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Nexon publishing Valve's Dota 2 in Korea, Japan  
by Eric Caoili [11.08.12]
Online game company Nexon has partnered with Valve to publish the company's free-to-play PC game Dota 2 in both Korea and Japan, where Nexon has a much bigger presence than the developer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Layoffs beat down NCsoft profits 3
by Mike Rose [08.08.12]
South Korean publisher NCsoft has posted its first losses since 2006, due to hefty one-off labor costs that came as a result of the company's restructing efforts during the quarter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Korea

Cloud games and more, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [07.27.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including a new cloud gaming service for Korea, breaches in anti-bot security, and more.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

New anti-game addiction system, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [06.29.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including a new law and system designed to combat online game addiction, and more.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Nexon continues mobile social push with new acquisition  
by Eric Caoili [06.28.12]
Pushing more into the mobile social space, Korean free-to-play MMO company Nexon will acquire inBlue, a Japanese developer that specializes in titles for mobile social game networks Gree and Mobage.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Korea

Blizzard offers Korean Diablo III refunds in light of server issues 9
by Mike Rose [06.21.12]
Following news that the South Korean government is investigating if Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game, Blizzard has now said that it will give refunds to anyone in the country affected by server issues.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Korea

Korean government investigating Diablo III refund complaints 2
by Mike Rose [06.01.12]
The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Korea

Report: Korean gov't to investigate Nexon's takeover of Taiwanese firm  
by Eric Caoili [05.22.12]
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission reportedly intends to investigate Nexon's alleged hostile takeover of Taiwanese game developer and publisher Gamania.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Gamevil's mobile games hit 120M downloads, driving profit growth  
by Eric Caoili [05.15.12]
South Korean developer and publisher has reached 120 million downloads for its mobile titles, which helped increase the company's revenues and sales for the quarter.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Korea

Nexon tops 2011 sales, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [04.27.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including Nexon making more than any other company in the country last year.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Korean developer SmileGate licenses UE3 for two projects  
by Eric Caoili [04.24.12]
South Korean online game developer SmileGate has licensed Epic Games' "Unreal Engine 3" for two upcoming projects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Lineage lawsuits and more, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [04.20.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including jail time for the developers who allegedly leaked Lineage III trade secrets, and more.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Korea

Rival online baseball games, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [04.13.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including a trio of upcoming online baseball games, Dungeon Striker, and more.
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

South Korean publisher Hangame restructures with new CEO  
by Eric Caoili [03.30.12]
South Korean publisher and portal operator Hangame has appointed Eun-Sang Lee, formerly the head of Dragon Nest developer Eyedentity Games, as its new CEO starting this May.
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

WeMade brings in former Netmarble, NHN boss as co-CEO  
by Eric Caoili [03.09.12]
Seoul-headquartered developer and operator WeMade Entertainment (The Legend of Mir series) has announced that it will appoint Hoon NamGoong as its new co-CEO alongside current president NamChul Kim.
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

Game Culture Advisory Group and Daum Mobage, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [03.02.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including the country's new Game Culture Advisory Group, DeNA's Daum Mobage, and more.
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

Nexon transforming Korean dev into global company with increased investment  
by Eric Caoili [03.01.12]
Seoul-based Nexon will increase its stake in JC Entertainment (Freestyle series) and become its largest shareholder, as its looks to transform the Korean developer into a global company.
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

Gamevil's mobile titles reach 100M downloads  
by Eric Caoili [02.29.12]
South Korean mobile game developer and publisher Gamevil has reached 100 million downloads worldwide for its smartphone games, a milestone it hit just half a year after it crossed the 50 million mark.
Smartphone/Tablet, Korea, Business/Marketing

Nexon publishing Crytek's Warface in Korea, Taiwan  
by Eric Caoili [02.29.12]
Seoul-based Nexon Korea Corporation (MapleStory) has signed a deal with Crytek to publish the developer's free-to-play online first-person shooter Warface in Taiwan and South Korea.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing

League of Legends and NCsoft's Ntreev acquisition, this week in Korean news  
by Eric Caoili [02.17.12]
Gamasutra rounds up the week's biggest reports on South Korea's booming online games market from local news site This Is Game, including NCsoft buying Ntreev Soft, Blade & Soul's upcoming launch, and mor
Social/Online, Korea, Business/Marketing