Namco is a Japanese game developing company. After a recent merger with Bandai to form Namco Bandai Holdings Inc., they are now responsible for publishing the .hack game series.
Namco was founded in 1955 as a toy manufacturing company. In 1974 it acquired the rights to publish Atari products in Japan, transforming it into one of Japan's leading game companies. Some of its products, including the iconic Pac-Man, would eventually find their way to American shores. The company dominated the arcade market in both Japan and the United States and later began developing games for the PlayStation system. In 2005 the company merged with Bandai to form Namco Bandai Holdings Inc.