NCsoft invests $5 million in Canadian mobile studio

    
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Is NCsoft scaling back its western MMO operations to focus on mobile development? That’s the takeaway from reports at VentureBeat and Gamasutra concerning the firm’s $5 million investment in Canadian mobile maker This Game Studio.

“This is part of our desire to work with some of the best mobile game developers in the world,” said NCsoft senior VP Michael Chang. “You will see us become more active on investments and acquisitions in the West. This is our first exposure to the Canadian game development community.”

[Via: Gamasutra; Source: VentureBeat]
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PizzaDoh
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PizzaDoh

…Pretty sure there’s a South Park episode about Canadians and mobile gaming.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

A Dad Supreme 
I don’t have a problem with people calling out the blatant scamming (“minimal fun unless you pay continuously”) of a certain class of games — my problem is that there are a number of folks who like to falsely equate any free game with an optional cash shop with the same scam — even when the latter type of game is fun without the paid items, and the paid items are entirely optional and cosmetic.

Essentially, certain folks equate any free game which needs to make money somehow with an intentional scam, and I’m not convinced the equivalence holds in every case.

In the end though, the power remains with the individual gamer — don’t play games you don’t like, and buyer beware.

My opinions, anyway,

Cheers,

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Yangers 
I agree that they could make solid money with some good mobile games, but I do wonder if they’ll make as much as they expect to make, or need to make.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I don’t believe that mobile games will ever go away (nor should they — they have a market), but these companies who seem to regard mobile gaming as the path to endless riches? I just don’t see that as a sustainable truth.

I feels like I can see the car crash coming before it even happens.

Bonnenuit
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Bonnenuit

DPandaren Rohirrim Ekphrasis You had me up until the point you said “baller.”  :)
But… I can’t NOT check into a game reccomendation, so of to YouTube I go…

blackcatcrosses
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blackcatcrosses

Good. That makes sure that they won’t get anymore of my money. Fuck NCSoft.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

““This is part of our desire to work with some of the best mobile game developers in the world,” said NCsoft senior VP Michael Chang.”
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Terrance and Phillip agree with you, NCSoft.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CbWr0zO7Ac

Madda
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Madda

Canadia!

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Rohirrim

I’m not sure what the future of gaming will be but I think there’s great unexplored potential with mobile gaming – especially with how they may tie into MMOs. 

You could refer to my post in the recent topic on MassivelyOP around MMOs keeping up with technological advancements for my thoughts on this topic further.

What I am saying is that evidence clearly shows that the mobile market is booming.

Look at what happened to Zynga. They were apparently so focused on their success with Farmville that they totally missed the surge in popularity of mobile gaming and were subsequently left (far) behind with their stock crashing through the floor. e.g. 
http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Picture-3.jpg

NCSoft would be silly not to pursue the mobile market.
Whether or not they’re successful or whether or not the future of gaming or NCSoft’s strategic focus shifts predominantly towards the mobile space over time is a different question – and one I don’t have an answer for. However, I think we can safely say that they won’t be giving up MMOs any time soon.

Ikcen
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Ikcen

Well dudes, seems you need new phones and tablets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAss8BeeDU0 that is a mobile RPG with action combat and PvP.