Namco Bandai Games Inc. (NBGI) (株式会社バンダイナムコゲームス, Kabushiki Gaisha Bandai Namuko Gēmusu?), also known by the publishing label Surge, is an arcade and home video game developer and publisher based in Japan which is the product of a merger between the video game development divisions of Bandai and Namco. Namco Bandai Games is a wholly owned subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (NBHD) and specializes in production and sales of home video games. It is the head company of Namco Bandai Group's Game Contents Strategic Business Unit (SBU). Namco Bandai Games has subsidiaries in Europe, Australia and North America, Namco Bandai Melbourne House and Namco Bandai Studios in Australia currently act also as subcontractors for Atari and develop games for Atari as well as developing games for Namco Bandai.
In early 2005, Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. announced plans to combine their operations. The merger took effect in September of that same year and both companies came under the umbrella of the newly created Namco Bandai Holdings. On March 31, 2006, the game division of Bandai was merged to Namco and renamed Namco Bandai Games. In the United States, the Namco Hometek subsidiary was renamed to Namco Bandai Games America, which also publishes selected titles under the "Surge" brand beginning with Afro Samurai.
On April 1, 2008, Banpresto's video game operations were absorbed by Namco Bandai Games as well. On August 6, 2008, it was announced that Bandai Networks Co. Ltd, Namco Bandai's mobile phone business, would be dissolved and absorbed into Namco Bandai Games on April 1, 2009.
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