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  • Three Ways Asia Could Continue To Inspire The Rest Of The Mobile Gaming World

    Three Ways Asia Could Continue To Inspire The Rest Of The Mobile Gaming World

    Asia has inspired and dominated the global video-game market since the past decade and has given no sign of relinquishing its throne. Japan and China represent two of the top three video-game markets in the world, and the Asia-Pacific region generated $12.2 billion in mobile game revenue in 2014, as compared to $4.9 billion and $3.2 billion for North America and Western Europe, respectively. Read More

  • Game Developer Gumi, A Sega And Line Partner, Enters North America With Four New Studios

    Game Developer Gumi, A Sega And Line Partner, Enters North America With Four New Studios

    The North America digital game market is worth $11.8 billion, but it’s proven tough to navigate for high-profile companies like Candy Crush maker King and Zynga. But Japanese gaming company gumi is undeterred. It announced today that it will open four new game studios to make content specifically for the North American market. The gaming studio, which is headquartered in Tokyo, also says… Read More

  • Gumi CEO Hironao Kunimitsu

    Japanese Mobile Social Gaming Startup Gumi Raises $26 Million

    Mobile social gaming is big in Japan. Very big. Mobile gaming publisher Gumi, which has been growing very rapidly lately, raised $26 million last week in a series F round from Jafco, Shinsei Bank, and DBJ Capital. It previously raised a total of $7 million. I visited Gumi’s offices and spoke with founder Hironao Kunimitsu, who says he expects to use the new capital to roll up other… Read More

  • How Zynga Stacks Up To Japan’s Social Gaming Giant, GREE (Hint: It Is Less Profitable)

    How Zynga Stacks Up To Japan’s Social Gaming Giant, GREE (Hint: It Is Less Profitable)

    With Zynga launching its IPO¬†road show¬†today, all eyes are on the social gaming goliath Mark Pincus built on the Web. But the future of social gaming, as with so many things these days, is mobile, where Zynga admits (in its S-1) that it has “limited experience.” All you have to do, however, is look to Japan’s social mobile gaming companies like GREE and DeNA to see how… Read More

  • Samsung U600 assembly witnessed first hand

    During my stay in Korea, I was privy to visit one of Samsung’s manufacturing plants in Gumi, which is referred to as the Gumi complex (the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world) and ranks as the sixth largest company if it were its own entity. The Gumi Complex is large, I don’t remember the exact acreage, but it’s massive. There are onsite apartment buildings for… Read More