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Line Corporation (stylized as LINE Corporation) is a Tokyo-based subsidiary of the South Korean internet search giant Naver Corporation. The company's business is mainly associated with the development of mobile applications and Internet services.
|Traded as||TYO: 3938, NYSE: LN|
|Industry||Internet and Telecommunications|
|Founded||Tokyo, Japan (September 4, 2000 )|
|Takeshi Idezawa, CEO|
Number of employees
|Parent||Naver Corporation (72.87%)|
|Subsidiaries||Line Plus Corporation |
Line Business Partners Corporation
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Line Corporation was founded on September 4, 2000, as Hangame Japan as a part of Hangame, a South Korean game company owned by NHN at the time. On August 24, 2003, the company was renamed to NHN Japan. Naver later established another Japanese subsidiary, Naver Japan in 2007 which managed the Naver search engine in Japan before its demise. Naver Japan would later acquire Livedoor in 2010. In 2012, Naver merged the three entities (NHN Japan, Naver Japan, Livedoor) into a new subsidiary known as NHN Japan. From April 1, 2013, the company changed its name and traded as Line Corporation. Later that same year, NHN split into two companies, Naver Corporation and NHN Entertainment Corporation which the latter created a new NHN Japan Corporation subsidiary.
Line is a smartphone and PC app which allows users to make calls and messaging with other Line users, both nationally and internationally. The service was launched in June 2011, and it is being used in 230 countries around the world.
Line's service that allows businesses to communicate with customers
A camera app that lets you edit photos with filters, effects, and stickers.
An on demand service that offers users the ability to order food, order taxis, deliver packages and messages, and pick up goods. It is only available in Thailand.
A manga subscription service offered in Japan and Taiwan.
Line Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator service that is available in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.
Line Music is a music streaming service that is available in Japan and Thailand.
A news portal service offering localized news for Japan
A site and app service where users can publish and read novels online via the LINE app. The service launched along LINE Bunko Edge imprint which will publish the novels in Light Novel format in physical volumes. Alongside the imprint, 43 authors including A Certain Magical Index's novelist Kazuma Kamachi will be part of it.
Kazuma Miki, current CEO of talent and IP management company Straight Edge, editor of A Certain Magical Index and Sword Art Online and former editor-in-chief of Kadokawa's Dengeki Bunko is the managing editor of LINE Novel service. The service is partnering with publisher imprints like Dengeki Bunko, Kodansha Taiga, Shincho Bunko, Shinco Bunko nex, Shueisha j-books, Bungeishunju, Takarajimasha, Starts Shuppan Bunko, No-Ichigo Bunko, Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, and Tokyo Sogensha.
Miki says that LINE Novel objective is "to protect author's rights and avoid situations where new authors are used and cast aside by publishers." LINE Novel also is a service that it's a competitor to the huge and famous site for web novels called Shousetsuka ni Narou where many amateur and new authors begins and write for others to read, with many of those getting their works acquired, a contract with publishers and then the works published as Light Novels.
A news portal service similar to Line News but for the Hong Kong market.
On demand video service that offers TV shows and dramas to subscribers. The service is only available in Thailand and Taiwan.
Line Webtoon is a rebrand of Naver's webtoon service for markets outside of Korea.
Line Pay CardEdit
In March 2016, Line launched its own prepaid debit card, Line Pay Card, which can be used for online and in-store purchases. It was made to bolster its financial services alongside Line Pay. In January 2017, Line launched a Line Pay Card for Taiwan through a partnership with CTBC Bank.
Mobile video gamesEdit
Line also publishes mobile video games, including LINE Cookie Run and the Disney Tsum Tsum mobile game, based on the Disney Tsum Tsum line of collectible plush toys. It is the ninth top mobile game by revenue of 2015, grossing $326 million in 2015.
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