Blueside will file a civil action against Eyedentity Games
Blueside announced that they regret that the result of prosecution’s investigation on the technology leakage issue has been ended up with not guilty. Previously, Blueside insists that their technology has been leaked to Shanda from Eyedentity Games. The police was under the investigation during the last couple of months that Eyedentity Games developed Dragonnest by using leaked technology from Blueside.
Blueside said that the investigation was focused on whether the program source is a business secret or not, which is separated from infringement of copyright issue. Because the police agreed that 2 former developers from Blueside developed Dragonnest by using Blueside’s game engine, they will file a civil action against Eyedentity Games soon.
Eyedentity Games also made an announcement against the statement from Blueside that if Blueside file an action, they will react legally as well and Dragonnest will not stop its service.
Nexon has to pay a fine regarding its acquisition of Gamania shares.
Fair Trade Commission (FTC) held that Nexon must pay 900,000 Taiwan dollars as a fine for acquiring Gamania’s share illegally. In addition, Nexon needs to sell shares of Gamania or follow report procedure. If Nexon won’t, 50 million Taiwan dollars of additional fine could be addressed.
Currently Nexon is the major shareholder of Gamania with 34.6% of shares. According to laws of Taiwan, if one has more than the one third of the total capital or shares, it could be considered as a merger. If one being acquired is occupying the one fourth of a market, the company who acquires must report it to Taiwan government.
Gamania has been a partner of Nexon since 2005 and published Nexon’s online games such as Maple Story, Kartrider, Vindictus for Taiwan.
Nexon announced the statement regarding FTC’s decision like below on the 4th of July.
July 4 2012
Nexon today has been informed of the decision made by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), which has ruled that Nexon was subject to merger filing pursuant to the Fair Trade Act regarding its acquisition of Gamania shares. It is regretful to learn that the FTC and Nexon have had different viewpoints on the definition of the relevant gamemarkets and the market shares of the respective companies therein. As the issues on the market definition and market share are quite controversial among industries, Nexon will re-consider and verify the facts, data or evidences on which the FTC formed its decision andmay seek any remedy.
Nexon has always maintained a long-term commitment to the growth of the Taiwanese digital game market ever since Nexon and Gamania’s partnership began in 2005. As the major shareholder of Gamania, Nexon highly values the relationship and continues to holda strong and positive business outlook for Gamania and the Taiwanese digital game market. We believe we have delivered some of the top games in the Taiwanese market to this day and will continue to strive to bring such innovative content to local gamers andthereby support the further development of the digital game industry in Taiwan.
The Industrial technology leakages investigation team from local police investigated 2 developers of Eyedentity Games who previously worked for Blueside, a creater of Kingdom under fire series from November, 2011. They suffered discredit for developing Dragonnest by using Fametech game engine from Blueside.
Blueside insists that their technology has been leaked to Shanda, a major Chinese publisher, because their former employees developed Dragonnest by using their game engine technology. Eyedentity Games, a developer of Dragonnest, has been acquired by Shanda.
Police has found that 2 former Blueside developers used a part of programming codes from N3, a Xbox360 title, during the beginning stage of developing Dragonnest However, the prosecution decided they are not guilty as well as Eyedentify Games and admitted only the one of developers is responsible partially.
According to the prosecution, the developer kept a part of N3 materials at his home for working at home in 2006. He did not discard data after moving to Eyedentity Games. The prosecution imposed fines on him.
Blueside has sent an official document to Nexon, a Korean publisher of Dragonnest, to stop the service. However, Nexon will not stop the service because of the decision from the prosecution.
Blade&Soul started the commercial service from the 30th of June. Monthly fee is 23,000 Won ($20.11) for 30 days, 69,000 Won for 90 days. ($60.33)
NCSoft did not update contents for its commercial launching. During July, NCSoft will introduce Su-wol plain, which was introduced during the 3rd CBT, and expand the maximum level up to 45.
In Su-wol plain, there is a town for Young-rin tribe, Half-moon Lake, Fog forest as well as more than 6 dungeons include The sea snake supply base that was presented during the 3rd CBT as well.
Blade&Soul took the 3rd spot for Korean PC-Bang ranking after the commercial service started with 13.97% PC Bang occupation rate. Diablo3 is 17.31% for #1 while League of Legends is 15.35%.for the 2nd spot.