LawBreakers is the weak link in Nexon’s Q3 2017 financial results

    
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Here’s the good news for Nexon’s Q3 2017 investor call: The company had a good set of third-quarter results overall, and it has a strong lineup of titles in the pipeline, including the long-awaited and largely unrevealed Final Fantasy XI mobile incarnation. Here’s the bad news: LawBreakers was the weak link in its lineup. Not only was it responsible for the majority of the company’s losses during the quarter, but company CTO Shiro Uemura stated that the game would acquire no further losses, meaning that it had functionally been written off altogether.

What does that mean for the future of the game? Nothing positive; companies don’t tend to write off games they plan to continue supporting. Your speculation is welcome, but it should run toward darker possibilities. On the bright side, it looks like the future is bright for Nexon as a whole, so based on player numbers the fate of LawBreakers is not so much cloudy as it is unpleasant.

Also worth noting is that Nexon has merged its Nexon RED and NDOORs subsidiaries, both with a roster of successful games under their belts. The merge is aimed at providing more consolidated and skilled mobile game development.

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Dug From The Earth

I find it hilarious that they are blaming competition for its failure, rather than it simply being a bad game

https://ir.nexon.co.jp/en/library/pdf/20171110_4.pdf

“We had very high expectations for its launch; however, the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”

I hate pubg, and I still dont want to play Lawbreakers because its just not fun.

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cursedseishi

It’s not necessarily wrong though, since it was poor timing on their behalf. To be fair PUBG was a surprise hit, and one that likely wasn’t on the radar until it already struck.

Also, you can’t expect the heads to tell their investors that it was a poorly handled game handled by a man convincing himself that being a manchild is the best way to make money as he tries to dude-bro and f-bomb everyone into complacency much like the game’s own dialogue.

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Xijit

In business management land, it is actually illegal to say “we hired this guy because of his name and reputation, but the check was cashed by the time we figured out that he is a giant man-child with disillusions and it would have cost us even more money to break the contract.”

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Sally Bowls

Yeah! My first Eliot-ism of 2018:

the fate of LawBreakers is not so much cloudy as it is unpleasant.

TY!

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rafael12104

Best think Cliffy can do now is bury it. It may not be his choice. But the holidays are over and it is time to move on. Help the team get jobs and let them bail.

And when Nexon makes the announcement be packed up and ready to go with your hand on the light switch.

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Xijit

Nah, he will try to buy the rights to the game (if they don’t just throw them in his face before he can ask) and then double down on lashing out at players, while making accusations about how Nexon interfered with his “vision for the game.”

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Darthbawl

Ouch, those player numbers from the last few months are painful, very painful.