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LINE Ties Up With Salesforce To Provide Targeted Ads To Users

According to a report just published in the Nikkei Keizai Shimbun Online, LINE Corp. is planning to combine user data with a cloud CRM solution from Salesforce.com to deliver targeted ads to the users of its messenger app. The new ad service is exclusively aimed at companies that are operating official accounts on the platform. There are…

Colopl’s Quiz RPG Reaches 26 Million Downloads, Comes Close To Puzzle & Dragons

Tokyo-based mobile gaming behemoth Colopl (3668) today announced its flagship app “Quiz RPG: World Of Mystic Wiz” racked up 26 million downloads within Japan. The new milestone was reached on May 31. Quiz RPG stood at 17 million users at the beginning of this year. It seems to be just a matter of time until Quiz RPG will actually be the biggest game…

The Monster Strike Effect: Mixi’s Market Cap Is Now Higher Than That Of DeNA

A lot has been written and said about how hit-driven the mobile game business has become over the last few years, but if the industry needed another bit of evidence, here it is: the market cap of Mixi (2121), Japan’s once biggest social network, has eclipsed that of Mobage operator DeNA (2432) today. As I…

Japan’s Tablet Market Continues To Grow, Apple Loses Market Share

Tokyo-based MM Research Institute released an overview on the Japanese market for tablets yesterday. According to the report, a total of 7.48 million units were shipped domestically in fiscal 2013 (April 2013-March 2014), which is up 30.5% year-on-year. This number is slightly above the projection MM Research released last May. MM Research has raised estimates for…

Lost Land Tactics: A First Look At GREE’s New Real-Time Guild Battle Game

Right after announcing a new studio, GREE (3632) proper announced a new title for the Japanese market today, “Lost Land Tactics”. In the strategy sim, players join guilds and battle each other in quests and s0-called “raid battles”. GREE says that the main selling point of the game is the so-called “Live Online Strategy Turn Battle”…

King Opens Office In Japan, Intensifies Marketing Efforts For Candy Crush

Candy Crush maker King has been testing the waters for a while but now decided it is worth entering Japan’s mobile gaming market with an own office. The company has set up “King Japan” in Tokyo to take care of the local user base. It’s the 10th King office, next to presences in San Francisco,…

Wright Flyer Studios: GREE Sets Up New Studio, Teases Two Games

GREE (3632) yesterday announced the launch of a new studio called “Wright Flyer Studios”, a separate company that was incorporated in Tokyo in February . (Wright Flyer is the name of the world’s first powered aircraft.) The studio is headed by GREE executive Eiji Araki, a member of the core team during GREE’s move to…

Report: Japan’s Smartphone Game Market Worth US$5.4 Billion In 2013, Accounts For Half Of All Games

CyberZ, a subsidiary of Toky0-based Internet conglomerate CyberAgent (4751), released a report on the size of the Japanese market for smartphone games today. According to the report, the domestic market was worth 546.8 billion yen (US$5.4 billion) in 2013, up from roughly US$3 billion in 2012. What’s interesting is that this industry now reached roughly…