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Another IPO In Mobile Gaming In Japan: Tokyo-Based Mynet To Go Public Next Month

While Japan does barely produce any new smartphone game developers nowadays, the number of those going public continues to rise. The latest such company to get listed at the Tokyo Stock Exchange (at the Mothers market for high-growth and emerging stocks, to be more exact) is Mynet, a developer headquartered in Tokyo. While Mynet does have an office…

Video And Slides From My Presentation At Casual Connect 2015 In San Francisco

The Casual Games Association gave me the opportunity to speak at its Casual Connect 2015 event, one of the biggest of its kind worldwide, in San Francisco about the topic “Cracking Japan: How Foreign Developers Can Enter The World’s Most Lucrative Mobile Games Market”. Please find embedded below the entire presentation in the form of a YouTube video: The…

The Nintendo Shock: Which Predictions I Made Came True – And What’s Next?

It’s been five days since Nintendo (7974) surprised the world with further details on its smartphone plans. The news made the rounds on October 29 and shares of both Nintendo and partner DeNA (2432) have been falling in recent days, but the dust is slowly beginning to settle now. This is a good opportunity to have a quick…

I Will Speak At “Insert Coin” In Tokyo Next Week

Next week Wednesday, the 14th “Insert Coin” is scheduled to take place in Tokyo, an event series aimed at professionals working in the Japanese game industry. The topic this time is a post mortem of this year’s Tokyo Game Show – or in other words, a (bilingual) discussion on the status quo of the Japanese video and mobile gaming…

Why Pokemon GO Is Big News For Nintendo

Nintendo (7974) gave a loud answer today to many people in the investor community and elsewhere who were skeptical about the company’s plans to enter the mobile market. I will not go into details of the announcement of Pokemon GO, as a lot of English-language websites already covered the news (see Venturebeat’s summary of the announcement…

Japanese iOS App News Site AppBank Goes IPO

An app news site that gets listed? Japan is probably the only market in the world where this is possible, and it’s scheduled to happen on October 15. The country’s biggest such site AppBank was rumored to be an IPO candidate for quite a while now, and the eponymous startup behind it made the news public today. Established…

Why Apple Banned Mixi’s Monster Strike, Or: What Are Serial Codes?

Mixi (2121) still hasn’t given an official reason why Apple pulled its mega hit Monster Strike from the Japanese App Store over the weekend (they are not obliged to), but the answer seems to be relatively simple. As I mentioned on Saturday (the day the app went offline), the official Monster Strike page was updated with a curt explanation according…

Apple Removes Mixi’s Monster Strike From Japanese App Store (Update: It’s Back)

Update: The app returned early Sunday morning Japanese time. Monster Strike, the current top mobile game in Japan in terms of sales, has disappeared from the Japanese App Store today (Saturday Japan time). It wasn’t operator Mixi (2121) that pulled the app, but it seems that Apple just “erased” it without a prior warning. At the time of…