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62 Top Japanese Video Games Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Video Games companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Video Games industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japanese Video Games Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

PlayBrain

PlayBrain

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Esports and Game marketing from Japan

Thirdverse

Thirdverse

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Thirdverse develops multiplayer virtual reality games.

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Doublejump.tokyo

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Doublejump.tokyo is a privately held company that offers games for mobile phones, personal computer, and online.

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SNK

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SNK Corporation is a Japanese video game hardware and software company that distributes and operates smartphone game applications.

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CYLOOK

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CYLOOK specializes in the management of professional e-sports teams.

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UNIVRS

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UNIVRS is a popular market and entertainment platform.

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KLab

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KLab is a planning, developing, and operating online mobile games.

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CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.

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CRI Middleware develops and offers game audio and video solutions for artists and engineers.

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Access Bright Japan

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Access Bright Japan publishes and operates smartphone games in China.

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Ovomind

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OVOMIND proposes a new way to share and interact with video games by adding a new dimension: Emotions.

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Mugenup

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Mugenup is a Japanese provider of digital entertainment production services for the game and media industries.

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Enageed

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Enageed is an education platform designed for educational institutions and business.

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Konami

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Konami develops, markets, and distributes video game software products for stationary and portable consoles, and personal computers.

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CharacterBank

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CharacterBank offers game development and production services using VR technology.

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The Pokemon Company

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Pokémon Company (株式会社ポケモン) is responsible for the licensing and marketing of the Pokémon franchise and other ancillary businesses.

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ORIFLAMME

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ORriflamme is a Japanese company that develops video games.

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Bandai Co., Ltd

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Bandai Company, Limited is a Japanese toy making and video game company

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White Owls

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White Owls is a video game developer.

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TAITO

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Taito specializes in developing video games, software, and hardware.

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Konami Digital Entertainment

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Konami Digital Entertainment develops, manufactures, and publishes electronic entertainment products.

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Ateam

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Ateam is a game developer company that is engaged in planning, development, and operation of games and tools for smartphones.

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FromSoftware

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FromSoftware is a video game development company that develops games for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, windows, and Wii platforms.

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PONOS

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PONOS is a mobile app developer company and developed apps like Ballistik War

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Kairosoft Co. Ltd.

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Kairosoft is a Japanese video game developer that has created a number of simulation games for cell phones and PCs.

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Square Enix Group

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Square Enix Group publishes, distributes, and licenses entertainment content around the world.

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LEVEL-5

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LEVEL-5 is a multimedia entertainment company that develops and publishes video games.

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Alim

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Alim specializes in the planning, development, and production of applications for iOS and Android.

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G-mode

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G-mode engages in planning, development, and licensing of casual games for mobile phones.

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NextNinja

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NextNinja is a game development studio based in Tokyo, Japan.

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PlatinumGames

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PlatinumGames is a Japanese video game developer.

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Angoo

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Angoo is a game production company that continues to make quality games.

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Geisha Tokyo Japan

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Geisha Tokyo is an entertainment company offering apps for mobile devices.

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Idea Factory

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Idea Factory is a Japanese video game developer and publisher.

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CryptoGames

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CryptoGames is a blockchain game developer.

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Applibot

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Applibot is a mobile games developer company and has developed various games for the Android and iPhone users.

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Tose

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Tose is a Japan-based developer that creates game software and contents for mobile devices.

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alphapolice

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Alpha Police is a web-based portal that offers novels, comics, games, and book information.

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ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA

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ACTIVE GAMING MEDIA is a localization agency that specializes in video game translation and international marketing services.

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Team Ninja

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A Japanese game development studio.

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ORENDA

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ORENDA is a games and interactive contents developer company.

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Grasshopper Manufacture

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Grasshopper Manufacture plans, researches, and develops video game software.

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Phoenixx

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Phoenixx is a video game development company that provides video games and publishing services.

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Neilo

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Neilo is a multi-platform consumer, arcade, and smartphone game developer.

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Bazaar Entertainment

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Bazaar Entertainment offers fun content from masterpieces to local games from around the world.

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Dera Game

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Dera Game plans, develops, and operates smartphone games.

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Animate

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Animate is an anime shop chains.

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Artdink

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Artdink is a video game software development and distribution company.

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Indigo Game Studios

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Indigo Game Studios is a Smartphone game planning / development company.

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Dimps Corporation

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Dimps Corporation provides R&D of software for arcade games and home video games.

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DoubleDown

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Double Down is a gaming Company.

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HIKARI Lab

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HIKARI Lab is a 3DRPG game app development company.

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JCG

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JCG offers e-sports tournament planning and operation.

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Jesnet

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Jesnet is largest console distributors.

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YOKOZUNA data

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Yokozuna Data has developed a state-of-the-art data science platform to predict individual behavior for video game players.

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Crowd Gate

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Crowd Gate is a graphics design and game developer company.

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ArtPlay

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ArtPlay is a mobile game development company.

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Playism

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The worldwide indie publisher specializing in localization, PC & console publishing.

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SUCCESS

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SUCCESS develops and operates a wide range of games for home use, browsers, and smartphone apps.

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Netch

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Netch is a Development and operation of online crane game

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Netmarble Japan

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Netmarble Japan is a Planning, operation and distribution of mobile games

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Game Studio

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Game Studio is an internet company specialized in games development services.

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Shadow Warrior

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Shadow Warrior is a first-person shooter video game developed by 3D Realms.

Written by Mark Fitz

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