Takao Yamane previously served as Vice President of Nintendo France, general manager of the licensing department
Kodoani.com – Developer Platinum Games announced on Tuesday that former Nintendo executive Takao Yamane has joined the company as the company’s new co-CEO and chief business officer. Platinum Games is streaming a video interview published by Famitsu.com on Wednesday with Yamane and other Platinum Games executives.
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In the video, Yamane reveals that Platinum Games will “change dramatically.”
During his time as Nintendo CEO, Yamane served as vice president of Nintendo France, executive director of sales strategy and planning for Nintendo Europe, and general manager of the licensing division for the main Nintendo company.
Platinum Games announced in January that CEO and president Kenichi Sato stepped down at the end of December 2021 and vice president Atsushi Inaba has been appointed as the new CEO and president. Inaba is also the company’s studio director.
Platinum Games is known for developing titles such as Bayonetta, Vanquish, Astral Chain, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Star Fox Zero, Nier: Automata, and The Wonderful 101.
Platinum Games received a capital tie-up investment from Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited in January 2020. Platinum Games retains its independence and its corporate structure remains the same. This investment allows Platinum Games to strengthen its business base and self-publish titles. Platinum Games is also aiming to expand the project more globally and produce high-quality games that can represent the company.
Inaba revealed in May 2017 that the company was planning to publish its own titles, in addition to its existing planning and development activities.