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Nexon buying all shares of FIFA Online developer Thingsoft

Nexon recently announced plans to acquire South Korean developer Thingsoft. The acquisition has Nexon subsidiary Neople purchasing all shares of Thingsoft, creators of FIFA Online, FIFA Online 2 and its in-development MMO, Project NT. Nexon is a free-to-play publisher that is best known for game...

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Personal information stolen from Korean MapleStory servers, US accounts unaffected

While the majority of U.S citizens were stuffing their collective face holes with various dead birds and baked goods last Thursday, 13.2 million South Koreans scrambled to protect their identities from an as-of-yet-unidentified group of hackers. According to The Korean Herald, a security breach i...

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Nexon America's pre-paid card empire

Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim tells an interesting story about how his company created one of the biggest phenomena in gaming retail lately: The pre-paid card. Nowadays, you can find rows of pre-paid cards for Nexon's microtransaction-based games like MapleStory or Vindictus lining the shelves of an...

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MapleStory dev's Vancouver studio shuttered

We're sure you've all heard of Nexon Vancouver (a.k.a. Humanature), the Canadian branch of Korean MapleStory creator, Nexon. Oh, you haven't. That's likely because it hadn't produced any games. And now it's been closed, as confirmed by Gamasutra. The studio had been working on a free-to-play MMO tit...

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Woman jailed after virtual ex slay

New developments now in the case of a murdered "digital image" that rocked the massively interactive world of computer online electronic video game MapleStory this past May. A 43-year-old Japanese woman has been arrested and jailed on suspicion of "illegally accessing a computer and manipulating el...

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GDC08: The future of MMOs

Earlier today fans of Massively Multiplayer Online Games were given a rare treat: a look into the future of the genre. Five veteran members of the gaming industry debated the finer points of MMO game creation as it exists today, and how the games of tomorrow will be bolted together. Participants i...

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Maple Story DS still coming this year, will have some multiplayer

Over the past year, we've been fed a few tiny tidbits on Maple Story DS, the ARPG take on the popular MMORPG, and despite the few details we've heard (and seen), it seems the title is still set to hit this year. In a new interview with Gamasutra, Nexon's Stephen Lee reports that the company has be...

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MapleStory holds in-game Black Friday sales

MapleStory is one of those "free" online worlds that earns its keep by charging users for in-game items (the same business model practiced by Habbo Hotel). So it's nice to hear that Nexon, the Korean company behind the MMO, is starting a tradition of offering Black Friday sales on the world's most...

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Maple Story DS lacks the only feature anyone cares about

We've been waiting so long for information about Maple Story DS that we actually kind of forgot about it (and therefore forgot we were waiting for it). But after remembering that it exists, the same question popped up in our minds that we'd had months ago: is it an MMO? After all, that's the whole p...

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Austin GDC: Live at the Minho Kim keynote

If you haven't heard of Minho Kim, I'll forgive you -- I hadn't heard of him either until the name showed up in the list of keynote presentations at the Austin Game Developers Conference. Kim is Nexon America's director of game operations, and while Nexon hasn't made a big impact in North American...

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