Sega history can be traced back when the company was referred to as “Service-Games”.
The Sega Company is one of the biggest Japanese multi-national video game developers. It is a gigantic company that has several offices all over the world.
When we play “Sonic the Hedgehog”, we can definitely say that the company has done an outstanding job.
But very few people are familiar with the company and how it was formed. Also, most video game fans do not know that before the release of some of the most popular video games, the company experienced major losses before it could compete in the gaming industry.
The History of Sega
Sega is a company that was founded in the year 1940. However, it was not founded as a Sega company.
American businessmen Martin Bromley, James Humpert, including Irving Bromberg established a company known as Standard Games in Honolulu Hawaii.
The company was to provide coin-operated amusement-machines to the military.
They all agreed that there were a huge number of military-personnel who needed something to keep them busy during their free time in World War II.
Then after the war, the business founders sold the company and formed a new distributor known as Service Games.
But in 1951, the United States government outlawed slot machines in US territories.
Hence, the company sent two employees in 1952 to create a new distributor in Tokyo, Japan.
It changed its name to Service Games of Japan. After several mergers, the “Sega Company” was formed.
Today, Sega has numerous offices all over the world. It has produced many home-video consoles including hand-held consoles since 1983.
Sega also competes with Nintendo, another popular video game company with a long history.
Popular consoles under Sega’s name include:
• SG-1000 – it is the first home-console produced by Sega. The console was developed in 1983.
• SG-1000 II – this console is an upgrade of the SG-1000. It could play Sega Card games and ROM cartridges as well. The console was developed in 1984.
• Master System – it is Sega’s second major home-console. The console is smaller from the previous versions and affordable.
• Genesis – Sega’s third home-console. This console was the third one after the SG-1000 and Master System.
It competed with many other home consoles from larger companies such as Nintendo.
• Gamer rear – Gamer rear is the first hand-held game console. The console was very successful all over the world and it outsold devices like the Nintendo Game Boy.
• Sega Pico – This video game console targeted younger players.
• Dream cast – It’s Sega’s final home-console that is more advanced than the previous consoles. The console includes a built-in WiFi.
But with many new game companies entering the market, poor sales drove Sega to discontinue their console development.
Since that time, the company mainly focuses on designing software. Today, there are many digital game franchises developed by Sega.
Most of these games have remained popular for a long time. Some of them include “Yakuza”, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and “Total War”.
In the mobile video game sector, Sega has accomplished major developments. The company made its first step when the iPhone was created.
It developed the “Super Monkey Ball” app that made it to the number one spot on the charts. Today, Sega has produced award-winning games for both mobile and popular consoles.