MMO Business Roundup: Netmarble’s Nexon bid, Warframe’s owners, PC H1Z1, and the Fortnite kid who saved us from Facetime


Welcome back to another roundup of the business of business in the MMO and multiplayer world!

Among the multiple companies apparently considering serious bids for the $9B of Nexon currently up for sale is South Korean gaming corporation Netmarble. According to Reuters, Netmarble says it’s been contemplating the move for several months and believes “the tangible and intangible values of Nexon are important assets to Korea.”

There’s some investor shuffling going on at the parent company of Warframe studio Digital Extremes, Leyou Technologies Holdings. As MMO Culture notes, Chinese mobile company Meitu has acquired a 30% stake in Dreamscape Horizon, which is the Leyou subsidiary that currently owns nearly all of Digital Extremes.

We know the console version of H1Z1 is doing OK – but what about the PC version, now dubbed Z1 Battle Royale? Apparently, NantGMobile – that’s the NantWorks team made up of Daybreak devs – are still working on solutions, presumably ones that don’t give into the “total revert” many PC players still want. “One of the larger topics was getting onto the better high speed server infrastructure that NantG has,” the title’s Senior Game Designer wrote on Twitter this week. “It will be no small feat but team thinks it’s worth to keep moving forward on it.”

Finally, you know the Facetime bug that slammed Apple this week – the one that allowed people to listen in on your end of a call before you even answered? Yeah, it’s as bad as it sounds. Apparently, the person who discovered the bug was actually a 14-year-old Tucson kid who was using the app to communicate with friends in Fortnite. Apparently, it took him and his mom a week trying to get through to the Apple security team to report it. Good work, kid.

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