Nexon Taking On EA
A rumor has recently surfaced after an article in a Korean newspaper was published on popular gaming sources such as Forbes and Bloomberg. The rumor involves a possible hostile takeover of Electronic Arts (EA) from Korean game publisher Nexon.
I’d imagine practically every gamer on the planet is familiar with EA, the company behind some massive gaming titles such as the Call of Duty franchise, various sports titles such as Fifa and NHL and more recently, Star Wars: The Old Republic. Nexon are more famous for their MMORPG Games, publishers of popular titles such as Maplestory, Combat Arms and the recently released, Dragon Nest.
Other than the fact that both of these companies are game publishers, standing on the shoulders of great developers and then releasing titles as their own, they share very little common ground. EA have just won the award for one of the worst gaming companies of the year, while Nexon founder, Kin Jung-Ju is the third richest person in South Korea. Industry experts have already played the rumor down, suggesting it’s no more than hearsay, a few have even said it was EA that started the rumors as their shares have gone up 7% as a result of the article.
We’ve contacted both companies for a response, but as of yet, no replies. There’s always some random rumor flying around on the internet, and we don’t think this one has any concrete foundations. Although, my opinions towards EA are rather heated as they consistently dish out rehashed games year after year, still selling for the above average price of a new game. I would be more than happy to see MMORPG publishers Nexon take the reigns but I very much doubt it will happen.