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[Game] Webzen Mu: Origin beats Raven to top the Google Play sales list
Mobile MMORPG Mu: Origin came out on top in the Google Play sales ranking finally beating Raven on May 20. Mu: Origin returned to its throne after previously topping both the T Story sales list and Android based Google Play on the 28th last month. It has kept its 2nd place ever since but has now cla
Liz Kim   2015-05-20
[Game] Mobile game companies sales performance to change the landscape of the gaming industry
The 1Q earnings results for major game developers was released. Mobile game companies such as Netmarble Games, Com2uS, and Webzen came out strong, while web board game companies like NHN Entertainment and Neowiz Games were hit hard by stringent regulations. Nexon topped the sales list with Dungeon F
Jeansun Kim   2015-05-18
[Game] Candy Crush Saga terminates its contract with Kakao Game
King Digital Entertainment announced that it will terminate its contract with Kakao Game, triggering a massive exodus from the Kakao gaming platform. According to the industry on May 11, King Digital Entertainment decided not to renew its contract with Daum Kakao Game, terminating its deal on May 9.
Liz Kim   2015-05-11
[Game] KERI says online game shutdown shrank the domestic gaming market by 1.16 trillion won
The Korea Electro Technology Research Institute (KERI) announced on May 6 in a report titled The economic implication of the Shutdown Act on the gaming industry that elective shutdown options are better than forced regulation which shrank the market by 1.16 trillion won after its execution. The repo
Liz Kim   2015-05-06
[Game] Naver throws its full support behind webtoon based mobile game development
Naver has been zooming in on webtoon based mobile game development. The first beneficiary will be the game version of God of High School with Naver Webtoon. Developed by Sioo Interactive and published by NHN Entertainment, God of High School with Naver Webtoon started taking registration in advance
Liz Kim   2015-05-06
[Game] MU Origin to be released on April 28 in Korea
MU Origin enters Korea on April 28 after hitting the jackpot in China. Webzen plans to unfold its marketing campaign to drum up the buzz for its launch event set for 2PM on April 28. On its first day of release in China, the mobile game raked in 4.5 million won in sales in only 13 hours or 35.1 bill
Liz Kim   2015-04-28
[Game] HanbitSoft and YG Entertainment join hands for mobile rhythm dance development and publishing
Game developer HanbitSoft and YG Entertainment announced on April 23 that they clinched a joint business contract for mobile rhythm dance development and publishing for the global market. Based on the deal, YG Entertainment provides the rights to use the pictures, music, album, group names, images,
Liz Kim   2015-04-23
[Game] Netmarble to host global e-sports qualifying round for physically challenged students
Netmarble Games hosted a qualifying round for the 11th Korea Physically Challenged Students e-Sports Contest sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency and the Kenya Institute of Special Education. Netmar
Liz Kim   2015-04-09
[Game] Webzen starts taking pre-sale orders for MU Origin
Webzen started taking pre-sale orders for MU Origin before its official launching service this April. To celebrate the launch, Webzen started a consumer marketing campaign at its website http://muorigin.webzen.co.kr on April 2. The consumer marketing campaign will continue till the last day to grant
Jeansun Kim   2015-04-01
[Communications] Daum Kakao to open its own game market to benefit developers
Daum Kakao announced on April 1 that it has opened its own open market 쁊akao Game Shop, to benefit its developers by saving the fee previously paid out to Google and Apple open markets. Kakao Game Shop is an exclusive market for Kakao Games which has previously paid out 30% of its sales to Google
Jeansun Kim   2015-04-01
[Game] NC Soft to sign MXM China service with Tencent
NC Soft announced on March 31 at the Tencent UP 2015 event that it signed a service contract with Chinese Tencent for its shooting action game MXM. Its first test will take place this May.Kim Hyung-jin, Executive Director at NC Soft, introduced MXM at the event and VP Sage Huang explained its local
Liz Kim   2015-03-31
[Game] Only four out of ten mobile games survive
applications. According to digital advertiser DMC Media셲 report 쁌obile App Marketing Strategy and Prospect Based on the Mobile App Use, domestic smartphone users downloaded an average of 5.3 mobile games and removed 3.3 of them over the past six months.The game app uninstall rate of 63.3% is the
Liz Kim   2015-03-26
[Game] Gaming industry embroiled in controversy over draw-based lottery games
A set of regulations on lucky draw games has been issued, triggering controversy that it will leave the growth of the gaming industry stunted. On March 24, Chung Woo-taek of the ruling Saenuri Party proposed a revision bill to the National Assembly that regulates lucky draw games,obligating the comp
Jeansun Kim   2015-03-24
[Game] Nexon jointly develops Final Fantasy XI mobile game with Japanese Square Anics
Nexon announced on March 19 that it will jointly develop the mobile version of MMORPG Final Fantasy XI game with Square Anics. Based on the story of Final Fantasy XI and appealing contents, the mobile game is expected to be released in 2016. The basic system of the Final Fantasy XI game will be opti
Liz Kim   2015-03-20
[Game] Nexon GT Mon Mon Mon joins hands with Baidu to enter China
Nexon announced on March 19 that it penned a service contract to initiate its service in China with Baidu Mobile Game, the subsidiary of China셲 largest search engine portal Baidu.Mon Mon Mon offers diverse fun to raise and collect 600 different kinds of monsters in a unique battle system, currently
Jeansun Kim   2015-03-19
[Game] Nintendo셲 entry into mobile gaming industry a disservice to Korean mobile game companies
Nintendo셲 entry into the mobile gaming industry is expected to raise the barrier to the global market for Korean casual game developers. On March 18, researcher Cheong Ho-yun at Yujin Investment & Securities said Nintendo has bright prospects with some of its games with its powerful brand awareness
Liz Kim   2015-03-18
[Game] King to unveil Candy Crush Soda in Korea
Global casual game developer King will launch its latest Candy Crush Soda in Korea, a follow up version of its global smash hit Candy Crush Saga. King explained that the new Candy Crush Soda will be an easy to play match-3 casual puzzle game. King Korea held a press conference for the first time aft
Liz Kim   2015-03-05
[Game] MGame releases Yulgang Online 2 in China
MGame announced on the 2nd that it started offering its latest MMORPG Yulgang Online 2 in China. MGame said the server went down two times due to a sudden increase in the number of gamers. MGame plans to check on the system stability with its local partner 17game (former CEDC Games).Yulgang Online 2
Jeansun Kim   2015-02-02
[Game] Summoners War to make top-ten sales list in the US
Com2uS셲 latest mobile game Summoners War enjoyed a whirlwind year in the North American market as it took 9th place in Google Play셲 Games Sales Revenue Ranking on the 26th, a notch upward from its 10th spot from a week ago. It also climbed up to the 19th slot on the Apple App Store셲 Game Sales Ra
Liz Kim   2015-01-28
[Game] Online game shutdown to be selective in the latter half of the year
An online game shutdown law introduced in 2011 barred children under the age of 16 from playing games from midnight to 6AM the next morning. The law has been criticized for excessive government intervention in individuals pursuit of happiness and right to learn. Some called for the revocation of th
Jeansun Kim   2015-01-27
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