Sammy

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Sammy
Founded: 1975-11-01[1]
T-series code: T-24
Merged with: Sega (2004)
Merged into: Sega Sammy Holdings
Headquarters: Japan

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Sammy Corporation (サミー) or Sammy Kougyou (サミー工業) is a Japanese amusement company.

Sammy was established as Sammy Industry Co., Ltd in November 1975 by Hajime Satomi ("Sammy" reportedly being his nickname at the time), originally as an entertainment division of the family food business (then trading as Satomi Co., Ltd, in which Hajime was the managing director). By 1977 the main business had declared bankruptcy, leaving Sammy as the surving entity, and would begin the mass development of video games in response to Taito's Space Invaders, opening its first factory in 1978[2].

Sammy began producing Japanese pachi-slot games in 1982[2] with the launch of Empire[3]. This would become the core part of Sammy's business, with the firm buying its rival Rodeo in 2000[2] and owning almost a third of the market in 2003[4]. It would also open an American subsidiary, American Sammy in 1988[2] to publish video games in the West.

Having experienced rapid growth, by the early 2000s Sammy were producing pachi-slot and pachinko machines in Japan, developing and publishing video games worldwide (including for its own arcade platform, the Atomiswave) and starting to open entertainment venues. It was in this environment that Sammy merged with Sega, creating the holding company Sega Sammy Holdings in 2004. During the next few years, its video game divisions were shut down or merged into Sega's, and Sammy became purely a pachi-slot and pachinko division of the conglomerate.

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Arcade

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Mega-CD

Saturn

Dreamcast

PlayStation 2

Wii

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Android

iOS

Softography (Sammy Entertainment/Sammy Studios)

Dreamcast

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