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

    
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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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Mewmew
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Mewmew

“the tangible and intangible values of Nexon are important assets to Korea.”

So what is the difference between South Korea and the West, where South Korea thinks it’s very important for their companies to still be owned by other South Korean companies, and in the West our game companies are bought out by Chinese giants all the time without anybody batting an eye or saying it’s important for them to remain Western owned?

I’m just curious about the different thought patterns of the people. Or is it because it’s Nexon specifically and that’s such a major company?

Joey Desarno
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Joey Desarno

Hopefully the ‘ahem’ ‘pro consumer company overlord’ will treat Warframe with respect, but alas- we already know that’s not the case, take Runescape3 for example. :I Alas, Warframe i’ll see you in sovengarde.

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Schmidt.Capela

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?

And to not just keep listening, but also see through your camera if you used the power or volume button to ignore the call. One of the worst privacy-related bugs I’ve ever seen.

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rafael12104

Hmm. The corporate shell game doesn’t bother me. Holding companies buying slices of other companies here and there is not a concern as long as they remain in the sandbox, so to speak.

But this update makes me worry that some over officious exec will try and “fix” DE when it obviously doesn’t need anyone other than DE to manage it.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Looking at DE up til now and Grinding Gear, seems like the more forward thinking Chinese firms are very disciplined at not fixing what ain’t broke. “Hey the market loves what you’re doing! Here’s a big pile of $$, go do a lot more of it and make us both rich!” seems to be the order of the day especially with already successful titles. OTOH if we were talking about EA or ActiBlizz I’d be smashing that mufuggin eject button.

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rafael12104

Logically what you say makes sense. But it seems like every time a dev makes strides in doing things the right way, it is short lived.

Hopefully, you are right.