Candy Crush Saga
developer King has opened an office in Tokyo, Japan in order to localize King mobile games for the Japanese market.
The news comes courtesy of a blog post
published by industry veteran Dr. Serkan Toto.
Toto cites a CNet Japan interview
with Ken Edahiro, the new general manager of King Japan, in which Edahiro claims that King's Japan office -- its 10th so far -- exists to localize King games for the lucrative Japanese mobile market
and potentially develop new games specifically for the Japanese market down the line.
This is the first new office King has opened since its anemic IPO
King isn't the first foreign game developer to make major inroads on the Japanese mobile market -- Supercell launched Clash of Clans
in Japan last summer alongside cross-promotion from Puzzle & Dragons
developer GungHo, which later purchased
a majority stake in Supercell.
Toto also points out that Japan is one of the few places in the world where mobile games are advertised on television, and King is taking pains to fit in by running what Toto describes as "cool, funny and dark" TV ads for the Japanese version of Candy Crush Saga
featuring contemporary Japanese celebrities. We've taken the liberty of embedding one of the most recent ads -- starring actor Kenichi Endo and V6 boy band member Junichi Okada -- above.