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Yahoo Japan Starts Mobile Game Publishing Business

Yahoo Japan (4689), the country’s biggest online company, is entering the smartphone game publishing business. The news started making the rounds over here after this recruitment page went online, where the company is looking for game producers, designers, planners, and a whole range of other professionals. Established in 1996, Yahoo Japan currently boasts a market…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 23)

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…

I Will Speak At The #GOInnovate 2014 Event In Malaysia Next Month

Malaysian media conglomerate Astro is organizing the inaugural #GoInnovate event in Cyberjaya (near the capital Kuala Lumpur) next month, and I was given the chance to hold a presentation about mobile gaming during the conference. The event consists of three parts: Hackathon Mobile Games Conference (where I will speak) Mobile Games Showcase (The Mobile Games Conference is free to…

Mixi Plans To Release Monster Strike In The US In October

Monster Strike, the mega hit game from Mixi (2121), is finally scheduled to get more international versions. Outside Japan, the app is only available in Taiwan so far. As Mixi’s distribution partner in China, Tencent has opened a Chinese Monster Strike site in late July but hasn’t officially started rolling out the game in that country. Now Mixi has announced…

Wooga Enters Japan, Appoints Former LINE Exec Jun Otsuka As Country Manager

Supercell, King, Game Insight, Gameloft, Social Quantum, Goodgame, Tencent, Machine Zone, WeMade, Kabam etc. etc.: the list of foreign game makers active in the lucrative Japanese mobile gaming market has sure grown longer and longer over the last months and years. Berlin-based Wooga is next: the company now made it official that it just entered Japan…

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

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 games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change….

Colopl’s White Cat Project, Japan’s Fastest Growing Smartphone Game, Hits 12 Million Downloads

It’s been known for a while now that Colopl (3668) added another hit to its already impressive app portfolio this summer. The game in question is called White Cat Project (Shiro Neko Project), an action RPG that is Japan-only at this point and available F2P on Android since July 14 and  iOS since July 25. It already counts a whopping 12…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 9)

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 games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change….