This isn’t directly related to social games but should be worth mentioning: video game company SEGA has announced the launch of SEGA Networks, a new subsidiary that will develop games specifically for smartphones and tablets.
Sega Networks will be headed by SEGA CEO Haruki Satomi who used to be the VP of Digital Business at Sega of America. The wholly owned subsidiary started operations yesterday and employs 211 people.
Sega Networks plans to roll out “Derby Owner’s Club”, a mobile version of Sega’s horse racing simulation franchise, as the first title (by the end of this month).
Expect more Japanese video game makers to boost their digital business in the next few months.