Nexon Announces Publishing Agreement with Envision Entertainment

We have entered into a publishing agreement with Nexon; they will publish our upcoming mobile strategy game. Here’s their official press release:

TOKYO – August 7, 2014 – NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO), a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Envision Entertainment GmbH (“Envision”), an independent game development studio based in Frankfurt, Germany, for worldwide publishing rights to its upcoming mobile title.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nexon will serve as the exclusive worldwide publisher for Envision’s inaugural mobile strategy title expected in 2015.  Additional terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“The Envision team has a successful track record of developing high-quality strategy games that are easy to play yet provide a very compelling experience that keeps users coming back,” said Owen Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Nexon.  “We look forward to working together on the first mobile title from this talented independent studio.”

Envision was founded in 2013 by industry veterans Dirk Ringe and Volker Wertich, with talent coming from Phenomic Game Development (later EA Phenomic).  The team has previously created critically-acclaimed titles such as SpellForce, BattleForge, Lord of Ultima, and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances.

“As a studio of veterans, we are not in the game to test the water,” said Dirk Ringe, co-founder and CEO of Envision. “We want to make a splash with our next project, and Nexon is the perfect match for that.  They have excellent personnel, a deep understanding of free-to-play, and broad international reach.”

About NEXON Co., Ltd.

NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) is a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games. Founded in Korea in 1994, Nexon developed one of the world’s first graphics-based massively multiplayer online games. Nexon also pioneered the concept of microtransactions and the free-to-play business model, setting a new standard in which play is free, and users have the option to purchase in-game items to enhance their experience. Nexon currently services nearly 60 online games in more than 100 countries and since its founding, Nexon has generated more than 1.4 billion player registrations. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

About Envision Entertainment GmbH

Envision Entertainment is world class games development studio near Frankfurt, Germany, led by veterans with proven expertise in Free-to-Play online games. Envision Entertainment may be seen as the rebirth of Phenomic Game Development (later: EA Phenomic) since the 25-strong workforce consists mainly of ex-Phenomic employees. The team members are responsible for critically acclaimed games like SpellForce, BattleForge, Lord of Ultima and C&C: Tiberium Alliances.

Envision develops on mobile, browser, PC and console platforms. The lead platform is the tablet, as tablets offer a unique balance between an intuitive and lean control scheme, touch input and screen real estate to lend themselves perfectly to mid-core strategy games. In Envision games the fun arises from deep yet easily graspable rules that enable a series of interesting choices. Strong meta gameplay enhances the short-term fun and offers a scope for the player, an enticing perspective of development and growth. Envision games are built to last for years; they are places that gamers return to frequently to find new challenges and meet like-minded people.

Envision Entertainment is represented by Ophir Lupu of United Talent Agency.