5pb To Be Absorbed By Parent Company

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Effective from June 1st, following shareholder approval, Steins;Gate publisher, 5pb, will be absorbed into their parent company, AG-ONE, according to a report at Japanese site Gamebiz.jp. AG-ONE themselves are part of a company named Dwango, who also own game publishers Spike and Chunsoft.


Whether or not the 5pb brand will remain intact going forward remains to be seen. For example, in the case of Atlus and their own absorption by parent company, Index Holdings, Atlus still develop and publish games under their own name.


In addition to being a game publisher, 5pb are also a recognized record label in Japan. Prior to establishing 5pb, executive director, Chiyomaru Shikura, had wanted to set up a company that combined his talents as a composer as well as his experience in games, and 5pb was the result.

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Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.