Friday, April 27th 2012

Japan's Nexon Attempting to Buy Out EA?

Electronic Arts (EA) had a good day at the markets, on Thursday morning, following a report in a South Korean daily which claimed that Japan's Nexon Corporation is in a bid to buy it out. This report was mirrored by Bloomberg video on Thursday morning as markets opened Stateside. EA shares are responding strongly to the rumor: the game maker’s shares have spiked $1.22, or 8.1%, to $16.23. EA has a market-cap of about US $5 billion, while Nexon's is around the equivalent of US $8.3 billion. Headquartered in Japan, Nexon is a predominantly Korean company, which specializes in development and distribution of online games.

Source: Forbes
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53 Comments on Japan's Nexon Attempting to Buy Out EA?

#1
erocker
by: punani
Nexon CEO to Nexon board members -" I hate Origin, it ruins my BF experience .. let's buy em out and delete it :cool: !"
Nope. More like, let's expand on it and add a micro transaction store to Origin to buy different weapons, armor, etc.
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#2
n-ster
MIND IS BLOWN
I cannot comprehend what I am reading

"A problem was detected and your brain has shutdown to prevent any damage"
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#3
entropy13
by: n-ster
MIND IS BLOWN
I cannot comprehend what I am reading

"A problem was detected and your brain as shutdown to prevent any damage"
lol the message announcing the shutdown has a typo. Reminds me of the ngrmadly message after a sudden shutdown of the computer (...Wandows ngrmadly?).
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#4
n-ster
Brain doesn't work well when it shuts down sry :p After a reboot the typo has been fixed :D
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#5
GenTarkin
All I can say is Vindictus is one hell of a damn good game. Didnt know nexon was such a big company.
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#6
Vulpesveritas
Given how much better Nexon's customer service has gotten lately, I see three things that may come from this.
1: More developing for PC rather than console.
2: Somewhat better customer support and focus.
3: microtranaction shops and more free to play high-end titles.
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#7
Kantastic
by: xenocide
I honestly had no idea Nexon was bigger than EA, that blows my mind...
If you think about it, EA sells games as a one-time transaction, Nexon sells in-game premiums in unlimited quantities. I know I've spent a good $300 on NX cash. Biggest. Waste. Of. Money. Ever. You'll never see me paying to play Dirt or BF or CoD though. (No, I don't obtain them via illicit channels, I simply don't play pay2play games.)
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
providing they can come up with a good free game, I wouldnt mind so much paying for some stuff in game similar to what TF2 has become.

Only problem I have with TF2 is i paid for the game...now its f2p. they should give players who bought the game 20% off a game of their choice to make up for it
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#9
n-ster
by: Kantastic
If you think about it, EA sells games as a one-time transaction, Nexon sells in-game premiums in unlimited quantities. I know I've spent a good $300 on NX cash. Biggest. Waste. Of. Money. Ever. You'll never see me paying to play Dirt or BF or CoD though. (No, I don't obtain them via illicit channels, I simply don't play pay2play games.)
Yea same here... :(
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#10
Kantastic
by: FreedomEclipse
providing they can come up with a good free game, I wouldnt mind so much paying for some stuff in game similar to what TF2 has become.

Only problem I have with TF2 is i paid for the game...now its f2p. they should give players who bought the game 20% off a game of their choice to make up for it
I got TF2 for like $2.50 or $5. 20% wouldn't get me far...
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#11
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Kantastic
I got TF2 for like $2.50 or $5. 20% wouldn't get me far...
It probably wouldnt, but its better then getting a free special hat or accessory ingame which means totally f**k all.

20% off is better then that
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#12
hellrazor
Complain all you want, but it won't get worse. It may be lateral, but it won't be worse.
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#13
Mr McC
by: AsRock
Yes same could be said about steam to when it 1st started as it was a piece of crap too. Origin is no worse than steam is except the fact that it has teething issue's which is normal for early stages.



i am surprised EA did not start it a loooong time ago to be honest, and yes i am sure to most will start now in one form or another and we will all have to see what happens at the end if we still care by then.
I'll tell you what happens at the end: if these asses think I'm going to enter my credit card details on every platform they decide to launch they are clearly overestimating my willingness to aquire their products. In any event, I don't see the financial crisis going anywhere quickly, certainly not in my vicinity, and I imagine that even if they set about launching multiple ventures of this nature, at this particular time, they will soon fold.
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#14
johnnyfiive
I hope this doesn't happen. There are so many roles that EA fufills for gamers, Nexon will just focus on MMO's. nooooooooooo
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#15
Kantastic
by: johnnyfiive
I hope this doesn't happen. There are so many roles that EA fufills for gamers, Nexon will just focus on MMO's. nooooooooooo
Game devs will just take their products to Steam, no big deal. ;)
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#16
suraswami
Instead of Aliens and Machine guns now I am going to deal with Flying dragons and Ninjas.

Great!

I saved $50.
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#17
Kantastic
by: suraswami
I saved $50.
Only if you want to suck @ every game you play. Otherwise you're going to have to buy the premium items. That is precisely why I hate Nexon. :mad:
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#18
dude12564
by: RCoon
i have respect for nexon, a little, but respect. I have none for EA...
I have VERY little for EA, none at all for nexon.
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#19
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: RCoon
i have respect for nexon, a little, but respect. I have none for EA...
ditto
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#20
n-ster
by: Kantastic
Game devs will just take their products to Steam, no big deal. ;)
Or play for like 400 extra hours to get the items :p
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#21
AddSub
After what they did to the Battlefield series, what-with CoD-ifying the whole series, removing bots, reducing sandboxiness of each succeeding title, and in general just further consolifying the games, they deserve something like this. I hope our new far east Asian overlords and future owners of all things EA do not fire too many EA folks. Just reduce their salaries close to nothing and make them churn out Maple Story clones forever, and ever, and ever, and ever....



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#22
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: AddSub
Make them churn out Maple Story clones forever, and ever, and ever, and ever....



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I lold
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#23
xenocide
by: AddSub
After what they did to the Battlefield series, what-with CoD-ifying the whole series, removing bots, reducing sandboxiness of each succeeding title, and in general just further consolifying the games, they deserve something like this.
I was unaware FPS games were supposed to be "sandbox". I personally love BF3, I wish it were on Steam, but I have had 0 issues with Origin so I can't complain. If you're the kind of person who needs an open world and bots, odds are you don't really like FPS games anyway, something like Saints Row or GTA sounds more up your alley...
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#24
Lionheart
Anything to get rid of EA or change it, I'm up for it ^_^
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#25
leonard_222003
Little programs that run in your corner so you can play a game and those runs only with internet or online happens because of piracy.
Game developers probably have discussions like "wtf should we do so we can make money after our 2 year hard work on a game and millions of dollars spent on people working for it".
You have to understand them, if no measures are taken very few people would buy games.
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