|Fast facts on Hitmaker|
|Defunct: 2004-07-01 (as Subsidiary), 2005-04-01 (as Division)|
|Merged into: Sega AM3|
Hitmaker (ヒットメーカー) is a former internal development studio owned by Sega. It was founded in 2000 largely on the remains of Sega Software R&D Dept. 3 (formerly Sega AM3), and was one of the 10 that was spun off during the 2000 restructure.
AM3 was a dominant force within Sega throughout the 1990s, however had been very much arcade-orientated by design. With Hitmaker, this focus shifted more towards home consoles, but as the arcade section did not go away, this led to Hitmaker producing a large chunk of Sega games during the 2000-2004 period.
Hitmaker even had their own record label, Hitmaker Records, for a short period.
|Japanese Sega companies, studios and subsidiaries|
|Service Games||Sega Enterprises, Ltd.||Gulf+Western||CSK||Sega-Sammy Holdings|
|Service Games, Japan||Nihon Goraku Bussan||Sega Enterprises, Ltd.||Sega Corporation||Sega Holdings|
|Nihon Kikai Seizou|
|R&D1||AM1||R&D Dept. #1||WOW Entertainment||Sega WOW||AM1||R&D1||Sega Interactive R&D1|
|AM2||R&D Dept. #2||Sega AM2||R&D2||Sega Interactive R&D2|
|AM3||R&D Dept. #3||Hitmaker||AM3||Sega Interactive R&D3|
|AM4||Mechatronics||R&D4||Sega Interactive Product R&D|
|AM5||Mirai R&D||Family Entertainment||N. Pro. R&D|
|AM Annex||R&D Dept. #5||Sega Rosso|
|AM11||R&D Dept. #4||Amusement Vision||New Entertainment R&D||CS1||R&D3, Div. 1||Sega Games R&D1|
|CS1||R&D Dept. #6||Smilebit||Sports Design R&D|
|Sega PC R&D|
|CS2||R&D Dept. #7||Overworks||Global Entertainment R&D2||Sega CS3||R&D3, Div. 3||Sega Games R&D3|
|CS3||R&D Dept. #8||Sonic Team||Global Entertainment R&D #1||Sega CS2||R&D3, Div. 2||Sega Games R&D2|
|R&D Dept. #9||United Game Artists|
|Sega Digital Studio||Wave Master|
|Mobile Content R&D||Sega Networks|