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That was quick: California-based Cie Games has decided to shut down Cie Games Japan, its Tokyo-based subsidiary, after about a year (the office over here was established on April 1, 2011).
In fact, Gamebusiness.jp is reporting that the company was silently closed down on March 31. Cie Games Japan stopped offering the localized version of Car Town, a racing game, on Mobage on March 7.
I saw the game being advertised during the Tokyo Game Show with its own booth last year, but apparently that didn’t help. What’s interesting is that on Facebook, Car Town still sees 6.2 million MAU.
Cie Games joins a long list of foreign social and mobile game makers that are either struggling in Japan or simply got destroyed in this market.
About Serkan Toto I am the CEO & Founder of Kantan Games, Inc., a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy focused on the Japanese market.
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