Namco Limited (株式会社ナムコ) was a Japanese video game developed and publisher, based out of Ota-Ward, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded in 1955 by Masaya Nakamura as a producer of toys, soon evolving into a developer of electro-mechanical arcade cabinets. They would release their first video game in 1978, Gee Bee.
Namco would become one of the most recognizable and important video game companies in history, with their games cited as influential and having a large impact on the video game industry as a whole. The company is the creator of the Dig Dug series up until the final installment, Dig Dug Digging Strike in 2005. Aside from Dig Dug, Namco would also create numerous other franchises, including Pac-Man, Galaxian, Xevious, Tekken, Ridge Racer, Babylonian Castle Saga, Famista, The Idolmaster, Ace Combat and Namco Museum. In September 2005, Namco would merge with Bandai to form Bandai Namco Entertainment, originally known as Namco Bandai Games, becoming the third-largest Japanese video game developer. Namco would continue to be present until 2006, where the brand was spun-off into a subsidiary company that maintained arcades and amusement parks globally. This company would soon be renamed to Bandai Namco Amusement in April 2018.