Tag Archive: LINE

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 1)

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

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Aug. 25)

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

LINE Revenant Gate: LINE Is Finally Rolling Out Its 3D Action RPG

As I mentioned earlier, the LINE Games platform has been very much overrated since its launch in 2012. One of the main reasons is that most of the titles are extremely casual, and most belong to one genre: puzzle games. There has been an inflation of these “light” games (some of which were, of course, fun…

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

Here is a calendar of major releases listed Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months: the idea is to track what might be the next big hit in the industry from selected makers. Please note that for various reasons, I focus on native apps currently in production by publicly traded companies. Also note that games can be…

For Monster Strike And Line Pop: Mixi And LINE Start Marketing Collaboration

Monster Strike, the mobile action RPG that made Mixi (2121) a US$4 billion company late last month, continues to make headlines. Last week, during its earnings call, Mixi said that Monster Strike has generated about US$1 million per day in the April-June quarter. This number has grown to roughly US$2 million in July - and the game is still available…

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…

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…

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…