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.
Eun-Sang Lee, a former CEO of Eyedentity Games, is installed as CEO of NHN Hangame. He will be responsible for all of its online game, especially PC game such as online and web board games, business and will be expected to go to the office before May,
NHN also has been reorganized a structure. P HQ take care Web board games and online games, while S HQ take care smartphone games including Orangecrew. S HQ will publish more than 40 smartphone game within this year.
P HQ is consist of RPG-FPS Game division, Sports game division, Casual game division while S HQ has Smartphone game division, Internal Smartphone game division and Orangecrew.
P HQ will launch a soccer game ‘Winning Eleven Online’ and a FPS game ‘Metro Conflict’. During the first half, MORPG ‘Kritika’ will have test phases as well.
Eun-Sang Lee was responsible for overseas business division at Webzen. In 2007, he established Eyedentity Games independently and left Webzen. Their first game ‘Dragonest’ was successful in Korea, China and Taiwan.
The game has reached monthly revenue $8.7 million in China. Shanda Games, the Chinese publisher for the game, take over the company 100%. He left the company in May, 2011.
He was connected with NHN when NHN Japan published ‘Dragonest’ in Japan. NHN was a rival of Shanda Games when both tried to take over Eyedentity Games in 2010.
A movie based on Mir 2 (미르의 전설 2: Kor) will be made in China thanks to Shanda. According to a press release from WeMade, the movie is going to be a studio film with a big name director attached.
Mir 2 was developed by WeMade and serviced since 2001.
A Seoul-based developer/publisher, Actoz Soft, announced its 2Q earning report. ?The company blamed on seasonality and weak Won for the 9.4% revenue decrease between quarters but showed 72.8% increase Year Over Year. The company hoped for better results on latter half of year since its stable revenue from La Tale and Mir2 starts to roll in from the international market.
On a different note, the rumor has it that Shanda, a largest shareholder of Actoz, requested to trim down the?Lazeska development team. The game has been under development since 2002 and delayed quite a bit – four CBTs in 2006 and then nada ever since.
Another ‘screw-you-we-wanna-go-with-a-new-partner’ story at thisisgame.com. And this one doesn’t have a happy ending.
According to thisisgame, the story goes like this: WeMade chose CDC Games as a publisher of The Legend of Mir 3 (aka?傳奇3??or 미르의 전설 3 depends on where you play) but CDC Games wasn’t faithful with their loyalty payment, and the day of renewal approached so WeMade decided to go with Shanda this time. (Ironically Shanda is the one who launched the Mir2-alike game,?The World of Legend (aka 傳奇世界).)
On top of MIR3, Shanda is currently publishing blockbuster games likes of Mir2 and AION.
FYI, WeMade is planning to self-publish?Mir3 in US but not Mir2. Gamepot USA is publishing?Mir2 in US.