TOKYO & MOSCOW--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO), a worldwide leader in free-to-play online games, today announced that Nexon Korea Corporation (CEO: Min Seo) has partnered with Syncopate (CEO: Ilya Verigin), a leading publisher in the rapidly expanding Russian-speaking online games market, to bring the highly successful online first-person shooter (“FPS”) game Combat Arms to Russia.
Introduced in 2008, Combat Arms is a FPS game where players work to complete missions and advance their characters through teamwork with other online players, precise marksmanship and stealth. Hugely successful across the globe, Combat Arms has achieved 28,000 and 26,000 concurrent users in Europe and North America, respectively.
“We are excited to partner with Syncopate to bring Combat Arms to the rapidly growing online game market in Russia,” said Min Seo, CEO of Nexon Korea Corporation. “Nexon’s proven development expertise, coupled with Syncopate’s deep understanding of local tastes, make this the ideal partnership. We are confident that Combat Arms will quickly become the leading FPS title in the region.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Nexon to bring Combat Arms to Russian audiences,” said Ilya Verigin, co-founder and CEO of Syncopate. “This partnership leverages the skills of both companies, offering Russian players a customized entertainment experience on one of the world’s leading FPS titles.”
The companies expect to beta test Combat Arms in the second half of 2012 and to begin servicing the game shortly thereafter.
About NEXON Co., Ltd. http://company.nexon.com/
NEXON Co., Ltd. (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 in 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 more than 50 online games in more than 100 countries and since its founding, NEXON has generated more than 1.3 billion player registrations. The Company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and its shares are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Syncopate is an online game publisher headquartered in Moscow offering a full scale cycle of online games publishing and operation in Russia and other Russian speaking markets. Syncopate was founded in 2009 by ambitious entrepreneurs who share a new, far-reaching vision and aggressive plans for further expansion that will take Russian online gaming and entertainment to the next level. Syncopate provides deep focus on marketing and user acquisition for international partners that wish to enter Russia and other Russian speaking markets. Syncopate is an exclusive Russian operator of internationally acclaimed hits including Combat Arms by NEXON Co., Ltd. (3659.TO), Magic World 2 by Shanda Games Limited (Nasdaq: GAME), Blood Rites by KongZhong (NASDAQ:KONG), Golden Land by Giant Interactive Group Inc. (NYSE: GA), Rage of Titans by Ningbo SG-TY, War Inc. Battlezone by Online Warmongers Group, and Aika Online by HanbitSoft.