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Nexon Co., Ltd.
Native name
ネクソン
Public[1][2][3]
Traded as TYO: 3659
Industry Video games
Founded 1994
Seoul, South Korea
Founders Kim Jung Ju (김정주) and Jake Song
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Kim Jung Ju (Chairman)
Owen Mahoney(CEO)[4]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[5]
Ji Won Park (COO)
Revenue ¥234.929billion (2017)[6]
¥90.504billion (2017)[6]
¥56.750billion (2017)[6]
Number of employees
5,716 (Mar. 2018)
Subsidiaries NEXON Korea Corporation.
Nexon America Inc.
NEXON M Inc.
Nexon Europe GmbH
Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.
NEXON TAIWAN LIMITED
NEXON GT Co., Ltd.
Nexon OC Studio
Nexon Space Co., Ltd.
NEXON RED Corp.
NEXON COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd.
Nexon Networks Corporation
Nexon US Holding Inc.
NEOPLE INC.
NDOORS Corporation
Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Rushmo Co., Ltd.
Rushmo America, Inc.
gloops, Inc.
gloops Vietnam Co.,Ltd.
Thingsoft Inc.
BOOLEAN GAMES
Big Huge Games Inc.
N Media Platform Co., LTD.
Pixelberry Studios
JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd.
Website http://company.nexon.com/

Nexon Co., Ltd. (Hangul넥슨; RRNekseun) is a South Korean video game company that specializes in online games for PC and mobile. It services over 80 titles in over 190 countries.[7] Nexon was founded in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 by Kim Jung Ju (김정주) and Jake Song. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters from Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo, Japan.

History[edit]

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, Taiwan and Thailand.[7] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[8] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[9] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[10] 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.[11][12] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[13] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon&Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[14][15] Dungeon&Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play online PC games in China.[15][16]

In April 2013, coder DrUnKeN ChEeTaH was sued by Nexon America for operating GameAnarchy, a popular subscription based cheat provider for Combat Arms, and lost, Nexon being awarded $1.4M in damages. [17]

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.[18]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a mobile game developer in Maryland.[19]

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.[20] 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.

Region Nexon Group companies
Japan NEXON Co., Ltd.; gloops, Inc.
Korea NEXON Korea Corporation; Rushmo Co.,Ltd.; NEOPLE INC.;Nexon Networks Corporation; NDOORS Corporation;NEXON GT Co., Ltd.; NEXON COMMUNICATIONS Co., Ltd.;Nexon Space Co., Ltd.; Thingsoft Inc.; BOOLEAN GAMES; NEXON RED Corp.;N Media Platform Co., LTD.; JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd
China Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
North America Nexon America Inc.; NEXON M Inc.; Rushmo America, Inc.; Nexon US Holding Inc.;Big Huge Games, Inc.; Pixelberry Studios; NEXON OC Studio
Other NEXON Europe GmbH; gloops Vietnam Co.,Ltd.; NEXON TAIWAN LIMITED;Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.

Games[edit]

List of PC games[edit]

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America Nexon Thailand Nexon Taiwan
ArcheAge Yes
(channeling with XLGames)
No
(already serviced under GameOn)
No
(already serviced under Trion Worlds)
No No
(already serviced under playwith.com.tw)
Ar:piel Yes No
(already serviced under Hangame)
No No No
(already serviced under mangot5)
Ascendant One
Also known as A1
Announced No No No No
Asgard Yes Closed No No No
Astellia Yes
(currently in Closed Beta)
No No No No
Battlerite
2018 (North America)
Yes
(currently in Beta)
No No
(already serviced under Stunlock Studios)
No No
Closers
2015 (Korea)
Yes[21] No No
(already serviced under En Masse)
No No
Counter-Strike Online Yes Yes No No No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies
2014 (Europe)
Yes
(via the Steam platform; published by Nexon Korea but available globally)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No No
Crazy Arcade BnB
2001 (Korea)
Known in North America as PopTag
Yes Closed Closed No No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
Crazyracing Kartrider
2004 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter
2008 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
Cyphers Online Yes No No No No
Duel of Summoners
Known in Asia as Mabinogi Duel
2014 (Korea)
Closing on August 23[22] No
(only available via Mobile)
Yes No No
Dungeon Fighter Online
Known in Asia as Dungeon & FIghter
2005 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed
(now serviced under Neople)
No No
Dragon Nest
2010 (Korea)
Yes
(transferred to Actoz Soft; now channeling with pupugame)
Yes Closed
(transferred to Eyedentity)
No
(already serviced under Playpark)
No
(already serviced under Gameflier)
Elancia Yes Closed No No No
Elsword
2007 (Korea)
Yes Yes No
(serviced under KOG Games)
No
(already serviced under Playpark)
No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
FIFA Online 3
2012 (Korea)
Yes No No No
(already serviced under Garena Thailand)
No
FIFA Online 4
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No
(already serviced under Garena Singapore)
No
Final Fantasy 14 Yes
(channeling with Eyedentity)
No No
(already serviced under Square Enix)
No No
FreeStyle 2 Yes
(channeling with Smilegate)
No No
(already serviced under JoyCity)
No No
Hyper Universe
2016 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(available on PC and Xbox One[23])
No No
LawBreakers
2017 (North America)
Partial
(went under one Closed Beta test)
No Closing on September 14[24]
(available on PC and PlayStation 4)
No No
Legend of Darkness
1999 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
LOST SAGA Yes No No
(already serviced under Z8Games)
No
(already serviced under Garena Thailand)
No
Mabinogi
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes No No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
MapleStory
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Yes No
(already serviced under Beanfun)
MapleStory 2
2015 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(currently in Closed Beta)
No No
Moonlight Blade
2015 (China)
Yes No No No No
Need for Speed: Edge
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
1996 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
Riders of Icarus
Known in Asia as Icarus Online
2014 (Korea)
Yes
(channeling with YD Online)
No Yes No No
Sudden Attack
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed No No
Tango 5 Reloaded
Reboot of mobile version on PC
2018 (Global)
Yes
(currently in beta; published by Nexon Korea but available globally)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Tales Runner Yes
(channeling with Smilegate)[25]
No No
(already serviced under OGPlanet)
No
(already serviced under Playpark)
No
Talesweaver
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No No
TERA
2011 (Korea)
Yes
(transferred from Hangame)
No No
(already serviced under En Masse)
No No
Tree of Savior
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes No
(already serviced under IMCGames)
Yes No
Vindictus
Known in Asia as Mabinogi: Heroes
2010 (Korea)
Yes Closing on August 29[26] Yes No
(already serviced under Garena Thailand)
No
(already serviced under Garena Taiwan)

List of Mobile games[edit]

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon M Pixelberry Nexon Thailand Nexon Taiwan
After the End: Forsaken Destiny
2017 (North America)
No Yes
(published by Nexon M)
Yes No No No
AxE (Alliance x Empire)
2017 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Choices: Stories You Play
2016 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
DomiNations
2015 (North America)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Dark Avenger 3
Known globally as Darkness Rises
2018 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Dragon Knights
2018 (Japan)
No Yes No No No No
Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed
2017 (Global)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Durango: Wild Lands
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Evil Factory
2017 (North America)
No Yes
(published by Nexon M)
Yes No No No
Fantasy War Tactics R
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No
(already serviced by Valofe)
No No No
FIFA Online 3M
2014 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
GIGANT SHOCK
2018 (Japan)
No Yes No No No No
HIDE AND FIRE
2016 (Japan)
No Yes No No No No
High School Story
2013 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
Hollywood U: Rising Stars
2014 (North America)
No No No Yes No No
HIT: Heroes of Incredible Tales
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
KAISER
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Lode Runner 1
2017 (Global)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
MapleStory Blitz X
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
MapleStory M
2017 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Mabinogi Duel
2015 (Korea)
Closing on August 23[27] Closing on August 23[28]
(published by Nexon Korea)
No
(only available on PC via Nexon America)
No No Closing on August 23[29]
(published by Nexon Korea)
MARVEL Battle Lines [30]
2018 (Korea)
Announced No No No No No
Master of Eternity
2016 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
OVERHIT
2018 (Korea)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No No No No
PointBlank: Strike
Known in Korea as Special Soldiers
2017 (Korea)
Yes No No No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Returners
2017 (Korea)
Yes No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of CaoCao
2015 (Global)
Yes Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
No Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Yes
(published by Nexon Korea)
Ring Toss & World Tour
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Titanfall: Assault
2017 (North America)
No No Yes No No No
Yulgang M
2018 (Korea)
Yes No No No No No
Power Rangers: All Stars
2018 (Australia, New Zealand and Philippines)
Yes No No No No No

Game pipeline (in-house and through publishing agreements)[edit]

2018 and beyond[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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