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Tokyo-Based Gaming Company Silicon Studio To Go IPO In February

Tokyo-based Silicon Studio has quietly filed an application for an IPO and today announced it got accepted by the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Silicon Studio is planning to get listed on February 23. If everything goes according to plan, it will be the first IPO of a gaming company in Japan this year. Mizuho Shouken is the…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Jan. 15)

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

Colopl Releases Oculus Rift Version Of Mobile Hit “White Cat Project” (Shironeko VR Project)

The Oculus Rift boasts a rabid fan base in Japan, with many users over here setting up communities, organizing events all over the country, and, of course, developing applications for the VR system. Quite surprisingly, Colopl (3668), one of Japan’s biggest mobile game makers (US$3 billion market cap), is one of these developers. The company just released Shironeko…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Dec. 19)

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

Mobile Game Company gumi Goes Public At Tokyo Stock Exchange

Major Tokyo-based mobile game maker gumi (official website) went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today, under ticker 3903. As a quick run down of the company’s history, gumi was established in 2007, just about when the mobile game industry in Japan started taking off. After providing games for feature phones on platforms like Mixi (2121) or Mobage from DeNA (2432),…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Dec. 11)

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

“Dive In” Video: Hands On With Final Fantasy VII Streamed On An iPad

Square Enix has started rolling out “Dive In”, a cloud gaming service, in Japan on December 3, 2014. The company is offering Final Fantasy VII International, Final Fantasy VIII and adventure game Season of Mystery as the initial batch of titles (with more games to follow in the next few days). Dive In requires: a fast…

GungHo Apparently To Bring Puzzle & Dragons To China, Stock Pops 18%

Japan’s top smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons is finally going to China, according to press reports circulating in Japan today. Maker GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) did confirm today there will be a special press event on December 10 that centers on the company’s international plans. Bloomberg Japan is citing a source that says during the event, GungHo will lay out its…