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Nexon keeps thriving on games that are decades old

Asian gaming giant Nexon keeps on making money from games that are many years old, like Dungeon Fighter and Maple Story. The Tokyo-based company reported third quarter revenues tonight of $533 million, up 36 percent from a year earlier, and net income of $172 million. Both exceeded the company’s outlook for the quarter. The results…

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Nexon acquires High School Story developer Pixelberry Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Tokyo-based gaming giant Nexon is expected to announce tonight that it is acquiring Pixelberry Studios, an acclaimed game studio that created the social-mobile game High School Story , GamesBeat has learned. It’s a happy outcome for a studio that says it specializes in making “games with heart” that help people. We do not know the…

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LawBreakers gets team deathmatch and its first post-launch map

Nexon and Boss Key are giving players a reason to return to LawBreakers , a low-gravity shooter from designer Cliff Bleszinski . Boss Key, the development studio responsible for the online multiplayer battler has launched a free map and mode for everyone who already owns LawBreakers. This is the first installment in a series of…

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The DeanBeat: The Leisure Economy — where we all get paid to play games

I’ve been bouncing this idea about the Leisure Economy, where we all get paid to play games, off everyone I meet these days. With good reason. It’s one of the major ideas we’ll explore at the GamesBeat 2017 event on October 5 and October 6 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. (Agenda here ). I…

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Nexon and Finland’s Grand Cru contemplate making mobile games that last for years

Asian gaming giant Nexon and Finland’s Grand Cru recently launched Battlejack , a mobile game that mashes up a fantasy role-playing game with the classic casino game blackjack. It launched this week on Android and iOS , and it is part of Nexon’s ongoing quest to break into Western markets. Grand Cru CEO Markus Pasula…

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Game Boss interview: Nexon CEO preaches focus on players, not monetization

Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney thinks that mobile game publishers lost sight of what was good for players when they turned up the crank on monetization in the past seven years. That helped mobile gaming rocket to the top of the entire industry, growing to $46 billion in 2017 , but it also soured a lot…

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Nexon’s Battlejack adds an RPG twist to blackjack

Nexon is continuing to seek out developers in the West, and it’s latest partnership is with Finnish indie studio Grand Cru. The two are teaming up on the mobile title Battlejack, a fantasy role-playing game with battle mechanics based on the card game Blackjack. There’s no release date yet, but it’s slated to launch on iOS…

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Cliff Bleszinski is so glad he un-retired to create LawBreakers

Cliff Bleszinski retired from Epic Games in 2012, after two decades making Unreal and Gears of War video games. Two years later, he started Boss Key Productions, and in 2015, he revealed LawBreakers , a first-person shooter set in a sci-fi universe. It’s a game where you can float through the air in areas where…

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LawBreakers is coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC for $30 this year

Cliff Bleszinski ‘s next game is coming together after more than a year in beta testing, and when the game finally launches it will do so on more than just the PC. LawBreakers , a class-based online shooter from developer Boss Key Productions , still doesn’t have a specific release date, but the studio has announced…

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Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney wants the game industry to lose its Hollywood envy

Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney spoke passionately about creativity and inspiration at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017  event. In a fireside chat with me, Mahoney said he wants the game industry to lose its “Hollywood envy.” He thinks games are the coolest medium in part because you can create your own story and your own ending that…