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South Korea: June 1, 2004 China: January 10, 2006
Crazyracing Kartrider (Korean: 크레이지레이싱 카트라이더) is an online multiplayer racing game servicing at NEXON. It is part of the Crazy Arcade franchise. It earns revenues by selling virtual items in the in-game shop, including different types of vehicle and spraypaint. Kart Rider not only features fictitious fantasy vehicles but also branded game models based on real-life cars, developed from collaboration with companies such as BMW Korea. About 25% of South Koreans have played the game at least once.
A closed beta for an English version of Crazy Racing KartRider began in America on May 1, 2007 and ended on May 31, 2007. The open beta began on October 2, 2007 and ended on March 19, 2008. The English version of Kart Rider for PC is now closed. The website, which had displayed a notice thanking players for participating in the Open Beta was removed and the site's URL now redirects to the Nexon America homepage. This lead some to believe that it will not be returning. On March 11, 2011, Nexon America released Kartrider for the Apple App Store under the name Kartrider Rush. The Chinese version of the game is known as PopKart. Now, Kartrider is on Facebook and is called "Kartrider Dash". However, as of April 15, 2014 the game has been shut down thus ending the lifespan of the franchise in North America for good.