Nexon Co., Ltd. (Korean: 주식회사 넥슨/Japanese: 株式会社ネクソン) is a South Korean video game publisher that specializes in online games for PC and mobile.[6] It maintains over 80 titles across 190 countries with popular IP franchises such as MapleStory, Dungeon&Fighter, Sudden Attack, and KartRider.[6] Nexon was founded in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 by Kim Jung-ju and Jake Song. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters to Tokyo, Japan. Nexon's holding company is NXC,[7] a South Korean entertainment conglomerate headquartered in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Nexon Co, Ltd.
Native name
  • 주식회사 넥슨  (Korean)
  • 株式会社ネクソン  (Japanese)
TypePublic
TYO: 3659
IndustryVideo games
FoundedDecember 26, 1994; 27 years ago (1994-12-26)
Seoul, South Korea
Founders
HeadquartersMinato-ku, Tokyo[1],
Japan
Key people
Owen Mahoney (CEO)[2]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[3]
Revenue¥253.7billion (2018)[4]
¥98.3billion (2018)[4]
¥107.7billion (2018)[4]
OwnerNXC (46.7%)[5]
Number of employees
6,441 (Dec. 2018)
Subsidiaries§ Organization
Websitewww.nexon.com/main/en

As of March 2022, Nexon is the second largest game company in South Korea after Krafton, as well as the fourth-largest online game company in Asia outside of Japan in terms of revenue and market capitalization, after Tencent Games, NetEase and Krafton, ahead of Netmarble, 37 Entertainment, and NCSoft.[8]

HistoryEdit

Nexon Group was established in Seoul, South Korea on December 26, 1994, and is currently based in Japan. It also has offices located in South Korea, the United States, Taiwan and Thailand.[9] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[10] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[11] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[12] 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.[13][14] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[15] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon & Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[16][17] Dungeon & Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play online PC games in China.[17][18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a mobile game developer in Maryland.[21]

On January 3, 2019, the Korea Economic Daily reported Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju and associates have put their 98.64-percent stake up for sale.[22] However, on July 8, 2019, Reuters reported the plan was abandoned.[23]

On November 25, 2019, The Lego Group announced the acquisition of Bricklink, the world's largest Lego fan community from Nexon, for an unknown price, which is expected to finish before the end of 2019.[24]

On June 2, 2020, Nexon announced plans to invest $1.5 billion in listed entertainment companies.[25] By March 2021, Nexon had deployed $874 million of that amount on investments into Hasbro, Bandai Namco Holdings, Konami, and Sega Sammy Holdings. Nexon stated that they have no interest in outright acquiring or taking activist investor positions in these companies.[26]

Nexon signed with Bandai Namco Holdings, Square Enix and Microsoft for a 10-year Japanese–South Korean video gaming partnership contract for media franchises through 2032, for example HoPals Echoes crossover project.[citation needed]

Nexon, which was known to be the largest video game company in South Korea, was overtaken by Krafton in July 2021.[27]

In January 2022, Russo brothers-owned film production company AGBO sold a $400 million minority stake to Nexon, which is valued at $1.1 billion as Nexon takes a 38% stake.[28]

In February 2022, it was reported by Bloomberg that Saudi Arabian-based Public Investment Fund had purchased just over a 5% stake in Capcom and Nexon, reportedly worth $883 USD million, while American investment company KKR acquired an 8.5% stake.[29]

OrganizationEdit

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.[30] 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.

Nexon Group Companies
Region Company name[31]
Japan NEXON Co., Ltd.
Korea NEXON Korea Corporation; NEOPLE INC.; Nexon Networks Corporation; Nexon Games; NEXON COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd.; Nexon Space Co., Ltd.; Thingsoft Inc.; N Media Platform Co., LTD.; JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd; Ngine Studios; TDF Co., Ltd.
China Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
North America Nexon America Inc.; Nexon US Holding Inc.; Big Huge Games, Inc.; Pixelberry Studios
Other NEXON TAIWAN LIMITED; Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.; Embark Studios AB; NEXON NETWORKS VINA COMPANY LIMITED

GamesEdit

 
The logo of Maplestory, an MMORPG published by Nexon.
Year Title Developer Publisher Notes
1996 Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds Nexon Nexon
1999 Elancia Nexon Nexon
Dark Ages Nexon Nexon
2001 Asgard Nexon Nexon
Crazy Arcade Nexon Korea Nexon
2003 MapleStory Wizet Nexon
TalesWeaver Softmax Nexon
2004 Crazyracing Kartrider Nexon Korea Nexon
Mabinogi devCAT Nexon
2005 Sudden Attack Nexon GT Nexon
Dungeon Fighter Online Neople Nexon
2007 Elsword KOG Studios Nexon Publisher in Korea only.
2008 Counter-Strike Online Nexon Nexon
2008 Combat arms Nexon Nexon
2009 Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter Nexon Nexon
2010 Vindictus devCAT Nexon
Dragon Nest Eyedentity Games Nexon No longer the publisher.
2011 Cyphers Nexon Nexon
2012 FIFA Online 3 Electronic Arts Nexon Publisher in Korea only.
2013 ArcheAge XL Games Nexon Publisher in Korea only.
Final Fantasy XIV Square Enix Business Division 5 Nexon Publisher in Korea only.
Counter-Strike Online 2 Nexon Nexon
2014 FreeStyle 2 Smilegate Nexon
Closers Naddic Games Nexon Publisher in Korea only.
2015 DomiNations Nexon
Big Huge Games
Nexon Publishing rights was handed over to Big Huge Games in 2020.
MapleStory 2 NSquare Nexon
2016 Tree of Savior IMC Games Nexon
Choices: Stories You Play Nexon Nexon
Sudden Attack 2 Nexon GT Nexon
Titanfall Online Nexon Nexon
2017 Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed Nexon Nexon
Dark Avenger 3 Nexon Nexon
AxE (Alliance x Empire) Nexon Nexon
2018 FIFA Online 4 EA Spearhead Nexon
MapleStory M Nexon Nexon
2019 KurtzPel KOG Studios Nexon
Godzilla Defense Force Neople
Studio 42
Nexon
Crazy Arcade BnB M Nexon Nexon
Traha Moai Games Nexon
2020 KartRider Rush+ Nexon Nexon
V4 Nexon Nexon
The Kingdom of the Winds: Yeon Nexon Nexon
2021 Blue Archive Nexon Nexon
KonoSuba: Fantastic Days Nexon Nexon
2022 DNF Duel Arc System Works
Eighting
Neople
Nexon
TBA Project HP Nexon Nexon
KartRider: Drift Nexon Nexon
Dungeon & Fighter Mobile Nexon Nexon
Veiled Experts Nexon Nexon
ARC Raiders Nexon
Dave the Diver Nexon
Dungeon & Fighter 2D mobile Nexon
Dynasty Warriors 9 Mobile Nexon
Gwanggateo the Great Nexon
Hero Sky Nexon
HEXIA Nexon
Magia Nexon
Mabinogi Mobile Nexon
Project BBQ Nexon
Project Magnum Nexon
TALESWEAVER M Nexon
4 Towers Nexon

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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