In 2015, Osaka-based game company SNK was acquired by Chinese investors. Now, it seems, the company has new investors.
Eikichi Kawasaki originally founded the company in 1978 as Shin Nihon Kikaku. Famous for its hardware and fighting games, the company became a giant in the Japanese gaming industry. At Esaka Station in Osaka, where the SNK headquarters used to be, there were signs in its heyday announcing that the location was the home of SNK.
However, in 2000, the company was acquired by a pachinko company and then found its iconic characters farmed out to pachinko machines. By 2015, a Chinese joint venture had acquired SNK, hoping to turn the company into a multimedia juggernaut. The acquisition made sense as