The logo utlized under The Game Designers Studio branding.
|Kabushiki gaisha Taitosofuto|
|The Game Designers Studio (1999-2005)|
SQEX Corporation (2005-2006)
|Fate||Re-branded as Taito Corporation and eventually dissolved into Square Enix.|
|Founded||June 22, 1999|
|Defunct||March 11, 2010|
| Yoichi Wada |
|Products||Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles|
Number of employees
|Parent|| Square (1999-2003)|
Square Enix (2003-2010)
The Game Designers Studio, Inc.(株式会社ゲームデザイナーズ・スタジオkabushiki gaisha Geimudezainaazu Sutajio) was a shell corporation founded in June 1999 by Square. The brand’s final iteration was known as Taito Soft Corporation(株式会社タイトソフトKabushiki gaisha Taitosofuto), a 10-employee team designed for software development for consoles. The Game Designers Studio is associated with Taito Corporation for being the legal entity to assimilate Taito into the Square Enix group.
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