NEXON Co., Ltd. (3659.TO) (“Nexon”), a worldwide leader in free-to-play
online games, today announced an agreement with Valve Corporation, a
leading entertainment software and technology company based in the
United States, to publish Dota 2 in Korea and Japan.
Dota 2, developed by Valve with legendary designer IceFrog, is the
sequel to the genre defining game that has become one of the most played
games in the world and a leading title at e-sports tournaments around
“We are very excited about working with Valve to publish Dota 2 and
build on the worldwide momentum of the highly successful franchise. We
look forward to providing players in Japan and Korea the opportunity to
experience this exciting new game,” said Min Seo, CEO of Nexon Korea
Gabe Newell, President of Valve Corporation, said, “Nexon, a company
with whom we have a long and strong relationship, was clearly the right
choice as a publisher to successfully deliver Dota 2 into the Korean and
Japanese market. Partnering with Nexon will allow us to deliver Dota 2
to a massive audience of Asian gamers via a premium service.”
In Dota 2, the primary objective is for teams to destroy their
opponents’ fortified strongholds by controlling a “Hero” character.
Powered by the updated Source engine, Dota 2 will deliver amazing high
quality graphics, advanced matchmaking and more while maintaining the
perfect game balance aspects of its predecessor. Dedicated franchise
fans can look forward to seeing the masterful work of famed Dota
developer IceFrog, who is also contributing to the development of DOTA2.
NEXON Co., Ltd. http://company.nexon.co.jp/
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 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 60 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.
Valve Corporation is a game, software developer headquartered in
Washington Bellevue since 1996. In 1998, FPS game, ‘Half-life®’ was
released and drew attention of gamers worldwide. Since the launch,
‘Half-life ®', received over 50 ‘Best PC Game of the Year’, and the year
of 1999, 2001, 2005, the bestselling game magazine worldwide, ‘PC
Gamers’, awarded the game as the “Best PC Game ever”. Valve become
recognized for its development capability by introducing ‘Counter-Strike
®', 'Half-Life 2’, ‘Team Fortress 2’, 'Portal 2'. Approximately 70
million copies of these titles were sold worldwide. Not only with its
game titles, Valve is also known as the developer of popular 3D ‘Source
®’ game engine and services its online platform ‘Steam ®' for 50 million
users worldwide. Valve is currently under development of ‘Dota 2’.
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