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IndustryGaming, Search Engine
FoundedTokyo, Japan (December 2003)
FoundersAndreas Rührig, Markus Ken Baron & Timo Meyer
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

Wazap! is a vertical search engine, video game database and social networking site to distribute gaming news, rankings, cheats, downloads and reviews owned and operated by East Beam Co. Ltd. of Japan. As a vertical search engine, it indexes gaming sites and categorizes the information as news, reviews, cheats, downloads, previews and articles.


Wazap first launched in Japan in 2001 as a community website for gamers[1]. Initially a mix of gaming news and user generated content, Wazap was then redeveloped as a gaming search and information distribution site. Following initial success in Japan, Wazap was launched in other markets, beginning with Germany in 2004 under the auspices of Wazap AG.[2] In November 2006, Wazap launched Wazap (CN) in China. The US version of Wazap launched in June 2007.[3][4]

By 2008, however, Wazap had failed to gain traction outside of Japan, and its German, Chinese and American operations were closed down.[5] As of October 2018, it continues to operate solely in Japan.


  • Andreas Rührig: CEO & Co-founder[6]
  • Timo Meyer: COO & Co-founder
  • Philip Gienandt: CFO
  • Alexander Piutti: CCO, & General Manager, Europe
  • Jeff Tang: General Manager, China
  • Thom Kozik: General Manager, U.S.


In 2007, Wazap AG (Germany) earned a 2007 Red Herring Award - European Division.[7] The Red Herring award is noted as a valuable tool in measuring companies that will serve as leaders of innovation in the field of technology.