Nexon

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This article is about the videogame company. For Nexon, Inc., the former subsidiary, see Kru Interactive. For the Commune of France, see Nexon, Haute-Vienne. For the train station, see Gare de Nexon. For the Georgetown University professor, see Daniel Nexon.
Not to be confused with Nexen.
NEXON Co., Ltd.
Native name
주식회사 넥슨코리아[* South Korean local subsidiary]
株式会社ネクソン
Public[1][2][3]
Traded as TYO: 3659
Industry Game developer and publisher
Founded 1994
Seoul, South Korea
Founders Kim Jung Ju and Jake Song
Headquarters

Tokyo, Japan.[4]

Global Offices
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
El Segundo, California, USA
Berlin, Germany
Emeryville, California, USA
Key people
Owen Mahoney(CEO)[5]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[6]
Ji Won Park (Nexon Korea Corp. CEO)[7]
Richard Williams (Nexon America Inc. CEO)[8]
Keunwook (Kenny) Chang (Nexon Europe GmbH CEO)[9]
Revenue Increase ¥190.263 billion (2015) [10]
Increase ¥62.290 billion (2015) [10]
Increase ¥55.132 billion (2015) [10]
Number of employees
5,033 (Dec. 2015)[11][12]
Subsidiaries Nexon Korea Corporation
Nexon America Inc.
Nexon Europe GmbH
Nexon Taiwan Ltd.
Nexon Networks Corporation
NEXON M Inc.
Nexon Communications Co., Ltd.
NEOPLE INC.
NDOORS Corporation
Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Rushmo Co., Ltd.
Neon Studio Corporation
NEXON GT Co., Ltd.
gloops, Inc.
COMLIER. INC
gloops Vietnam Co.,Ltd.
Nexon Space Co., Ltd.
THINGSOFT Inc.
Fantage.com Inc.
Boolean Games
Rushmo America, Inc.[13]
Big Huge Games
Website http://company.nexon.co.jp/en/

Nexon (Korean: 넥슨 Revised: Nekseun?) 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 developer and publisher of free-to-play (F2P) PC and mobile online games.[14] 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.[14]

History[edit]

Nexon Group was established in Korea on December 1994.[14] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[15] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[16] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[17] In 2003, Nexon developed MapleStory in Korea, which later became its most successful title and has been serviced for more than a decade.[18][19] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[20] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon&Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[21][22] Dungeon&Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play PC online games in China.[22][23]

Originally founded in Korea, Nexon Co., Ltd. is currently based in Japan and has offices located in Japan, Korea, United States and Europe.

Nexon currently has 21 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, COMLIER, gloops Vietnam, Nexon Space, THINGSOFT, Boolean Games and Fantage.[13][24]

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.[25]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a video games developer in Maryland.[26]

Games[edit]

Nexon America games[edit]

Game Launched Genre Developer Status Official Website
MapleStory May 11, 2005 (North America) Fantasy MMORPG Wizet Live maplestory.nexon.net
Mabinogi March 27, 2002[27] Fantasy MMORPG devCAT Live mabinogi.nexon.net
Combat Arms July 11, 2008 (North America)[28] First-person shooter Doobic Studios Live combatarms.nexon.net
Vindictus October 27, 2010 (North America)[29] Action MMORPG devCAT Live vindictus.com
Atlantica Online March 29, 2011 (North America) (Service Taken Over From Ndoors[30]) Strategy MMORPG NDOORS Corporation Live atlantica.nexon.net/
Dragon Nest September 27, 2011 (North America)[31] Action MMORPG Eyedentity Games Live dragonnest.com

List of PC games[edit]

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America Nexon Europe
MapleStory
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
MapleStory 2
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No No
Sudden Attack
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed No
Mabinogi
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Closed
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
1996 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No
Talesweaver
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No
Everplanet
2009 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No
Shaiya Online Yes No No[32] No[32]
Legend of Darkness
1999 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No
Asgard Yes Yes No No
Elancia Yes Closed No No
Elsword
2007 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No
Dungeon Fighter Online
2005 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed (Now serviced by Neople) No
Vindictus
Known in Asia as Mabinogi: Heroes
2010 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dragon Nest
2010 (Korea)
Moved to
Actoz Soft
No Yes No
Eve Online No Yes No No
Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter
2008 (Korea)
Yes No No No
Crazy Arcade BnB
2001 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No
Crazyracing Kartrider
2004 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No
QPlay Yes Closed No No
Counter-Strike Online Yes Yes No No
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies No No No Yes
(via the Steam platform)[33]
War Rock Moved to
DreamExecution
No No Yes
Combat Arms Yes No Yes Yes
Atlantica Online Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dekaron Yes[34] Yes No Yes
Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu No Yes No No
Chaos Online Yes No No No
Counter-Strike Online 2 Yes No No No
FIFA Online 3
2012 (Korea)
Yes No No No
Cyphers Online Yes No No No
United Eleven
Known in Asia as Football Day
2014 (Europe)
No No No Yes[35]
LOST SAGA Yes No No Closed[36]
Epic of the Three Kingdoms Yes[37] Closed No No
Tales Runner Yes[38] No No No
Closers
2015 (Korea)
Yes[39] No No No
Dirty Bomb
2015 (North America)
No No Yes
(via the Steam platform)
No

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

2015 and Beyond[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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