• Hit Video Game Professor Layton To Go Social On Mobage This Year

    Konami, Sega, Hudson, Capcom: virtually every Japanese video game maker these days is producing social games, too. The newest company jumping on the bandwagon is Level-5 whose mega hit series Professor Layton will be turned into a (mobile) social game in Japan in the fall this year. “Professor Layton Royale” will become available on Mobage, a popular mobile social gaming… Read More

  • Why Japan’s GREE Overpaid For Mobile Social Gaming Startup OpenFeint

    Over the past year, there’s been an apparent trend taking place of Japanese gaming companies acquiring U.S. social game developers. DeNa bought social gaming company Ngmoco for $400 million last October, adding to an acquisition of mobile social gaming studio GameView in September. A little over a month ago, Japanese mobile gaming company GREE dropped $104 million on OpenFeint, a plug… Read More

  • ngmoco Acquires Mobile Games Developer (And Longtime Partner) Rough Cookie

    ngmoco Acquires Mobile Games Developer (And Longtime Partner) Rough Cookie

    Exclusive – U.S.-based mobile games developer ngmoco was acquired by Japanese social games publisher DeNA in October 2010, but that doesn’t mean it stopped looking at opportunities to grow through acquisitions of its own, particularly in regions other than Asia and the United States. TechCrunch has learned that the company has just acquired longtime game development partner… Read More

  • Japanese Social Mobile Games Company DeNA To Hit $1.3 Billion In Revenue

    Japan’s leading social games company, DeNA (listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a $5.4 billion market cap), is running from one record to the other. The company, whose mobile social gaming platform Mobage-town boasts over 22 million users in Japan, issued its operating results reported [PDF] for the third financial quarter today. Read More

  • Japan's Social Gaming Giant DeNA Under Suspicion Of Breaking Antitrust Law

    Bad news from Japan’s multi-billion dollar social gaming industry earlier this week: Tokyo-based mobile gaming heavyweight DeNA (current market cap: US$4.5 billion) was investigated on Wednesday by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) over antitrust issues. The allegation: DeNA, which recently paid US$400 million to acquire American smartphone game maker ngmoco, pressured Japanese… Read More

  • What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    What Everyone Made From The Ngmoco-DeNa Deal

    Yesterday, Japanese mobile gaming company DeNa announced its acquisition of iPhone gaming startup ngmoco for up to $400 million. (We first reported on the acquisition talks here). The price includes $300 million up front in cash and stock, plus another $100 million earnout if ngmoco hits certain performance milestones. We also reported yesterday that ngmoco’s largest investor… Read More

  • "Done Deal" – DeNA To Announce Ngmoco Acquisition Very Soon (Confirmed)

    "Done Deal" – DeNA To Announce Ngmoco Acquisition Very Soon (Confirmed)

    An update to our post last week on Japan’s DeNA mulling over an acquisition of San Francisco based social gaming startup ngmoco. The deal is supposedly done and will be announced shortly, possibly on Tuesday. Update: and there we go. Up to $400 million in cash and stock it is. The price we reported, $400 million or so, is in the ballpark, says a new source. And part of the reason… Read More

  • Japanese Company DeNA Expands Footprint In U.S.; Invests In Social Game Studio Astro Ape

    A week after announcing the acquisition of U.S. mobile social gaming studio, Gameview, Japanese gaming giant DeNA is making a strategic investment in another U.S. gaming company, social game studio Astro Ape. The investment amount was not disclosed by the companies. Based in Edison, N.J., Astro Ape creates social game titles for the iOS platform, including Office Heroes, an iPhone app simulating… Read More

  • Japanese Company DeNA Buys Mobile Social Gaming Studio Gameview

    In an effort to broaden its presence in the U.S. market, Japanese gaming company DeNA has acquired Mountain View, Calif.-based mobile social gaming studio, Gameview. The acquisition furthers DeNA’s goal towards being a household gaming name in the U.S. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gameview creates free-to-play mobile social gaming applications for smartphones including, Tap… Read More

  • Japanese Social Mobile Games Company DeNA On Track To Top $1 Billion In Revenue

    The Japanese gaming company DeNA, which is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, reported robust first quarter earnings today. For the fiscal first quarter, DeNA’s revenues reached $279 million, up 175% compared to the same quarter last year. Its operating profits increased by 282% to about $138 million over the first quarter of 2009 (according to the company’s own currency… Read More

  • Japanese Gaming Company DeNA Sets Up $27.5 Million Investment Fund

    On the heels of Zynga’s $150 million investment from Japanese media firm Softbank Capital, Japanese gaming company DeNA has announced a $27.5 million fund to make investments in the social gaming community. DeNA holds an 83.3 percent stake in the new fund, which is called Incubate Fund No. 1 Limited Partnership. Other investors include a number of private Japan-based investors. DeNA… Read More