Konami acquiring Hudson

Metal Gear publisher picks up Bomberman house in stock-exchange deal set for April 1; mobile, social networking experience cited as reason for buyout.

By April, one of the gaming industry's oldest names will lose its independence. Konami announced this week that it has entered into a deal to acquire Bomberman creator Hudson as part of a stock swap. As per the terms of the deal, Hudson will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami effective April 1, subject to shareholder approval at a meeting on March 8.

Bomberman will soon have new corporate overlords.

According to terms of the deal, Konami will offer 0.188 shares of its own stock per one share of Hudson. The Metal Gear Solid publisher already owned a 53.99 percent stake in Hudson, with other primary investors including Osaka Securities Finance (2.4 percent), Barclays Capital Securities (1.42 percent), and Nintendo (1.04 percent).

Konami stated that its primary interest in bringing Hudson in house is the smaller company's performance in the social networking services sector, as well as mobile-game development.

"Above all in the Internet media industry, advanced function portable terminals 'smart phones' are becoming increasingly popular, and contents business opportunities for smart phones are expected to increase," Konami said as part of a filing. "Entering into new network services, including social network games, as considered with the booming [social network services] is expected to increase opportunities to recruit new users and the multifaceted development of our contents."

Konami noted that it expects the impact of the buyout on its own business operations and those of Hudson to be "minor." As such, no layoffs or staff reductions were announced as part of the buyout. According to filings, Hudson employed 496 employees as of March 31, 2010, while Konami's headcount stood at 5,708 staff during the same period.

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Arkk_Angel
Arkk_Angel

Well I guess this is what happens when an industry grows to the point that the product now requires a budget of $Xmillions to make it financially successful.

itsme73
itsme73

So.... Will bomberman have nanomachines now?

BigJohnWV
BigJohnWV

0_0 Hudson was still around? It's been so long I thought they went out of business years ago. Damn, now that is a company that hung on for a long time. I still remembering playing their games back in the 8-bit days including Adventure Island and Bonk.

nini200
nini200

cool now maybe we'll get a new River City Ransom, Bloody Roar, Bomberman Adventure game like the 64 version, and other games that hudson is neglecting. I like Bith Konami and Hudson so I'm ok with this. Looking for Bomberman in the new Turtles in Time sequel.

cytheh
cytheh

@monson21502: omg! you are one of the few who knows those Good nes game (those should be on "Best Game no one played" list if gamespot existed back then). I should really add you on my friend list. river city was made by techno but techno was acquired by hudson later i think. Wats unfortunate is that river city and other sports game from same series don't sound the same in english version. but in japanese version, they are all 热血 games. (that was the name of the high school where the main character was from). There was river city randsom, there was samurai downtown ( samurai downtown has english version), there's a street basket ball in english, the hockey im not sure. But they are all funny and you can hit other players. Seriously it should be you know, made into 3d(like street fighter 4) while still being a 2 dimensional game and add online play. I think you can try to find roms of those, copyrights were probably expired so it should be legal.

Blaketoberfest
Blaketoberfest

The bee has lost its stinger. :P (Clarification: A bee is part of Hudson's logo.)

wahyudil
wahyudil

how sad ... poor hudson ... its will be differen if they were merged, rather than being buyed

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

All this merging and closing of game companies makes a sad picture of the future of gaming. :(

progamemania
progamemania

well let's wait and see Konami's ideas for the franchise.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

@ hippiesanta: I don't want any of that in my Bomberman.

BSEE10
BSEE10

I smell crossover

monson21502
monson21502

@cytheh, i remember them all. did they also make river city randsom? you would think they would make a next gen of that with online co op or a online mode where you can join gangs and run the streets.

cytheh
cytheh

@monson21502 : oh yes, good old adventure island games! i dont know if you played adventure island 4 on nes, but it is great! you can choose your weapon/dragons (after you saved them or unlocked the weapon). the map is not linear, you can go back to previous areas. I dont understand why hudson didn't make more of the game

monson21502
monson21502

make a 2d adventure island for psn and xbl or wiiware. be cheap to make and great for us fans...

beamme
beamme

Finally we can get a next gen game featuring Master Higgins.

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

well i sure hope that with this we get a new Bloody Roar already!

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

so now we can have Bomberman with rated mature, gore and crude humor

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I would love to see a new Bloody Roar game. So many memories play it on the PS1 :)

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Nooooo Not Hudson! I love the bumblebee its child hood !

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

Kinda thought hudson was absorbed by somebody else years ago.

PHILRYABKIN
PHILRYABKIN

Well I can say right now Mario Party is dead.But atleast I can't wait to see new ideas and crossovers.As well as Bomberman finailly having a new home.

xXCombatWombat
xXCombatWombat

I'm not familiar with their old stuff but their new stuff has been pretty bad (Deca Sports, Bomberman Act Zero)

Scynt
Scynt

Make them put out a damn Bloody Roar 5 already.

monson21502
monson21502

i used to like alot of hudson games. i hope they make a next gen adenture island

tyzwain
tyzwain

@Mugen76 Bit like when Metal Gear Solid 3 crossed over with Ape Escape? THAT was a legendary cross over!

goodemon
goodemon

funny this happened. Konami published Bomberman: Act Zero a couple years back. Wonder how long this merger had been simmering?

Evolution-X0
Evolution-X0

So crap developers get acquired and good developers don't. That makes perfect sense.

Mugen76
Mugen76

Hudson Soft may be good in Japan, and has had some good games in the past, but their catalog recently is full of suck.

z4twenny
z4twenny

please bring back hudsons adventure island, i always loved that series

AcidSoldner
AcidSoldner

A Bomberman/ Metal Gear Solid cross over; Bomberman gameplay within Metal Gear universe. Could make for some silly fun!

goodemon
goodemon

Bloody Roar and Milon's Secret Castle FTW

hunter8man
hunter8man

Wow. I even forgot Hudson existed until now. But at least it means one of the more historic video game companies will still live on.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

bring Bloody Roar!!!!!!!! enter the beast mode

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

@wiidsduelpack I really miss Mario Party TBH. A lot of people got sick of the series, but I found it to be consistently enjoyable. Too bad. Looks like this is the end of the road for the franchise. :(

lil_jon86
lil_jon86

I hope they create a new fighting game and also bring back the bloody roar series

lowkey254
lowkey254

I think it's a good idea, especially for what they will use the company for.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

I applaud the fact that two video game industry icons will be together. I think it's an excellent move! I love both Konami, Hudson, and I look forward to seeing what comes of it in the future.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Hudson lost Mario Party, its major game that had a sequel every year. Hudson is a reflection of the poor Jap. industry

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Oh my god... For some reason, I'm imagining a Bomberman/Metal Gear spinoff. That's prolly not gonna happen. What's going to happen is various easter eggs from Hudson being a part of the new MGS's.

Barighm
Barighm

Huh. You don't often see a "nice" takeover. Should work out for Hudson. They're game style seems appropriate for social gaming.

buzzguy
buzzguy

Shame Hudson's not going to be independent anymore. Hopefully Konami will let them keep the classic "Bumblebee" logo. Great Hudson memories from the NES era.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Eh, this isn't such a great thing for Konami, the reason being is that Hudson hasn't really done much this gen besides make a few good games and a lot of games that were total garbage (Bomberman Act Zero, Deca Sports, etc.) I hope Hudson can get their act straight, I'd hate to see a classic company like them get shut down.

ionusX
ionusX

if you toss robopon out a window konami.. i swear im NEVER buying another one of your games.. same goes for bomberman