Nexon Group to Acquire Mobile Game Developer Big Huge Games
Enables Long-Term Service of Critically-Acclaimed Strategy Game DomiNations, Which Has Surpassed 19 Million Total Downloads Worldwide
TOKYO – March 10, 2016 – NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO), a worldwide leader in free-to-play online and mobile games, today announced that its consolidated subsidiary, NEXON Korea Corporation (“Nexon Korea”) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Big Huge Games, a developer of strategy gameDomiNations.
Big Huge Games is an independent game studio co-founded by industry veterans Brian Reynolds and Tim Train, renowned developers behind Civilization II and Rise of Nations. Nexon and Big Huge Games announced a strategic partnership in July 2013, and the debut title, DomiNations, has garnered critical acclaim and international success, including surpassing 19 million total downloads[*] worldwide since its launch in April 2015.
Together, Nexon and Big Huge Games will provide long-term, comprehensive service ofDomiNations, including game development, operations, user support and marketing. In addition, combining Big Huge Games’ skilled creative team and development capabilities with Nexon’s global publishing expertise will enable Nexon to consistently provideDomiNations players with fresh content and engaging experiences over the long-term.
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Big Huge Games. One of Nexon’s core objectives is to empower the best game developers around the world enable them to succeed,” said Owen Mahoney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexon. “DomiNations has achieved great success in both the West and Asia, and we’re excited to work with Big Huge Games to deliver the best quality gameplay to fans for years to come.”
Tim Train, Chief Executive Officer of Big Huge Games, commented, “We’ve had such a great relationship with Nexon on DomiNations, and we’re very excited to become part of the family. We share Nexon’s vision that games are most successful when passionate, talented designers can create innovative gameplay, and we look forward to many years of working together to create worldwide hits that change the mobile landscape”
Nexon creates and publishes creative and entertaining games for players around the world. Going forward, the Company will continue to focus on the development and service of high-quality games through in-house development and strategic partnerships.
About DomiNations https://dominations.nexonm.com/
The engaging single- and multiplayer, base-building strategy game challenges players to develop and rule their own civilizations throughout world history, from the Stone Age to the Space Age. In the game, players relive history’s most famous conflicts and build Wonders of the World in an expansive and immersive environment. The title has been critically acclaimed on both stores and selected as “Best of 2015” by App Store in four countries in Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong). In addition, it was awarded as Google Play’s “Best Games of 2015” in Korea.
About NEXON Co., Ltd. http://company.nexon.co.jp/
NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) is a worldwide leader in free-to-play online and mobile games. Founded in Korea in 1994, Nexon developed one of the world’s first graphics-based massively multiplayer online games. Nexon also pioneered the concept of microtransactions and the free-to-play business model, setting a new standard in which play is free, and users have the option to purchase in-game items to enhance their experience. Nexon currently services nearly 100 titles in more than 190 countries. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
About Big Huge Games www.bighugegames.com
Big Huge Games specializes in mobile strategy games. The studio was founded in 2013 by 25- year game industry collaborators Brian Reynolds and Tim Train, along with several other long- time veterans, and hopes to keep the flame alive of the original Big Huge Games which ran from 2000 to 2012. We build prototypes and improve them constantly until we love playing them ourselves – we know you won’t love our game until we love it. Big Huge Games is represented by Ophir Lupu of United Talent Agency.
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