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  • Nintendo doesn't see itself in competition with Sony or Microsoft

    The CEO of Nintendo Korea, Mineo Koda, has told the Asian News Network that the company doesn’t see itself in competition with either Sony or Microsoft. “People often ask such questions, and we say our competitor is neither those companies, but consumer indifferent to games,” he said. Koda went on to say he feels Nintendo […]

  • Korea pours billions into home games industry

    Korea’s government is backing the nation’s games industry with a 350 billion won ($200 million) investment until 2012, aiming to expand the country’s game exports to 5 trillion won ($3.39 billion) per year. According to a report in Korean news publication Digital Chosunilbo, Culture, Sports and Tourism Minster Yu In-chon revealed the plans in a […]

  • Crytek opens Korean office

    Crytek’s opened an office in Seoul, the company’s announced. The team will be focused primarily on licensing CryENGINE. “Establishing an office in Seoul was the logical step to expand our business in Korea as well as giving our engine licensees in this region the best possible support, through direct access to a dedicated local team,” […]

  • Aion: The Tower of Eternity breaks beta test record in Korea

    The Korean beta for forthcoming NCsoft MMO, Aion: The Tower of Eternity, has reached a total of 170,000 users, making it the most popular event of its type in the country’s history. More than 11,000 people were logged into the game after only two minutes of the beta service launching, apparently. “In less than an […]

  • WAR to launch in Korea

    Mythic’s confirmed that Warhammer Online is to geta Korean launch. Hangame’s to handle the localised product. Korea will get the game next year. WAR is just the latest western MMO to make the move to the country, with a Korean version of Age of Conan announced only last week. Press release after the link.

  • Age of Conan to release in Korea

    According to this EG story, Funcom’s Age of Conan’s first Asian release will be in Korea. Korean firm Neowiz will be handling the port. “We are very excited to introduce the world-class large-scale MMORPG Age of Conan with its popularity and great reputation in the industry,” said Neowiz boss Choi Gwan-ho. “This will be the […]

  • NCsoft profits plummet 50% in last quarter

    NCsoft’s reported a profit drop of 50 percent for the quarter ending September 30, down to to 5.0 billion won ($3.7 million) on sales of 78.3 billion won ($58.0 million). Tabula Rasa only accounted for 2 percent of the cash, or 1.76 billion Korean won ($1.3 million), in the period. Richard Garriott confirmed last night […]

  • New Hellgate expansion in development

    Bit slow on this, sorry. HanbitSoft – the South Korean company that now owns the rights to Hellgate: London – has confirmed that there’s new content in the pipe for the troubled action-RPG-MMO. “Since acquiring the intellectual property rights, HanbitSoft Inc., the publisher and distributor of Hellgate: London in Asia, has concentrated on the development […]

  • South Korean gaming market facing "saturation"

    According to this Edge piece, the South Koren gaming market, while growing fast, may be facing a simple matter of physical limitation. “One of the biggest issues for South Korea itself as a country is that there are limitations to the country’s growth,” said Pearl Research managing director Allison Luong. “This is because so many […]

  • Drunk Itagaki talks for four pages on "passage of time"

    This is actually pretty cool. 1UP managed to get some time with ex-Team Ninja boss Tomonobu Itagaki whilst drunk at Waseda University. Here’s a good bit: You look at, for instance, back in World War II. You had aerial dogfight battle with 600 planes on each side. And then, as we got into say the […]

  • Nintendo and Sony look to Asian expansion

    According to this Thompson Financial story, quoting the Nikkei, both Nintendo and Sony are showing serious signs or moving their businesses into other areas of Asia outside Japan. Apparently, 20 DS titles are to be release in South Korea this year, and Nintendo “has started providing technologies to a South Korean game developer, which has […]

  • Huxley enters open beta in Korea

    According to this press release, Webzen MMOFPS Huxley’s entered open beta in South Korea. “Huxley is a creative, thrilling and immersive adventure, and we are excited to open the break-through game to the mass public for the first time anywhere in the world,” said Webzen meta-king Nam Ju Kim. “Huxley combines the unmatched Unreal Engine […]

  • Photos of Korean women promoting Ninja Gaiden II

    Jeepers. Korean site Videogamerx has posted a huge amount of photographs of a promotional event for Ninja Gaiden II, featuring a lot of highly attractive women and a pasty fat man with a sword. We’re not here to judge. Take a look.

  • Wii sales weak in South Korea

    According to this GameShot piece (translated by Kotaku), the Korean Wii launch has been something of a dead duck. Since the machine launched in the country last month, it’s sold only 35,000 units sold out of the 50,000 units released by Nintendo. As for software, Wii Sports sold 30,000 copies, while Swing Golf Pangya and […]

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