[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2022] Outstanding breakthroughs in the 62-year of development by Sega Corporation, one of the world's most famous arcade game makers (1960)


(worldkings.org) Sega Corporation is a multinational company headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan, specialized in the development of video game hardware and software.

Sega has produced several multi-million-selling game franchises, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Total War and Yakuza. In particular, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega's mascot, is a character with wide coverage and Genesis Sonic games have been described as representative of the culture of the 1990s and listed among the greatest of all time.



Sega is one of the world's most prolific arcade game producers, with long-running series such as Virtua Fighter and Initial D Arcade Stage.

The company's European headquarters, Sega Europe Ltd., is located in the Chiswick region of London. The North American international branch, Sega of America Inc., is located in San Francisco, California.


The company’s milestones:

- In 1960: Nihon Goraku Bussan Co., Ltd. was founded and the SEGA 1000, Japan's first domestically-made jukebox, produced.

- In 1964: Nihon Goraku Bussan Co., Ltd. merged with Nihon Kikai Seizo Co., Ltd., started manufacturing arcade game machines.

- In 1965: Merged with Rosen Enterprises, Ltd. and changed name to SEGA Enterprises, Ltd.

- In 1966: "Periscope" becomes a hit worldwide.

- In 1983: 8-bit home video game console, "SG-1000", released.

- In 1984: SEGA Europe, Ltd. established to market commercial arcade machines to Europe.



- In 1985:

SEGA Enterprises, Inc. (USA) established to market commercial arcade machines to America.

World's first motion simulator game, "Hang-On", released.

- In 1986: SEGA of America, Inc. established to market consoles to America.

- In 1988: 16-bit home video game console, "Mega Drive (Sega Genesis)", released.

- In 1990: World's first 360-degree, spinning arcade machine, "R360", released.

- In 1991: "Sonic the Hedgehog" series first debuts.



- In 1992: 3D polygonal arcade game, "Virtua Racing", released.

- In 1993: World's first 3DCG fighting game, "Virtua Fighter", makes its debut.

- In 1994: 32-bit home video game console, "Sega Saturn", released.

- In 1995: SEGA Logistics Service Co., Ltd. established to specialize in distribution.

- In 1996: "Sakura Taisen (Sakura Wars)" series first debuts on consoles.

- In 1998: "Dreamcast" home video game console released.



- In 2000:Name changed to SEGA Corporation and released first console-based online RPG, "Phantasy Star Online".

- In 2003: First card game marketed towards children, "Mushiking: The King of Beetles", makes its debut.

- In 2004:


Arcade card game marketed towards girls, "Love and Berry: Dress Up and Dance!", makes its debut.

- In 2005: "Ryu Ga Gotoku (Yakuza)" series first debuts on consoles.



- In 2006: Purchased of American game developer, Sports Interactive.

- In 2010: "Kingdom Conquest" launched for iOS.

- In 2012: SEGA Networks Co., Ltd. and SEGA Entertainment, Inc. established. Online RPG, "Phantasy Star Online 2", launched in the same year.

- In 2013: Purchase of Canadian game developer, Relic Entertainmentt.



- In 2015:

EGA Corporation restructured into the SEGA Group.

Amusement machines division reestablished as SEGA Interactive.

Medieval fantasy RPG, "Hortensia Saga: Ao no Kishidan", launched.

- In 2016:

Original "Sonic the Hedgehog" game inducted into The Strong museum Hall of Fame in the US.

SEGA joins with Lancers, Inc. to establish digital marketing company, XD CO., LTD.

Became the first Japanese console maker to sell directly in the Taiwanese market.

Purchased of French game developer, Amplitude Studio.



- In 2018: "Fate / Grand Order Arcade" begins operating.

- In 2019: Creative Assembly, based in the US, reaches a publishing agreement with NetEase to release its real-time strategy game series, "Total War™", in mainland China.

- In 2020: SEGA Games and SEGA Interactive merged into the SEGA Corporation.

- In 2021: SEGA of America, Netflix and WildBrain work to produce, "SONIC PRIME", the new animated series based on "Sonic the Hedgehog" and the company merged with the SEGA Group.

According to sega.co.jp, en.wikipedia.org

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