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LINE Partners With Game Company gumi, Announces US$100 Million Fund For Mobile Games

Big shake-up in Japan’s gaming industry today: LINE Corp., the company behind Japan’s biggest messenger app LINE, has reached a basic agreement to form a business and capital partnership with top mobile game maker gumi, TechCrunch Japan is reporting. gumi subsidiary Alim has produced Brave Frontier (iOS, Android), a mobile RPG that has not only become…

For Farm Heroes Saga: King Launches Another TV Ad Campaign In Japan

King is continuing to take Japan seriously, it seems. The company started running an advertising campaign on Japanese TV for Candy Crush in December 2013, before setting up King Japan in Tokyo and launching a second TV ad campaign for the same game earlier this year. The simple reason: Japan is still the only country in the…

Report: Japan’s Console Game Market Down 15.7% In 2013, Mobile Games Bigger

Japan’s Computer Entertainment Supplier’s Association (CESA) published the s0-called 2014 CESA Games White Paper, which includes a number of interesting statistics on the status quo of this country’s gaming industry in 2013. In a nutshell, the Japanese market for consoles is getting smaller, while the mobile gaming market is getting bigger. And not only that. No surprises here:…

Monster Strike Becomes Japan’s Top Mobile Game, Makes Mixi A US$4 Billion Company

The Monster Strike hype in Japan has no limit, it seems. The action RPG has made Mixi (2121) a US$4 billion company at the Tokyo stock exchange today (US$4.2 billion at 2.30pm Japanese time, to be more exact) – after the share price has risen and risen over the last few days and weeks. So what happened?…

Shiro Neko Project: Colopl Releases Its Next Big Game

Colopl (3668), which I last year called the biggest Japanese mobile game maker you never heard of, has released its next big game on iOS today. The company, which is currently boasting a US$4 billion market cap, has very high hopes in the title. Colopl has also produced mega hit Quiz RPG. On Android, the new game, a 3D…

Mixi’s Monster Strike Passes 10 Million Downloads

Mixi (2121) today announced that its action RPG “Monster Strike” has passed the 10 million downloads mark on iOS and Android on July 19. The number includes users from Japan and Taiwan: in February, Mixi closed a deal with Tencent to distribute Monster Strike in China, but the game is still only available in two markets. Monster Strike was launched in Japan…

Puzzle & Dragons Hits 29 Million Downloads, GungHo Delays Update Puzzle & Dragons W

Japan’s top smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons hit 29 million downloads, maker GungHo Online Entertainment (3765) announced today. The number was reached inside Japan only (on iOS, Android, and Amazon Kindle). What’s interesting to note here is that the growth rate, the time it takes Puzzle & Dragons to add one million users, is slowing down. A total of…

Announcement: My Company “Kantan Games, Inc.” Is Official

If you have accessed this site over the past few weeks, you may have noticed this banner popping up quite prominently: The banner links to the site of my consultancy, “Kantan Games, Inc.” (in English and Japanese). “Kantan” is Japanese for “simple” or “light”. I actually formalized and incorporated this business last year but now…