Rumor: SNK Playmore has Left the Pachinko Business

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Following the recent acquisition of SNK Playmore by the Chinese company Leyou Technologies, it seems like their owners have already begun to make big decisions for the veteran Japanese developer.

A rumor (from Pachinko Village, via Hachima Kikou) is coming out of Japan that Leyou has sent out the order to halt all pachinko business for SNK Playmore.

This means the developer will seemingly return to only making traditional games, with the recently announced King of Fighters XIV being their current title.

While this is currently a rumor, it does corroborate with Leyou’s mission statement for the developer, in which they want to make cross-media like TV shows, movies, and of course – more games.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Kaleido-Ruby
    October 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

    “While this is currently a rumor, it does corroborate with Leyou’s mission statement for the developer, in which they want t”

    They want t…what?

    They want to dress in drag and do the Hula?

    They want to create a new baseball team in Japan where no one is safe?

    I mean what the f–oh I get it. THEY GOT HIM! OH THEY GOT BRANDON!

  2. Breezer
    October 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

    At this point the Japanese Pachinko game seems like a mobile gaming tier bubble waiting to burst.

  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    October 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

    LOL. I published an old draft. Apologies… thanks for the laugh though! Updated now

  4. Demetirus
    October 9, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Dang it, I was *just* about to make a Candlejack jo

  5. Karo
    October 9, 2015 at 10:19 am

    In that case I’m glad Leyou are doing the smart thing by bailing out early. RIP Konami though, they’ll never make a good choice.

  6. Mike Nieto
    Mike Nieto
    October 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Konami will cover that business no problem. HIT THE LEVER.

  7. DrWawee
    October 9, 2015 at 10:23 am


  8. Offendatron_5000
    October 9, 2015 at 10:31 am


  9. Steven T.
    Steven T.
    October 9, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Hey, Leyou. Psst, yo. I got someone you might be interested in buying. Nonono, no need to thank me. Just, y’know, keep it in mind.

  10. ivanchu77
    October 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

    That´s some great news here! hope we can see SNK making good traditional games again like thay have done so many times before

  11. Misogynerd
    October 9, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Don’t worry, they’ll start putting Pachinko machines in hospitals so the elderly can enjoy them while dying. It will revitalize the industry.

  12. TheGreatGamerGod
    October 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Seems like their new owners are smart and have a good plan in place. I hope they pump a lot more cash into their game division, would be excellent to see them do anything like they did in the 90s but for consoles.

  13. luggage lad
    luggage lad
    October 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    the pachinko/slots business is basically the gambling business, and gambling is here to stay, for better or for worse.

  14. heroyaldog
    October 9, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    hey now capcom has been on an upswing for the last year or two

  15. Godmars
    October 9, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Given what they’re doing with KOF, I wouldn’t go and offer them other companies to “save”. Though they might just need time to get in gear.

  16. tetrisdork
    October 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    They’re still going to do mobile games. Although, I do hope they go multiplatform with PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

  17. British_Otaku
    October 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    SEGA have been supporting the PC and using it to extend interest in numerous franchises. What more do they need to do?

    They aren’t in a position comparable to SNK or Konami.

  18. Breezer
    October 9, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    That’s funny because as far as I know Pachinko is the only legal form of gambling in Japan but because of that there’s a ton of those machines there and they’re on their way to legalizing real gambling and when that happens that bubble is going to burst like Hell

  19. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    October 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Unless they legalize actual gambling (no idea how efforts to do that over there are working out), then I’d expect businesses based on loopholes in old gambling laws to die very quickly

  20. JustaGuest
    October 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I’ll forgive them for 3D kof if it’s true.

  21. No_Good_Names_Ever
    October 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    HAHAHHA, for once a Chinese takeover might actually be a good thing. Here’s hoping they’re not into MOBAs and/or cash grab MMOs.

  22. TheGreatGamerGod
    October 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Maybe port all those IPs in Japan that they don’t release here? Perhaps not let all their classic IP’s rot away while they pump out endless Sonic games. There’s a lot Sega could do.

  23. TheGreatGamerGod
    October 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Slightly, to be fair. They still need to sort out things like Megaman, the future of the DMC series, but you can at least tell they are trying now.

  24. British_Otaku
    October 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I feel you could say that for almost every Japanese publisher. Nintendo has notable franchises which have been sat on for over a decade themselves.

    Room for improvement, even lots of room for improvement isn’t so bad even if you could fit my backlog there.

  25. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    October 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    So Leyou Technologies is the anti-konami.