Eikichi Kawasaki (川崎 英吉, Kawasaki Eikichi) is a former Japanese game director, producer, planner, video game designer and founder of the original SNK. He is currently retired. He is sometimes credited as "E. Kawasaki".


Kawasaki was born on 1944-07-07 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.[1]

Eikichi Kawasaki and Angel Torres

Kawasaki (left) with Angel Torres of Evoga (December 2000)

He stayed with the company until its bankruptcy, creating the Playmore group to save SNK's assests. After he won several lawsuits against SNK's former partner, Aruze, Kawasaki resurrected the company with the SNK Playmore name before eventually returning to SNK.

Kawasaki and his wife Natsuyo Kawasaki sold 81.25% of their shares in SNK Playmore to Ledo Millenium in order to allow the acquisition of SNK Playmore by the Chinese joint venture, finalizing the transaction on 2015-08-06.[2]

Eikichi Kawasaki with the chairman of Huali Technology (China 2011)

Kawasaki (right) with the chairman of Huali Technology (China 2011)

He has an in-game reference in the Ikari Warriors ending as "General Kawasaki". He is abnormally larger than the other characters in the game, dons a military outfit, and a black eye patch. He is visually similar to Heidern.

SNK credits



  1. "People who were born on July 7 - Dates of Birth (Birthdays) Database" (in Japanese). Straw-wara's information intersection. Straw-wara. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  2. "SNK Playmore acquired by Chinese company". Dream Cancel. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2019-12-20.

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