Author Archives: Serkan Toto

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Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 1)

Here is an updated calendar of major native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that games can be modified, canceled, or released by these companies at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as sometimes games get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change….

Rovio Japan Gets New Country Director

Rovio Japan, based out of Tokyo’s Shibuya ward, is getting a new country director on September 1. Katsumi Oikawa (pictured below) will take over the lead from Antti Sonninen who has been with Rovio proper since 2011 and officially started heading Rovio’s Japan operations in 2012. Sonninen has not formally announced his next move yet. Oikawa is…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Aug. 25)

Here is an updated calendar of major native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that games can be modified, canceled, or released by these companies at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as sometimes games get released without being announced, for example. Details are subject to change. Please…

Colopl’s Quiz RPG Reaches 29 Million Downloads, White Cat Project At 7 Million

Colopl (3668) had a good day yesterday.  The company first said that its flagship game “Quiz RPG: World Of Mystic Wiz” racked up 29 million downloads. This number puts the app in the same ball park as Japan’s top smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons from GungHo Online Entertainment (3765). Puzzle & Dragons now boasts 30 million downloads in Japan. Quiz RPG reached: 26 million downloads…

GungHo Sells Stake In Supercell To Parent Company SoftBank For US$344 Million

GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) had a busy day today in Japan. Apart from setting up a new Singapore subsidiary, the Puzzle & Dragons company also sold GGF B.V., a wholly owned holding company based in the Netherlands, to its parent company SoftBank (9984). GGF B.V. was specifically established last year in March to acquire 51% of Supercell together with SoftBank…

GungHo Sets Up Singapore Subsidiary, Readies US$289 Million To Invest In Asian Game Makers

Puzzle & Dragons company GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) today announced it plans to launch a subsidiary in Singapore next month. Named “GungHo Online Entertainment Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.” (GAP), the idea is to invest in promising gaming businesses (games and related fields) in “emerging markets” in Asia and China. The subsidiary will be led by Kazuya Sakai who is…

Puzzle & Dragons Hits 30 Million Downloads In Japan

Japan’s top smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons has finally reached the 30 million download mark in Japan, maker GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) said today. Puzzle & Dragons was released on the Japanese App Store on February 20, 2012. Versions for Android and Amazon Kindle were added later. GungHo decided to “re-launch” the Japanese version of Puzzle & Dragons on July 29…

LINE Revenant Gate: LINE Is Finally Rolling Out Its 3D Action RPG

As I mentioned earlier, the LINE Games platform has been very much overrated since its launch in 2012. One of the main reasons is that most of the titles are extremely casual, and most belong to one genre: puzzle games. There has been an inflation of these “light” games (some of which were, of course, fun…