Nexon which has done M&A every year for last 6 years has also fully acquired Nclips, the developer of <Ever Planet>, in the last half of 2010. NCsoft, Neowiz Games, CJ Internet, and other major companies also did not stop doing so.
Overseas companies also have done it?aggressively. Chinese game publisher Shanda Games has taken over Korean developer Eyedentity Games, the developer of <Dragon Nest>. International companies like Disney, Zinga, EA, Perfect World, and Google have acquired game companies this year as well.
2. Cinderella Law
MCST and MEGF have agreed with the Cinderella Law which forces the game server to shut down at midnight in order for gamers under age 16 to protect from game addiction. As both ministries have right to restrict gamers under 16 and over 16 respectively, game industries will likely be hard to evade double regulation from them.
3. e-Sports IP Lawsuit
The first hearing over the IP of <Starcraft> has taken place on last December 10. Blizzard Entertainment has demanded MBC Plus Media US$310,000. The second hearing is held on Jaunary 28.
4. G-Star 2010
G-Star 2010 in Busan has gathered 280,000 visitors and achieved 166 business accomplishments which are the most successful performance ever.
5. Big 3 MMORPGs
Korea’s big 3 MMORPGs, do-whatever-you-want-to-do <ArcheAge>, free-targeting action <TERA>, and oriental auto-targeting action-oriented <Blade & Soul>, are taking their own lines. <TERA> is coming first among the three on January 11. <ArcheAge> has done CBT twice in 2010 and <Blade & Soul> will likely to begin testing next year.
6. Motion Controllers
The next generation motion controller PS Move and Xbox360 Kinect were released in Korea on September 15 and November 18 respectively.
7. Global Starcraft 2 League
On September 4, Global Starcraft 2 League has begun. GSL is on the air all over the world in real time.
8. Smart Phone
As smart phone and tablet PC get popular, Nexon, NHN, Wemade, YD online,
and CJ Internet have started smart phone game?development. However, the fact the voluntary restriction on the games at open market is not solved yet is slowing the market growth down. Korean games are released to the overseas markets first now.
9. Social Game Genre
There was not even a market for social game only about few years ago. But it has grown with Facebook since 2007 and is forming a huge market with US$900m now.
Noritown, a Korean social game developer, anticipated the first half of 2011 would be a important turning point in the social game market.
10. NCsoft’s Pro Baseball
NCsoft has filed their willingness of founding 9th pro baseball team in Korea to Korean Baseball Organization(KBO) on December 22. It excited not only gamers or game industry who expect it would improve the recognition of game from society, but also baseball fans and baseball industry who love to make its market bigger and rich.
The decision of KBO will be made on January 11. If NCsoft is allowed, its team will participate the minor league in 2012 first and will be promoted to major league in 2013.