As expected, Nexon’s main growth driver in Q1 was the PC version of Dungeon & Fighter (DNF) in China, thanks to the recent Lunar New Year update during Chinese New Year holiday. Although the update didn’t introduce a new level cap, new characters and fresh dungeons targeting loyal users helped stimulate spend on cosmetic items and upgrade gems. As a result, the game’s performance in China enabled Nexon to enjoy 99.7% quarterly growth from its PC business.
- PUBG remains popular in Korea but face challenges from the upcoming release of Fortnite
- Neowiz plans to enhance its presence in overseas market via Bless on Steam
- Aion's revised monetisation scheme, featuring the removal of subscription fees, generates an influx of new users
In this report:
2018 Q1 Korean publisher performance review with 2018 Q2 outlook