LOS ANGELES – FEB. 18, 2021 – Netmarble US,Inc.,(“Netmarble US”) the Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Netmarble Corp., a top global mobile game company, announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in the Los Angeles-based game developer Kung Fu Factory. As a result of the majority stake acquisition, the developer will officially become a subsidiary of Netmarble US.
Best known for their work on popular mobile titles like WWE: Champions, Kung Fu Factory is working closely with Netmarble US, along with the NBA and NBPA, on the production of NBA Ball Stars, the first publishing project of Netmarble US. Kung Fu Factory will also be responsible for the ongoing development of this new title, along with other future titles specifically published by Netmarble US.
“Kung Fu Factory has been a tremendous partner in the production of NBA Ball Stars and has been incredibly in sync with our vision for our first publishing project,” said Simon Sim, President of Netmarble US. “We’re thrilled to have a developer with such an impressive portfolio of work become part of the Netmarble US family, and we look forward to building our relationship as we continue to expand our publishing capabilities in the West.”
Since 2012, Netmarble US has serviced and supported the innovative mobile games like Lineage 2: Revolution and The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross as it simultaneously pursued expansion through its own game publishing. Today’s investment into Kung Fu Factory is another step towards the company’s ongoing efforts as it continues to look for investment and acquisition opportunities that align with such business strategy of Netmarble US.
“Kung Fu Factory is delighted to officially be a part of the Netmarble US family, as their pedigree and success of supporting mainstream mobile gaming experiences enjoyed by millions of players speak for themselves,” said Ricci Rukavina, Founder/CEO of Kung Fu Factory. “We are eager to blow out the launch of NBA Ball Stars in a big way, and are looking forward to creating an amazing future with Netmarble US.”
Netmarble has previously announced that NBA Ball Stars will be released in the first quarter of this year through its fourth quarter and year-end financial results for 2020. More details on the majority stake acquisition, and information on Kung Fu Factory’s upcoming projects with Netmarble US, will be revealed at a later date. Please follow Netmarble US’s official LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages for more information.
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About Netmarble Corporation
Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble Corporation is a top developer and publisher pushing the boundaries of the mobile gaming experience with highly innovative games including Lineage 2: Revolution, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, Blade&Soul Revolution and MARVEL Future Fight. As a parent company of Kabam, and a major shareholder of Jam City and Big Hit Entertainment, Netmarble strives to entertain audiences around the world with a variety of mobile games based on its powerful franchises and collaborations with IP holders worldwide. More information can be found at http://company.netmarble.com
About Netmarble US
Netmarble US, Inc. is a subsidiary of Netmarble Corp. established in 2012 as part of the company’s commitment to Western expansion. Netmarble US, Inc. has extended the global audience for Netmarble’s innovative mobile games including MARVEL Future Fight, Lineage 2: Revolution, The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, and BTS WORLD by bringing these titles to players across North America, Europe and Latin America. Netmarble US, Inc. strives to entertain audiences around the world with a variety of games based on its powerful franchises, collaborations with IP holders worldwide, and new and future relationships with start-up and independent Western developers. More information can be found on the official website.
About Kung Fu Factory
Kung Fu Factory is a Los Angeles based game developer / publisher, created by childhood friends, Daryl Pitts and Ricci Rukavina. With over 80 Million downloads of its titles, the collective talent at Kung Fu Factory has created top grossing titles such as WWE: Champions, Adventure Time: Card Wars, Spongebob Moves in and the upcoming NBA Ball Stars. More information can be found on the official website.