Taito Corporation is a video game developer fully owned by Square Enix. They were purchased by the company in 2005, and prior to this was an independent company. It was founded by Russian Michael Kogan in 1953 under the name of Taito Trading Company. They initially started distributing vending machines, though would eventually start to create a multitude of popular video games such as Space Invaders, Elevator Action, Qix and Bubble Bobble. While they are owned by Square Enix, their games are still published by themselves in Japan, though this could potentially change in the future (as it has in America and Europe).