android, iOS Yes No
Eiyuu Gakuen Hero-ka
  • JP: Cygames
TBA Yes No
Untitled Cygames crossover game
  • JP: Cygames
TBA Yes No
  1. ^ Granblue Fantasy is not formally available on app stores outside of Japan; however, the game client is fully localized into English with new updates on pace with Japanese content releases, there is no region locking and, so long as a user can navigate account creation in Japanese, the game can be freely accessed outside of Japan, and in-app purchases in currencies other than JPY are supported via PayPal or Google Play, meaning that the game and all features (save promotional events that require living in Japan) are available to English speakers.

Console games[edit]

Title Original release date Publisher(s) Platforms JP WW Remarks
  • Wondership Q
  • (JP: Airship Q, Co-developed with Miracle Positive Co., Ltd.)
  • JP: November 19, 2015 (Vita)
  • WW: July 18, 2016 (Steam)
  • WW: Cygames
PlayStation Vita, Steam Yes Yes
The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Viewing Revolution
  • JP: March 13, 2016
  • WW: July 18, 2017[18]
PlayStation 4 (PSVR) Yes Yes
Anubis: Zone of the Enders -- M∀RS
  • WW: September 4, 2018
PlayStation 4, Steam Yes Yes
  • AS: February 10, 2020
  • WW: March 6, 2020
PlayStation 4, Steam Yes Yes
Shadowverse: Champions Battle[19]
  • JP: November 5, 2020
  • JP: Cygames
Nintendo Switch Yes No
  • JP: Cygames
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 Yes Yes
  • JP: Cygames
PlayStation 4 Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cygames – Corporate".
  2. ^ "Cygames – Press". Cygames.
  3. ^ "DeNA to buy into Cygames - Mobile World Live". 7 November 2012.
  4. ^ staff, Gamasutra, GD mag. "The top 10 game developers of 2012".
  5. ^ "株式会社CyDesignation". www.cydesignation.co.jp.
  6. ^ "Rage of Bahamut Developer Cygames Establishes Anime Company".
  7. ^ "Company - CygamesPictures". cygamespictures.co.jp.
  8. ^ "Cygames Makes Anime Background Studio Kusanagi Its Subsidiary".
  9. ^ "Cygames Announces "Project Awakening" for Current-Gen Home Consoles". 21 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Cygames opens PS4-focused Osaka studio - Gematsu". 19 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Granblue Fantasy's Cygames, Kodansha Launch Manga Label". Anime News Network. 28 May 2017.
  12. ^ "格闘ゲームプレイヤー・梅原大吾、 スネーク・アイズ、PRバルログとのスポンサー契約締結、 ならびに、「Cygames Beast」発足に関するお知らせ - 株式会社Cygames".
  13. ^ "Cygames Jumps Into eSports By Signing Daigo Umehara, PR Balrog, And Snake Eyez". 2 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Data" (PDF). www.nintendo.co.jp.
  15. ^ "株式会社Cygames、音楽制作子会社を立ち上げ 株式会社Cymusic設立のお知らせ - 株式会社Cygames".
  16. ^ Steparu. "Knights of Glory Released | Steparu.com". steparu.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  17. ^ "Odin Crown – Japanese studio announces new mobile MOBA | MMO Culture". mmoculture.com. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  18. ^ a b The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution coming west on July 18, Gematsu, July 17, 2017
  19. ^ "Shadowverse: Champion's Battle launches November 5 in Japan, debut trailer and details". Gematsu. Retrieved 29 June 2020.

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