Hello KBC members,
I have a request from a Swedish group to meet Korean game devlopers and gameoriented production companies etc. They are interested in games like Starcraft which has a very special fanbase in Korea for example.
I am planning to connect this potential client group with the Korean companies and would really appreciate any information that you can provide regarding this area no matter how small or big :)
As a matter of fact, Starcraft is developed by Blizzard Entertainment (as of now Activision-Blizzard), which are based in the US, in Irvine, CA.
Considering I'm a huge fan of videogames (although not much of the MMOG fashion that is predominant in South Korea) I wanted to start a group on KBC for the korean videogame industry.
Some of the big names in the korean game industry are NEXON, NCSoft, Webzen, Hangame, Wemade Entertainment, Netmarble, Ntreev, NDoors or Neowiz (They seem to like the "N" letter :P). To have a better insight on the korean videogame industry, check out this blog: http://www.mmoculture.com/
One of the few console game developers are Softmax (Magna Carta series), but I guess this is not the kind of sector they are willing to enter.
I might be able to get some e-mail addresses from some companies, though I don't personally know their staff. There was a member in KBC who is working in ATI Korea, maybe he can help out. His name is Navid Firouz. He also has a blog on the korean game industry http://koreagames.wordpress.com/
Hope that helps :) I will see if it's possible to create a group so that we can attract the korean game industry on KBC :)
Wow thanks for great information !
The interest around Starcraft is more around the big local tournaments that are arranged in Seoul every year around the game, but thanks for the input around the actual producer.
I will contact Navid also to see if he can add some more information :)
I am really greatful that you took the time to answer my request, thanks again for your effort.
I see, if they want to have a deeper insight on the electronic sports leagues, they might want to contact the Korean e-Sports Players Association, http://www.e-sports.or.kr/ , they mostly organize the whole professional tournaments in South Korea.
They should want to take a look at the World Cyber Games, which they will probably know about, http://us.wcg.com/ WCG is a Korean company (backed by Samsung), but they are present all over the world, including Sweden. Also check out the International e-Sports Federation, which was founded in Korea too http://www.ie-sf.com/eng/
By the way, off-topic but might interest those who read this, check out this little documentary about the life inside an e-Sports team, it's in Korean, but it has English subtitles: http://www2.razerzone.com/haxlife/
That goes for e-Sports organization. If you need any further help, feel free to ask, as I said I currently don't know any developer in the korean game scene (living in Spain makes it only harder to meet them :P), but I might be able to reach to some people.
Yes, that is exactly what we are talking about, the World Cyber games and all the activities around that among other things. Loved the documentaries, it gives great insight to the gamers world.
I will go to Seoul in two weeks and will try to find a game developer, if I succeed I will be sure to give you the information also.
We are first of all looking to talk to the organizer to be able to visit the game, and second of all it can be a matter of developing actual games for Swedish companies, that´s why they also want to meet game developers.
Maybe visiting the Korea Game Industry Agency (KOGIA) could be helpful, http://www.kogia.or.kr/english/
Great, definetly a good idea !
Have a great weekend,
wonderful idea face to face is always better to gain knowledge especially in Korea.
I've visited Seoul Global business center, Seoul Fashion Center and Metaio Asia personally after getting connected to consultants or directors. Everyone has always been helpful.
I agree, it´s better to meet in person if possible.
Have a great weekend Hanna