Tag: FIFA Online

Gstar2012: Wrap-up

Gstar2012 was held from the 8th to 11th of November at Bexco, Busan with 190,000 visitors. Gstar2012 was special because it is hosted by Korea Association of Game Industry instead of KOCCA(Korea Creative Contents Agency, which is a government organization. Let’s find out what achievements Gstar2012 has accomplished.

New venue for B2B
B2B area for Gstar2011 was inconvenience because it is split into several areas. With the completion of the 2nd Exhibit hall, B2B area for Gstar2012 was as good as it gets. Even though B2B schedule was shorten to 3 days from 4 days, the number of business meeting that was held during the event has been increased about 49% with the total number of 167. More than 50% of companies were from abroad as well as the number of buyers from abroad has been increased more than 100%.

190,000 visitors

Gstar2012 recorded 190,353 visitors for 4 days, which is 30% down from the last year’s record, 290,000. The reason is that the organization has changed the counting method. Gstar counted visitors one time only instead of counting them based on the visiting number.

Mobile for the win

Mobile games were very popular at Gstar2012. Many mobile game companies were presented include Com2uS and Gamevil. T-store, an open market from SK Telecom, also presented the large scale B2C booth for the first time. Nowcom and Wemade introduced a series of mobile game aggressively.

On the other hand, giants client based online game developers such as NCsoft, Webzen, Hanbitsoft, Mgame did not participate in Gstar2012. Mabinogi2: ARENA from Nexon, BLESS from Neowiz, Icarus from Wemade, Red Gems 2 from L&K Logic Korea were MMORPGs that we could find at Gstar2012. As a foreign company, Nintendo & War Gaming presented the large scale booths.

The place for Gstar2013

The contract with Busan was closed. Therefore, the organization will select the new host city for  Gstar2013 during the early next year.

 

The result of our Gstar2012 survey

We asked a series of questions to 833 visitors. The below is the result.

Most wanted B2C booth – Nexon

66.8% of people who took part in the survey said Nexon B2C booth was the best Nexon presented Warface, Pro Baseball 2K, Mabinogi2:Arena, FIFA Online 3, Counter Strike Online 2. . The 2nd and the 3rd were Blizzard with Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm and Neowiz with BLESS.

Most visited B2C booth – Nexon

Booths on the left side were took #1, 2, 3. Nexon took the 1st while Blizzard and Gamevil took the 2nd and the 3rd.

Most cool exterior – Blizzard

Blizzard booth was favored by 51.3% people as the most cool booth exterior followed by Nexon, Neowiz and War Gaming.

Most wanted Game – Mabinogi 2

Mabinogi 2 was selected as the most wanted game at Gstar2012. The 2nd was Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm.

Most satisfied game – Dungeon Striker

124 out of 139 people selected. Dungeon Striker from NHN as the most satisfied game after playing. FIFA Online 3 was the 2nd best.

Most wanted game to play again – FIFA Online 3

77.5% of people chose FIFA Online 3 as the most wanted game to play again. Starcraft2: The Heart of the Swarm was the 2nd with 70.3% chose.

Neowiz keeps discussing with EA for FIFA Online 2

The negotiation between Neowiz Games and EA for expanding FIFA Online 2 publishing contract is continuing regardless of EA announced Nexon as Korean publisher of FIFA Online 3 yesterday. A person from Neowiz Games said the communication keeps going and nothing is decided yet.

Since the contract is expired, EA and Neowiz Games expanding the contract monthly. FIFA Online 2 is the only sports game in Korea that broke 10 billion Won (US$ 8.87 million) revenue per month as a sports game.

It is up to EA now. Under the circumstance that publishers for FIFA Online 2 and 3 are different, people would like to know what decision EA will be made. The yearly FIFA Online 2 revenue is STILL up to US$88.7 million yearly.

The service of FIFA Online 2 will not be closed within a month or two because of EULA and other various issues including refunds.

[EA] FIFA Online Now Available

EA announced today that EA SPORTS FIFA Online , the first downloadable FIFA football game designed for PC , is available to football fans everywhere around the world to play for free.

Since February 3, more than 20,000 football fans across Europe have participated in the Closed Beta development and testing of FIFA Online and that number is expected to grow to hundreds of thousands of fans. Additional content will be designed for the game based on feedback by fans.

EA SPORTS FIFA Online is developed by EA Canada and EA Singapore.

Soccer Game Anyone?

kickoff

Looks like soccer games are not so popular in this seemingly soccer-crazy country. According to thisisgame.com, only FIFA Online (developed and serviced by Neowiz) is thriving in Korea.

Not-so-fortunate games include Red Card (레드카드), Extreme Soccer (익스트림 사커), Full Time (풀타임) and?recently-discontinued Kick Off – most of them were developed in the hope of riding the 2006 World Cup frenzy.

But don’t fret soccer game fans out there because AniPark who developed the popular baseball game Ma9 (마구마구) is currently developing a soccer game Cha9 (차구차구). Also, JCE is working on Freestyle Football (프리스타일 풋볼) after enjoying its success in basketball game Freestyle (프리스타일).