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Nexon Co., Ltd. (Korean넥슨; RRNekseun) is a Korean video game publisher that specializes in online games for PC and mobile. It maintains over 80 titles.[4] Nexon was founded in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 by Kim Jung Ju (김정주) and Jake Song. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters from Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo, Japan.

Nexon Co., Ltd.
Native name
넥슨
Public (K.K)
Traded asTYO: 3659
IndustryVideo games
Founded1994
Seoul, South Korea
FoundersKim Jung Ju (김정주) and Jake Song
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Key people
Owen Mahoney (CEO)[1]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[2]
Ji Won Park (COO)
Revenue¥253.7billion (2018)[3]
¥98.3billion (2018)[3]
¥107.7billion (2018)[3]
OwnerNXC
Number of employees
6,441 (Dec. 2018)
SubsidiariesNEXON Korea Corporation.
Nexon America Inc.
NEXON M Inc.
Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.
NEXON TAIWAN LIMITED
NEXON GT Co., Ltd.
Nexon OC Studio
Nexon Space Co., Ltd.
NEXON RED Corp.
NEXON COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd.
Nexon Networks Corporation
Nexon US Holding Inc.
NEOPLE INC.
Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Rushmo Co., Ltd.
Rushmo America, Inc.
gloops, Inc.
Thingsoft Inc.
BOOLEAN GAMES
Big Huge Games Inc.
N Media Platform Co., LTD.
Pixelberry Studios
JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd.
10Years Co., LTD.
NAT Games Co., Ltd.
Websitehttp://company.nexon.com/

Contents

HistoryEdit

Nexon Group was established in Korea on December 1994 and is currently based in Japan. It also has offices located in Korea, the United States, Taiwan and Thailand.[4] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[5] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[6] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[7] In 2003, Wizet developed MapleStory in Korea, which later became one of their most successful titles and has been serviced for more than a decade.[8][9] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[10] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon&Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[11][12] Dungeon&Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play online PC games in China.[12][13]

In April 2013, the programmer "DrUnKeN ChEeTaH" was sued by Nexon America for operating GameAnarchy, a popular subscription based cheat provider for Combat Arms. Nexon was awarded $1.4M in damages.[14]

Nexon went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on December 14, 2011 in an initial public offering, the largest in Japan for 2011 and the second largest by a technological company for 2011 worldwide.[15]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a mobile game developer in Maryland.[16]

Nexon maintains various offices around the world that engage in the publishing and/or development of Nexon's games. Each region's local consolidated subsidiaries are independently managed and are responsible for developing their own strategy for their products and services.[17] The subsidiary that publishes a game does not necessarily indicate the region(s) that a game is available in. For example, some of Nexon Korea's games are published directly by Nexon Korea yet are available worldwide with no separate service published under the local consolidated company's portfolio.

Region Nexon Group companies
Japan NEXON Co., Ltd.; gloops, Inc.
Korea NEXON Korea Corporation; Rushmo Co.,Ltd.; NEOPLE INC.;Nexon Networks Corporation;NEXON GT Co., Ltd.; NEXON COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd.;Nexon Space Co., Ltd.; Thingsoft Inc.; BOOLEAN GAMES; NEXON RED Corp.;N Media Platform Co., LTD.; JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd; NAT Games Co., Ltd.;10Years Co., LTD.; Neon Studio Corporation.
China Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
North America Nexon America Inc.; NEXON M Inc.; Rushmo America, Inc.; Nexon US Holding Inc.;Big Huge Games, Inc.; Pixelberry Studios; NEXON OC Studio
Other NEXON TAIWAN LIMITED;Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.

GamesEdit

List of PC gamesEdit

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America/Europe Nexon Thailand Nexon Taiwan
ArcheAge Yes
(channeling with XLGames)
No
(already serviced by GameOn)
No
(already serviced by Trion Worlds)
No No
(already serviced by playwith.com.tw)
Ar:piel Yes No
(already serviced by Hangame)
No No No
(already serviced by mangot5)
Ascendant One Yes
(currently in Early Access)
No No No No
Asgard Yes Closed No No No
Astellia Yes
(currently in Open Beta)
No No No No
Battlerite
2018 (North America)
Yes No No
(already serviced by Stunlock Studios)
No No
Closers
2015 (Korea)
Yes[18] No No
(already serviced by En Masse)
No No
Counter-Strike Online
2008 (Korea)
Yes Closed[19] Yes
(known as CS Nexon Zombies,
released in 2014 by Nexon Europe via the Steam platform)
No No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
Crazy Arcade BnB
2001 (Korea)
Known in North America as PopTag
Yes Closed Closed No No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
Crazyracing Kartrider
2004 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter
2008 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
Cyphers Yes No No No No
Dungeon Fighter Online
Known in Asia as Dungeon & FIghter
2005 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed
(now serviced by Neople)
No No
Dragon Nest
2010 (Korea)
Yes
(transferred to Actoz Soft; now channeling with pupugame)
No Closed
(transferred to Eyedentity)
No
(already serviced by Playpark)
No
(already serviced by Gameflier)
Elancia Yes Closed No No No
Elsword
2007 (Korea)
Yes Yes No
(serviced by KOG Games)
No
(already serviced by Playpark)
No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
FIFA Online 4
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No
(already serviced by Garena Singapore)
No
Final Fantasy 14 Yes
(channeling with Eyedentity)
No No
(already serviced by Square Enix)
No No
FreeStyle 2 Yes
(channeling with Smilegate)
No No
(already serviced by JoyCity)
No No
Hyper Universe
2016 (Korea)
Closed on November 15, 2018[20] No Yes
(available on Xbox One[21],
PC version closed December 19, 2018[22])
No No
Legend of Darkness
1999 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
LOST SAGA Yes No No
(already serviced by Z8Games)
No
(already serviced by Godlike Game)
No
Mabinogi
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes No No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
MapleStory
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
(already serviced by Beanfun)
MapleStory 2
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes No No
Moonlight Blade
2015 (China)
Yes No No No Yes
Need for Speed: Edge
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
1996 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
Riders of Icarus
Known in Asia as Icarus Online
2014 (Korea)
Yes
(channeling with YD Online)
No Yes No No
Sudden Attack
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed No No
TalesRunner Yes
(channeling with Smilegate)[23]
No No
(already serviced by OGPlanet)
No
(already serviced by Playpark)
No
Talesweaver
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No No
TERA
2011 (Korea)
Yes
(transferred from Hangame)
No No
(already serviced by En Masse)
No
(already serviced by Playwith)
No
Tree of Savior
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes No
(already serviced by IMCGames)
Yes No
Vindictus
Known in Asia as Mabinogi: Heroes
2010 (Korea)
Yes Closed[24] Yes No
(Closed on the late August 2018 under Garena Thailand)
No
(already serviced by Garena Taiwan)
Project BBQ
2019 (Korea)
Yes No No No No

List of Mobile gamesEdit

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon M Pixelberry Nexon Thailand Nexon Taiwan
After the End: Forsaken Destiny
2017 (North America)
No Yes
(published by Nexon M)
Yes No No No
AxE (Alliance x Empire)
2017 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Choices: Stories You Play
2016 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
DomiNations
2015 (North America)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Dark Avenger 3
Known globally as Darkness Rises
Known in Japan as Dark Avenger X
2018 (Korea)
Yes Announced Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed
2017 (Global)
Yes Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Durango: Wild Lands
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Evil Factory
2017 (North America)
No Yes
(published by Nexon M)
Yes No No No
FAITH
2018 (Japan)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No No No No
FIFA Online 4M
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
GIGANT SHOCK
2018 (Japan)
No Yes No No No No
HIDE AND FIRE
2016 (Japan)
No Yes No No No No
High School Story
2013 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
Hollywood U: Rising Stars
2014 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
HIT: Heroes of Incredible Tales
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
KAISER
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Lyn: The Lightbringer
2018 (Korea)
Announced No No No No No
MapleStory Blitz X
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
MapleStory M
2017 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
MARVEL Battle Lines [25]
2018 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Master of Eternity
2016 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
OVERHIT
2018 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No No No No
PointBlank: Strike
Known in Korea as Special Soldiers
2017 (Korea)
Yes No No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Returners
2017 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
RunningMan Heroes
2019 (Korea)
Announced No No No No No
Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of CaoCao
2015 (Global)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Ring Toss & World Tour
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Spiritwish
2019 (Korea)
Announced No No No No No
Yulgang M
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Power Rangers: All Stars
2018 (Global)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)

Game pipeline (in-house and through publishing agreements)Edit

2019 and beyondEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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