Which Major Video Game Company Also Owns A Major League Baseball Team?
It seems like a rather unlikely mating, a major video game company and a Major League Baseball team, but that’s exactly how things ended up for the Seattle Mariners pro baseball team.
In the early 1990s, the Mariners were in rough financial shape. Nintendo of America, based out of Redmond, Washington, leveraged the capital of Nintendo of Japan and purchased 60% of the team for one hundred million dollars–effectively securing majority ownership. In 2004, Nintendo of Japan passed the majority ownership stake directly over to Nintendo of America.
Nintendo is the only major video game company to own a major sports team and one of only three corporations to own a Major League Baseball team–the other two corporately-owned teams are the Atlanta Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays.