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Gungho’s ‘Puzzle and Dragons’ Probably Made Up to $86 Million In Sales Last Month

March 27, 2013 | Dr. Serkan Toto | 2 Comments

The crazy Puzzle and Dragons boom in Japan continues – and it gets even crazier.

Maker GungHo (3765.OS) posted a new financial document according to which sales in February for the company reached an almost unbelievable 10 billion yen in February – up 1,280 percent year-on-year. That is US$106 million. In a month with 28 days.Read More

SoftBank to Take Majority Stake In ‘Puzzle and Dragons’ Maker GungHo

March 26, 2013 | Dr. Serkan Toto

With the investment, the telco’s stake in the Puzzle and Dragons game maker increases from 33.6 to 58.5 percent.Read More

Anime Pirates Game Lets You be Part of Popular Manga ‘One Piece’ World

March 22, 2013 | Enricko Lukman | 4 Comments

Indonesian game publisher Prodigy Infinitech launched a new game a couple of days ago called Anime Pirates. The game is basically a Facebook-based game that’s based on popular Japanese manga One Piece. After giving the turn-based battle RPG title a … Read More

MOL Acquires AyoPay, Confirms Indonesia is Top Priority This Year

March 20, 2013 | Willis Wee | One Comment

Malaysia’s leading payment service giant, MOL, has acquired Indonesia’s AyoPay for an undisclosed sum. AyoPay is a 20-man team business-to-business payment distributor who has been working hand-in-hand with MOL in Indonesia for the last two to three years ever since … Read More

Indonesia Loves to Guess: See Which Locally-Made Game Booted WeChat from Top Spot on iOS

March 19, 2013 | Enricko Lukman | One Comment

Do you guys remember the Indonesian game Icon Pop Quiz which received props from Korean singer PSY in December? Well, its developer, Alegrium, launched a sequel to its popular Icon Pop game called Icon Pop Brand earlier this month. The … Read More

Nonstop Games Raises $2.9 Million, Makes Singapore Home

March 19, 2013 | Willis Wee | 2 Comments

Singapore-based Nonstop Games has raised a $2.9 million seed round led by Creandum and Lifeline Ventures. The investment allows Nonstop Games to continue building its upcoming free-to-play (F2P) game, Heroes of Honor. The four founding brains behind Nonstop Games are … Read More

Agate Jogja Releases 23rd Titok Game Title, This Time Inspired by Russian Meteor

March 15, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

Indonesian game developer Agate Jogja, which is part of Agate Alliance, announced today that the company has released its twenty-third Titok game title called Titok: Menerjang Meteor (meaning “charging against meteors”). This latest Flash-based game was inspired by the meteor … Read More

Games Still Going Strong, VNG Reports Over $90 million In Revenue For 2012

March 15, 2013 | Anh-Minh Do

Vietnam’s VNG just reported that it hit a whopping VND 2 trillion ($90 million) in revenue for 2012. Yeah, that’s a lot. The company, which has its hands in everything online – social media, messaging apps, games, content distribution, mobile … Read More

GREE Games Put Up Some Impressive Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 14, 2013 | C. Custer

You probably already know that Japan’s GREE is a mobile gaming giant. But just how giant is giant? How big are GREE’s biggest mobile games? In a new infographic, the company reveals some impressive numbers and makes some fun comparisons. … Read More

Line’s Now Got 120 Million Users And Line Play Rocks Southeast Asia

March 13, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

Japan-based app Line announced today that the company has reached another milestone by hitting the 120 million users landmark, an increase of 20 million users since January. During this opportunity, the messaging company also shared its gaming app Line Play’s … Read More

Indonesian Digital Comic Game Wanara’s Second Episode is now Out on Android

March 12, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

Remember the Indonesian folklore-themed app that we looked at a while back? Called the Adventure of Wanara: Garuda Riders, it combines gaming and a comic book series and was released back in November. Now the second episode, Garuda Riders Vol … Read More

After Success Overseas, Colorbox Is Bringing Games To Vietnam

March 11, 2013 | Anh-Minh Do

Startups always seem to grow up around games. Steve Jobs used to work at Atari and Bill Gates used to love playing poker. A bunch of entrepreneurs I’ve met in Ho Chi Minh city confess to playing games together before … Read More

From Line to Puzzles and Dragons, Japan Rocks the World at App Monetization [STATS]

March 7, 2013 | Steven Millward | One Comment

Regular readers will know that Japanese smartphone owners are great for spending money on apps. Now we have new data from AppAnnie, released this evening, that shows how the app monetization situation is developing in Japan and around the world. … Read More

Spread the Fun: Line Now Has Four Times More Games Than KakaoTalk in Indonesia

March 6, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

Japan-made chat app Line announced today that the company has released two new games onto its social gaming platform, called Dragon Flight and Wind Runner. These now work with the app in several countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore. Interestingly, … Read More

Indonesian-Made Satay Chef Game Hits Blackberry 10

March 6, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

The Blackberry Z10 launch in Indonesia on Monday signals the launch of 4,000 apps made in the country. Yeah, that’s a very nice figure looking at the fact that Indonesia is also Blackberry’s biggest market in Asia. Kicking things off … Read More

Sony to Sell Whole 13% Stake in DeNA for About $438 Million

March 4, 2013 | Steven Millward

Troubled gadget-maker Sony (NYSE:SNE) is selling off its whole 13.14 percent stake in Japanese mobile gaming firm DeNA (TYO:2432). As Sony looks to cut costs, it should net the firm 40.9 billion yen – that’s US$438 million – once the … Read More

Vandaria Saga and Toge Productions Bring Top Indonesian Novel to Life

February 22, 2013 | Enricko Lukman

Surabaya-based story and game developer Vandaria Saga recently announced its first digital game called Lords of Vandaria. While the game’s entire world has been built by Vandaria Saga, the gameplay was created in conjunction with game developer Toge Productions. I … Read More

Yahoo Japan and GREE Invest $2 Million to Open Social Gaming Joint-Venture Next Month

February 18, 2013 | Steven Millward

Yahoo Japan and GREE (TYO:3632) announced today what they had teased a few months back – the launch of a joint-venture company that will focus on developing and running social gaming titles for smartphones. After comitting ¥200 million (US$2.2 million) … Read More