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Nexon Co., Ltd.
Native name
Traded as TYO: 3659
Industry Video games
Founded 1994
Seoul, South Korea
Founders Kim Jung Ju and Jake Song
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Owen Mahoney(CEO)[4]
Shiro Uemura (CFO)[5]
Ji Won Park (COO)
Revenue ¥234.929billion (2017)[6]
¥90.504billion (2017)[6]
¥56.750billion (2017)[6]
Number of employees
5,768 (Dec. 2017)
Subsidiaries Nexon Korea Corporation.
Nexon America Inc.
Nexon Taiwan Ltd.
Nexon Networks Corporation
Nexon Communications Co., Ltd.
NDOORS Corporation
Lexian Software Development (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Rushmo Co., Ltd.
NEXON GT Co., Ltd.
gloops, Inc.
gloops Vietnam Co.,Ltd.
Nexon Space Co., Ltd.
Nexon OC Studio
Boolean Games
Rushmo America, Inc.[7]
Big Huge GamesInc.
N Media Platform Co., LTD.
NSC Corporation
Nexon US Holding Inc.
Nexon Thailand Co., Ltd.
Pixelberry Studios
JoongAng Pangyo Development Co., Ltd.

Nexon Co., Ltd. (Hangul넥슨; RRNekseun) is a global video game company that specializes in online games for PC and mobile. It services over 80 titles in over 190 countries.[8] Nexon was founded in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 by Kim Jung Ju and Jake Song. In 2005, the company moved its headquarters from Seoul, South Korea to Tokyo, Japan.


Nexon Group was established in Korea on December 1994 and is currently based in Japan. It also has offices located in Korea, the United States, Taiwan and Thailand.[8] Nexon developed and published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996, which the company continues to service.[9] Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy;[10] some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive.[11] In 2003, Wizet developed MapleStory in Korea, which later became one of their most successful titles and has been serviced for more than a decade.[12][13] The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam.[14] Nexon is also the developer of Dungeon&Fighter, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Neople.[15][16] Dungeon&Fighter is one of the most popular free-to-play online PC games in China.[16][17]

Nexon went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on December 14, 2011 in an initial public offering, the largest in Japan for 2011 and the second largest by a technological company for 2011 worldwide.[18]

On March 9, 2016, Nexon acquired Big Huge Games, a mobile game developer in Maryland.[19]

Nexon currently has the following subsidiaries: Nexon Korea, Nexon America Inc., Nexon Taiwan Ltd., Nexon Networks, NEXON M Inc., Nexon Communications, NEOPLE, NDOORS, Lexian, Rushmo, Rushmo America, NEXON GT, gloops, gloops Vietnam, Nexon Space, THINGSOFT, Boolean Games, Big Huge Games, Nexon US Holding, and Nexon Thailand (former iDCC).[7][20]


Nexon America games

Game Launched Genre Developer Status Official Website
MapleStory May 11, 2005 (North America) Fantasy MMORPG Wizet Live
Mabinogi March 27, 2002[21] Fantasy MMORPG devCAT Live
Vindictus October 27, 2010 (North America)[22] Action MMORPG devCAT Live

List of PC games

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America Nexon Europe Nexon Thailand
Asgard Yes Closed No No No
Atlantica Online Closed
(now serviced under Valofe)
(now serviced under Valofe)
(now serviced under Valofe)
(now serviced under Valofe)
Chaos Online Yes No No No No
2015 (Korea)
Yes[23] No No No No
Combat Arms Closed No Closed Closed (now serviced under Valofe) No
Counter-Strike Online Yes Yes No CS Nexon: Zombies via the Steam platform[24] No
Counter-Strike Online 2 Closed Closed No No No
Crazy Arcade BnB
2001 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
Crazyracing Kartrider
2004 (Korea)
Yes Closed Closed No No
Crazy Shooting Bubble Fighter
2008 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Cyphers Online Yes No No No No
Dekaron[25] Closed (now serviced under UbiFun) No No Closed (now serviced under Papaya Play No
Dirty Bomb
2015 (North America)
No No No (now serviced under WarChest) No No
Dungeon Fighter Online
2005 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed (now serviced under Neople) No No
Elancia Yes Closed No No No
2007 (Korea)
Yes Yes No (now serviced under KOG Games) No Licensed to PLAYPARK
Epic of the Three Kingdoms Closed
(now serviced under Valofe)[26]
Closed No No No
Eve Online No Closed No No No
2009 (Korea)
Closed Closed No No No
FIFA Online 3
2012 (Korea)
Yes No No No Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
FIFA Online 4
2017 (Korea)
Beta No No No No
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online Closed Closed Closed Closed No
Legend of Darkness
1999 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
LOST SAGA Yes No No Closed[27] Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
Luminary: Rise of the GoonZu No Closed (now serviced under Valofe) No No No
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Closed No
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Merged with Global version Yes
MapleStory 2
2015 (Korea)
Yes No No No No
Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds
1996 (Korea)
Yes Closed No No No
QuizQuiz Closed Closed No No No
Shaiya Online Closed No No[28] No[28] No
Sudden Attack
2004 (Korea)
Yes Yes Closed No No
Sudden Attack 2
2016 (Korea)
Closed No No No No
Tales Runner Yes[29] No No No Licensed to PLAYPARK
2003 (Korea)
Yes Yes No No No
Tree of Savior
2015 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes
(via the Steam platform)
(via the Steam platform)
Known in Asia as Mabinogi: Heroes
2010 (Korea)
Yes Yes Yes Merged with Global version Licensed to Garena Online (Thailand)
War Rock Closed (now serviced under DreamExecution) No No Closed (now serviced under Papaya Play) No

List of Mobile games

Game Name Nexon Korea Nexon Japan Nexon America Nexon Europe Nexon Thailand
After the End: Forsaken Destiny Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Arena Masters: Legend Begins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Battlejack: Blackjack RPG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DomiNations Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evil Factory Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fantasy War Tactics R Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HIT: Heroes of Incredible Tales Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Legion of Heroes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lode Runner 1 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mabinogi Duel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ring Toss & World Tour Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Titanfall: Assault Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Titanfall: Frontline Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled Cancelled

Game Pipeline (In-house and through publishing agreements)

2015 and beyond

See also


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External links

  • (in Japanese)/(in English) Nexon Corporation website
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