Games Market Monitor: Korean publisher performance in Q1 2018 and Q2 outlook

July 17, 2018  | Subscribers Only

Chenyu Cui Chenyu Cui Senior Research Analyst – Games, IHS Markit
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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.


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2018 Q1 Korean publisher performance review with 2018 Q2 outlook


Chenyu Cui

Senior Research Analyst – Games, IHS Markit

Chenyu Cui is a Senior Research Analyst, Games at IHS Markit.

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