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NEXON Co., Ltd.
Native name
주식회사 넥슨
Traded as TYO: 3659
Industry Video games
Founded 1994
Seoul, South Korea
Founders Kim Jung Ju and Jake Song

Tokyo, Japan[4]

Global Offices
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
El Segundo, California, USA
Berlin, Germany
Emeryville, California, USA
Bangkok, Thailand
Key people
Can.C (dev)Owen Mahoney(CEO)[5]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[6]
Ji Won Park (Nexon Korea Corp. CEO)[7]
Jungsoo Lee (Nexon America Inc. CEO)[8]
Keunwook (Kenny) Chang (Nexon Europe GmbH CEO)[9]
Revenue ¥183.128 billion (2016)[10]
¥40.661 billion (2016)[10]
¥20.133 billion (2016)[10]
Number of employees
5,525 (Dec. 2016)
Subsidiaries Nexon Korea Corporation
Nexon America Inc.
Nexon Europe GmbH
Nexon Taiwan Ltd.
Nexon Networks Corporation
Nexon Communications Co., Ltd.
NDOORS Corporation
Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Rushmo Co., Ltd.
Neon Studio Corporation
NEXON GT Co., Ltd.
gloops, Inc.
gloops Vietnam Co.,Ltd.
Nexon Space Co., Ltd.
Boolean Games
Rushmo America, Inc.[11]
Big Huge Games
N Media Platform Co., LTD.
NSC Corporation
Nexon US Holding Inc.
Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.

Nexon (Hangul넥슨; RRNekseun) Co., Ltd. (stylized, trademarked and marketed as NEXON Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社ネクソン, Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Nekuson)) is a global leader in online games for PC and mobile. It services over 100 titles in over 190 countries.[12] Nexon was founded in Seoul in 1994 by Kim Jung Ju and Jake Song. Nexon headquarters is in Tokyo, Japan. Nexon is currently a listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.[12]


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, Europe and Taiwan.[12] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[13] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[14] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[15] In 2003, Nexon developed MapleStory in Korea, which later became one of their most successful titles and has been serviced for more than a decade.[16][17] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[18] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon&Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[19][20] Dungeon&Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play online PC games in China.[20][21]

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.[22]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a mobile game developer in Maryland.[23]

Nexon currently has the following subsidiaries: Nexon Korea Corporation, Nexon America Inc., Nexon Europe GmbH, Nexon Taiwan Ltd., Nexon Networks, NEXON M Inc., Nexon Communications, NEOPLE, NDOORS, Lexian, Rushmo, Rushmo America, Neon Studio, NEXON GT, gloops, gloops Vietnam, Nexon Space, THINGSOFT, Boolean Games, Fantage, Big Huge Games, wellgames, N Media Platform, NSC, Nexon US Holding, and Nexon Thailand (former iDCC).[11][24]


Nexon America games[edit]

Game Launched Genre Developer Status Official Website
MapleStory May 11, 2005 (North America) Fantasy MMORPG Wizet Live
Mabinogi March 27, 2002[25] Fantasy MMORPG devCAT Live
Combat Arms July 11, 2008 (North America)[26] First-person shooter Doobic Studios Live
Vindictus October 27, 2010 (North America)[27] Action MMORPG devCAT Live

List of PC games[edit]

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America Nexon Europe Nexon Thailand
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Merged with GMS Yes
(Upcoming 1 October 2017)
MapleStory 2
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Sudden Attack
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed No No
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Closed No
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
1996 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No No
2009 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
Shaiya Online Yes No No[28] No[28] No
Legend of Darkness
1999 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
Asgard Yes Yes No No No
Elancia Yes Closed No No No
2007 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed (Now serviced by KOG Games) No Licensed to PLAYPARK
Dungeon Fighter Online
2005 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed (Now serviced by Neople) No No
Known in Asia as Mabinogi: Heroes
2010 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
Eve Online No Closed No No No
Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter
2008 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Crazy Arcade BnB
2001 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
Crazyracing Kartrider
2004 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
QPlay Yes Closed No No No
Counter-Strike Online Yes Yes No No No
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies No No No Yes
(via the Steam platform)[29]
War Rock Moved to
No Yes Yes No
Combat Arms Yes No Yes Yes No
Atlantica Online Yes Closed Yes Yes No
Dekaron Yes[30] No No Yes No
Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu No Yes No No No
Chaos Online Yes No No No No
Counter-Strike Online 2 Yes No No No No
FIFA Online 3
2012 (Korea)
Yes No No No Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
Cyphers Online Yes No No No No
LOST SAGA Yes No No Closed[31] Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
Epic of the Three Kingdoms Yes[32] Closed No No No
Tales Runner Yes[33] No No No Licensed to PLAYPARK
2015 (Korea)
Yes[34] No No No No
Dirty Bomb
2015 (North America)
No No No
(now serviced by WarChest)
No No
Tree of Savior
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes
(via the Steam platform)
(via the Steam platform)
Sudden Attack 2
2016 (Korea)
No No No No No

Game Pipeline (In-house and through publishing agreements)[edit]

2015 and beyond[edit]

See also[edit]


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  13. ^ Bruce Einhorn. "What is Nexus?". Nexus Atlas. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Kru Interactive Profile". Kru Interactive. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
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  20. ^ a b Lulu Yilun Chen and Jungah Lee (May 28, 2014). "Tencent $1 Billion Game Shows Global Hunt for Mobile Hits". Bloomberg News. 
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  26. ^ Combat Arms. Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  27. ^ [VIN] Vindictus to Officially Launch October 27 | The msupdate Blog. (2010-10-19). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
  28. ^ a b Aeria, Nexon reach agreement over future Shaiya operations. Gamasutra (2012-03-14). Retrieved on 2013-08-23.
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  30. ^ IGN Staff (June 4, 2008). "Dekaron Coming Soon to Southeast Asia". IGN. 
  31. ^ "Lost Saga". Nexon Europe. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Epic of the Three Kingdoms". NEXON. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Tales Runner". NEXON. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Korean Anime Action MOARPG Closers First Closed Beta Comes This August". 2P. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
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