Company Re-branding History and Display
Few companies maintain the same name forever. Some rename, merge, are bought out, or generally acquired. It would be helpful to manage the progression of various devs and publishers with a timeline progression and/or a tree of ownership.
1) Squaresoft > Square > Square and Enix merge > SquareEnix
2) Namco and Bandai merge > Namco Bandai > Bandai Namco Games
3) Activision and Blizzard Merge > Create holding company called Activision Blizzard that owns the two companies Activision and Blizzard.
We are looking at redoing our company data taxonomy, part of which is possibly adding several ‘layers’ to companies, such as Divisions for example.
Companies are a bit lacking at the moment as we historically have been focusing on Games, but we gradually intend to start giving them more love :)
Yeah I would really like the companies to be cleaned up so they can be used more easily for discovery of other games.
Divisions coming under a company and being able to see a timeline of that companies history would be great.
Currently Square and Square Soft exist independantly on the top 100 companies page, and only 3 games come under Square Soft. Anything to bring all of that together!
As I was editing the God of War series, I was noticing many entries would go with the "popular" name of the dev or publisher, and didn't use the correct name at the time.
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (1995-2016)
Sony Interactive Entertainment (2016-current)
SCE Santa Monica Studios
SIE Santa Monica Studios
Santa Monica Studios
This might be something that could justify attaching a date to the company name, as some titles do in various menu options for bundles and others.