Corporate History

Revenue trends

2015~

2018

  • Oct.Service launch
    GMO Internet has launched "Captain Tsubasa ZERO, Score a goal by your miracle shot," a soccer game for smartphone.
  • Oct.Service launch
    GMO Creators Network has launched "FREENANCE byGMO," a storage agent service specializing in freelance with its same day payment for the first time in Japan.
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO GlobalSign launches the world's fastest mining software "Cryptknocker byGMO."
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO System Consulting has launched GMO SigNeD, a multi-signature-based service that transfers and saves cryptocurrencies
  • Sep.New Project
    CyberAgent, DeNA, mixi, and GMO Internet will launch "SHIBUYA BIT VALLEY", a project aiming to make Shibuya the world technology base in IT industry, and will hold a technology conference "BIT VALLEY 2018".
  • Sep.M&A
    GMO CLOUD has formed business alliance with AC planning that belongs to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, aiming to promote sales IoT solutions for automobiles.
  • Sep.New Project
    GMO Internet and Gentosha Literary Publication take part in a project “Children learn and experience investment“ founded by a prominent investor, Mr. Yoshiaki Murakami.
  • Aug.M&A
    Medical Reservations Technology has joined GMO Internet Group and changed its company name to “GMO Medical Reservations Technology.”
  • Aug.The number of registration
    GMO Registry announces “.tokyo” has reached 100,000 domain name registrations.
  • Aug.CSV
    Professional soccer player Shinji Kagawa appointed as brand ambassador for GMO Internet Group.
  • Aug.Service launch
    GMO Internet’s “CryptoChips byGMO,” which enables distribution of Bitcoin as remuneration, will be mounted on “Whimsical War”.
  • Jul.Presented Thesis
    GMO Pepabo R&D Institute presented the thesis related to dynamic loading of SSL certificates at the workshop ADMNET 2018 in the international conference IEEE COMPSAC 2018.
  • Jul.Internet bank launches business
    GMO Aozora Net Bank, in which GMO Internet Group and Aozora Bank Group jointly invest, launched the Internet banking business.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway, Tokyu, Bank of Yokohama and Japan Post Bank to develop the Japan’s first cash withdrawal service from ticket vending machines.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet is launching the new mining machine “GMO miner B3,” the maximum performance of which is 33 TH/s.
  • Jun.New office
    GMO Internet has launched “GMO kitaQ,” an engineer center for a full-scale operation in Kitakyushu City.
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO Coin was appointed as a sponsor for “Chiba Lotte Marines”, a professional baseball team.
  • Jun.Receipt of three star “monitoring” evaluation from HDI
    GMO Payment Gateway becomes the first PSP to receive a three star “monitoring” evaluation from HDI.
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO Coin has been appointed as a sponsor for “FC Ryukyu”, a professional soccer team in J3 LEAGUE.
  • Jun.A new company and new service launch
    GMO Internet offers GMO miner B2, a mining machine equipped with its own ASIC mining chips using a cutting-edge 7 nm process technology, through its Swiss office GMO-Z.com Switzerland AG
  • May.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches “CryptoChips byGMO” that enables distribution of Bitcoin as remuneration within the game application.
  • May.Venture capital
    GMO VenturePartners establishes the GMO Global FinTech Fund that is focused on investing in the global FinTech space
  • Apr.New service launch
    GMO MAKESHOP takes over retro Inc.’s commissioned ecommerce businesses and has launched Fulloutsourcing for Fashion byGMO, a solution tailored for ecommerce businesses specializing in fashion
  • Apr.Appointment
    President Tomitaka Ishimura of GMO Coin is appointed as a director of Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association
  • Apr.Buyout
    GMO Pepabo takes over Basic Inc.’s Canvath, a service for making original goods on demand
  • Apr.New office
    GMO Internet opens GMO kitaQ, an engineering center in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, that will take part in the monitoring, management, and maintenance of services
  • Apr.New organization
    GMO Internet establishes the new Group Security Audit Office, with the aim of strengthening information security management and auditing structures in the group
  • Jan.New service launch
    GMO Internet begins offering official versions of Z.com Cloud Blockchain that supports blockchain businesses

2017

  • Dec.Human resource management system
    GMO Internet Group has announced that their employees (partners) can receive part of their salaries in Bitcoin.
  • Dec.Entering new business
    GMO Internet launches cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) mining business.
  • Dec.Total transaction volume
    Total annual transaction volume of handmade market "minne" operated by GMO Pepabo has exceeded JPY 10B in 2017.
  • Dec.Organizational restructuring
    GMO Internet merged three subsidiaries - GMO Gamepot, GMO Game Center, and Syncloud - that develop and offer Mobile Entertainment business into parent company, GMO Internet.
  • Oct.Launch
    GMO Internet launched a new overseas subsidiary "GMO-Z.com Securities (Thailand) Limited" in Thailand.
  • Oct.CSR
    GMO Dream Wave, a company launched by GMO AD Partners with an aim to promote the hiring of disabled people, was recognized as a company attracting employees to Miyazaki Prefecture and Miyazaki City.
  • Oct.Strategic business
    GMO Payment Gateway launches GMO-PG Processing Platform that targets financial institutions and financial services, providing collectively the payment solutions, such as debit cards, credit cards, prepaid cards, and house cards (credit card issued by a particular store or business).
  • Sep.Entering new business
    GMO Internet has announced entry into cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) mining business.
  • Sep.Recognition
    GMO Coin was officially recognized by the Japan Financial Services Agency as a registered cryptocurrency exchange business.
  • Sep.Organizational restructuring
    GMO Coin, Inc. executed a capital increase through private placement and GMO CLICK Holdings (currently, GMO Financial Holdings) acquired GMO Coin, Inc. GMO CLICK Holdings' aim is to increase corporate value for Internet Finance segment of GMO Internet Group by increasing cryptocurrency trading volume.
  • Sep.Changing company name
    GMO-Z.com Coin, Inc. changes its company name to GMO Coin, Inc. and its service name to GMO Coin.
  • Aug.M&A
    Shift-One, Inc. has been merged into GMO Internet Group through GMO AD Partners' acquiring a 100% stake in Shift-One, Inc. having the strength of motion comic and other types of video solution businesses.

2016

  • Sep.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway allocated third party shares in Global Card System through GMO Financial Gate, making Global Card System a GMO Internet Group company.
  • Aug.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway, Inc. acquires shares in "MACROKIOSK Berhad," a leading mobile payment, authentication, and notification service provider in Malaysia, making them a member of the GMO Internet Group.
  • Jul.CSV
    Professional football player Shinji Kagawa appointed as brand ambassador for the global brand "Z.com."
  • Jun.M&A
    Shares acquired from Thai domain and hosting company NetDesign Group (now Z.com NetDesign), making it a GMO Internet Group company.
  • May.Internet bank preparation
    Memorandum of Understanding executed in relation to the joint operation of the net bank with Aozora Bank and Aozora Trust Bank.
  • Apr.ATHLETES established
    GMO ATHLETES established to support athletes who are aiming to become No.1, beginning with a men's long distance running team.
  • Mar.CSV
    Through the GMO Internet Group global brand "Z.com," we become the Vietnam national football team's top star partner. We also sign a sponsorship contract with one of the players Cong Phuong Nguyen.
  • Jan.A successful bid for new domain
    GMO Domain Registry acquires the rights to its new domain ".shop," bidding the highest domain auction price in history at USD 41.5 million.
  • Jan.Management integration
    In order to promote accelerated growth in the ad technology field, GMO Internet Group's online marketing and media focused companies GMO AD Marketing, GMO Mobile, and AdCloud combine under the name "GMO AD Marketing."

2015

  • Oct.Assignment of stock
    Discussions begin between Daiwa Securities Group, Daiwa Securities, GMO CLICK Holdings, and GMO CLICK Securities to combine their strengths and create an advanced and attractive joint financial service. As part of the deal, Daiwa Securities Group acquires a stake in GMO Click Holdings.
  • Oct.Listed
    GMO Media is listed on the TSE Mothers Index. The company's domain name changes from "gmo-media.jp" to "gmo.media."
  • Oct.Group song
    GMO Internet Group song "Internet for Everyone" by Tetsuya Komuro is released.
  • Sep.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires 80% of shares from enterprise domain registration services company Brights Consulting, making Brights part of the GMO Internet Group.
  • Jun.Internet bank preparation
    Discussions with Aozora Bank about joint operations of an online bank begin. A contract concerning capital and the business tie-up is signed by GMO Internet, GMO Payment Gateway, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
  • Apr.Listed
    GMO CLICK Holdings listed on JASDAQ securities market.
  • Mar.Launch
    English presence of GMO CLICK Holdings "GMO-Z.com Trade UK Limited" launches FX, CFD trading service.

2010~2014

2014

  • Dec.Listed
    GMO TECH listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market.
  • Nov.Global brand
    GMO Internet acquires Z.com for JPY800 million. GMO Internet Group to make Z.com its Global Brand.
  • Oct.Established and launched
    GMO Internet Partners with Myanmar Company, Ace to Establish Local Joint Venture GMO ACE Company Limited.
  • Oct.Listing moved
    GMO Cloud listing moved to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Oct.Listed
    GMO Research is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange MOTHERS market.
  • Jun.Launch
    GMO Payment Processing Service launches GMO-PG Global Payment in Thailand.
  • May.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway launches GMO PAYMENT GATEWAY (THAILAND) CO., LTD.
  • Apr.Changing company name
    paperboy&co becomes" GMO Pepabo, Inc".
  • Mar.Established and launched
    GMO Payment Gateway establishes a local presence in Taiwan as a branch of its Hong Kong business, and launches "GMO-PG Global Payment".
  • Feb.Launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launches "GMO-PG Global Payment" through Malaysian local presence.
  • Jan.Established
    GMO Internet, GMO Venture Partners, and Bakumatsu co-found "GMO Venture Tsushin Startup Support Co. Ltd.".

2013

  • Dec.Established
    GMO Click Holdings establishes "GMO CLICK Bullion Limited" to provide bullion trading services.
  • Nov.M&A
    PC game development company, GMO GamePot, Inc. joins GMO Internet Group.
  • Oct.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway and GMO Venture Partners establish Global Payment Fund to invest in payment solution ventures in South East Asia.
  • Sep.Established
    GMO Payment Gateway establishes a local entity in Hong Kong.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches its new VPS brand "ConoHa byGMO."
  • Jun.CSV
    GMO CLICK Securities is an official partner of Japan’s national swim team.
  • Jun.Launch
    GMO Research Chinese joint venture, GMO E-Lab Marketing Research (Shanghai), opens for business.
  • Mar.Established
    GMO Internet and GMO RUNSYSTEM establish Internet research and development facility, GMO Vietnam Lab Center, in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi.

2012

  • Sep.M&A
    GMO CLICK Holdings acquires FX PRIME Corporation (JASDAQ 8711) after successful tender offer bid.
  • Aug.Launch
    GMO CLICK Hong Kong launches forex trading service.

2011

  • Nov.Established
    Holdings company established in GMO CLICK Securities share transfer.
  • Nov.Changing company name
    GMO SEO Technology changes the name to GMO Tech, Inc.
  • Aug.GMO Bears opens
    GMO Bears opens to provide childcare for GMO Internet Group employees.
  • Jul.M&A
    GMO Internet forms capital and business alliance with VALUE-DOMAIN.COM Operator, DigiRock. DigiRock becomes GMO Internet Group company.
  • Jun.GMO Yours opens
    GMO Internet Group opens employee cafeteria, aims to provide leading employee communication space.
  • Jun.M&A
    Vietnam-based offshore developer, RunSystem Corporation becomes GMO Internet Group company following the formation of a new business and capital partnership.
  • Jun.Established
    GMO Internet and Acrodea establish joint venture company, GMO GameCenter.
  • Apr.Brand logo renewal
    GMO Internet Group unveils new corporate logo series as part of an initiative to create a new brand image in line with business growth.
  • Mar.Launch
    CLICK Securities launches online foreign bond trading service.
  • Feb.Service launch
    paperboy&Co. launches its handmade market "minne," which is currently the company's core-service. This led to the entry into the handmade market business.

2010

  • Nov.Founded
    GMO Internet and partner, Acrodea launch beta version of Android game application market, G-Gee.
  • Nov.Launch
    GMO Internet launches daily-deals website Kumapon.
  • Oct.M&A
    CLICK Securities becomes a GMO Internet subsidiary in stock purchase acquisition.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet provides GMO App Cloud optimized for operating social games.
  • Feb.Established
    GlobalSign to develop Oceania, India and South-East Asia markets with the establishment of Singapore subsidiary.

2005~2009

2009

  • Dec.M&A
    COMMUNICATION TELECOM becomes subsidiary of GMO Hosting & Security.
  • Jul.Service launch
    GMO Internet launches its ""GMO Toku Toku BB,"" which is currently the provider business' core-service."
  • Jul.Launch
    GMO Registry Inc established to launch Japan’s first new gTLD registry business.
  • Apr.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires a stake in leading-edge SEO technology company, Inovex.

2008

  • Dec.Listed
    paperboy&co. is listed on JASDAQ.
  • Sep.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launches its PG Multi-Payment Service, which is a service to introduce collectively various payment methods and currently the company's core-service.
  • Sep.Listed
    GMO Payment Gateway promoted from MOTHERS Market to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Jul.GMO-AP changed its name
    MagClick company name is changed to GMO AD Partners.
  • May.M&A
    NIKKO becomes a consolidated subsidiary in capital partnership.
  • Feb.Expansion of business
    GlobalSign launches in China.

2007

  • Aug.Closing the important segment
    GMO Internet Board of Directors resolves to withdraw from the Internet finance business.
  • May.Founded
    GeoTrust Japan becomes GlobalSign K.K.
  • Mar.Established
    GMO Internet establishes new e-commerce company, GMO Solution Partner in a joint investment with Sagawa Express.

2006

  • Apr.M&A
    Gofukusei Network has joined the group.
  • Apr.M&A
    GMO NETCLUE Japan and GMO Intertainment merge to integrate the group’s online game businesses. GMO Games is the result of the merger.
  • Feb.Service launch
    GMO Payment Gateway launched a credit card payment solution for public money targeting local governments accepting credit card payment for taxes and public utility charges, which is currently the company's core-service.

2005

  • Dec.Listed
    GMO Hosting & Security is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market.
  • Oct.Established
    GMO Internet Securities is established.
  • Sep.Established
    GMO VenturePartners investment business is established.
  • Sep.M&A
    Orient Credit becomes a subsidiary following the stock acquisition. The group enters the consumer finance market.
  • Aug.M&A
    Capital partnership established with online store construction service, MakeShop.
  • Jun.Listed
    The company is promoted to the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and changes its name to GMO Internet.
  • May.GMO Research changed its name
    GMO Media and Solutions is restructured with a focus on research and changes its name to GMO Research.
  • May.GMO Media was created
    The media and e-commerce divisions of GMO Mobile and Desktop and GMO Media Solutions are consolidated in the new company, GMO Media.
  • May.M&A
    GMO Payment Gateway increases holdings in Epsilon by acquiring shares.
  • Apr.Listed
    GMO Payment Gateway is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Market.
  • Feb.GMO-PG changed its name
    GMO Card Commerce Services changes its name to GMO Payment Gateway.
  • Jan.New service
    paperboy&Co. launches its "Color Me Shop! pro (currently, Color Me Shop)," which is a service to build online store and currently the company's core-service. This led to a full-scale launch of the company's ecommerce solutions business.

2000~2004

2004

  • Nov.M&A
    Management integration of Card Commerce Services and Payment One to enhance online credit card payment processing services.
  • Oct.M&A
    3721 Soft and ACCESSPORT become wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • Aug.M&A
    Tea Cup Communication joins the GMO Internet Group following a stock swap.
  • Jul.M&A
    GMO has resolved to acquire complete control of CCS Holding Co., Ltd through a share exchange, and executed a share exchange agreement. Card Commerce Services, the leading online credit card payment processing company, has joined the group.
  • Mar.M&A
    paperboy&co. joins the group.
  • Feb.Listed
    Promoted to the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2003

  • May.Changing company name
    iSLE changes its name to GMO Hosting and Technologies.
  • May.Launched security business
    GeoTrust JAPAN is established by GMO Hosting and Technologies in partnership with GeoTrust, the US company with the second largest global market share in the server certificate (SSL authentication) industry.

2002

  • Dec.Launched research business
    GMO Media and Solutions launches research business GMO Research in partnership with Access Media International.
  • Oct.Launched payment business
    40.62% share of credit card payment processing provider, Payment One acquired in a private placement. Payment One joins the group.
  • Apr.M&A
    FreeML, Mailin, and MagPromotion merge to become GMO Media and Solutions.

2001

  • Nov.M&A
    Daiichi Tsushin is acquired.
  • Sep.M&A
    Mailin becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary following the stock swap. MagPromotion and FreeML.com also become wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • May.M&A
    GMO Internet acquires the two web hosting companies iSLE and RapidSite.
  • Apr.Changing company name
    Company name is changed to Global Media Online.

2000

  • Sep.Stock listing
    Three hundred and sixty-four days after incorporation, consolidated subsidiary Magclick becomes the fastest company to list on NASDAQ Japan in the stock market’s history.
  • Apr.Launched server business
    interQ Marugoto Server, a low-priced, high-quality data center service is launched in a tie-up with Cobalt Networks.

Prior to 1999

1999

  • Sep.Established
    Magclick is established.
  • Sep.Launched domain business
    Launch of Onamae.com domain registration services.
  • Aug.Publicly traded
    Three years and eight months after being established we become the first independent net venture and the first Internet service provider to list on the stock exchange in Japan.
  • Apr.Awarded
    Selected by ICANN to become the sole commercial domain registrar in Japan and the Asian region.

1995

  • Dec.Launched provider business
    interQ ORIGINAL launch. The world’s first Internet access service that doesn’t require a contract.
  • Nov.Changing company name
    The Internet is rapidly expanding and the company changes its name to interQ, shifting its focus to the provision of Internet and service infrastructure.

1991

  • May.Established
    Multi-media company, Voice Media is established.
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