|Founded||April 26, 1989|
Number of employees
Game Freak Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社ゲームフリーク Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Gēmu Furīku) is a Japanese video game developer, best known as the primary developer of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games published by Nintendo.
Predating the video game company, Game Freak was a self-published video game magazine created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in the 1980s. Tajiri wrote and edited the text and Sugimori illustrated. Tajiri also used "Game Freak" as his pen name when he wrote as a freelance writer to publications such as Family Computer Magazine and Famicom Tsūshin.
On April 26, 1989, Tajiri and Sugimori started a video game development company with the same name. One of Game Freak's first games was the Nintendo Entertainment System action and puzzle game Quinty, which was released in North America as Mendel Palace. Its most popular series, Pokémon—the romanized portmanteau of the Japanese brand Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā)—is published and distributed respectively by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo worldwide.
In October 2015, Game Freak bought Koa Games, a mobile development company.
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