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Japan's market for mobile gaming

Japan’s smartphone games market now worth $5.4 billion, half of total gaming industry

According to a new report, Japan’s domestic smartphone gaming market was worth JPY 546.8 billion (...

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  • March 26, 2014
  • at 1:40 pm
How one game saved ‘Japan’s Facebook’ from the brink

How one game brought ‘Japan’s Facebook’ back from the brink of disaster

Mixi, once Japan’s largest social network, is back from the dead. In September 2006, Mixi was the ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • March 3, 2014
  • at 1:03 pm
Game over! Joint venture between DeNA and Namco Bandai to be shut in March

It’s game over: Japanese gaming giants DeNA and Namco Bandai will close their joint venture in March

BNDeNA, the joint venture that Mobage operator DeNA (TYO:2432) and Namco Bandai (TYO:7832) launched ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • January 21, 2014
  • at 3:58 pm
Mobage Chat- DeNA Rolls Out Another Chat Service

Second time lucky? DeNA launches another gaming-oriented messaging app

Social media in Japan never really put much emphasis on chatting; even the biggest homegrown social ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • November 13, 2013
  • at 12:06 pm
puzzle dragon

GungHo sales and profit drop, prompting stock price fall. What’s going on?

GungHo (3765.OS), the company behind Japan’s biggest smartphone game Puzzle and Dragons, has publi...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • October 31, 2013
  • at 1:03 pm
puzzle dragon

Puzzle & Dragons hits 20 million users in Japan, finally launches in UK too

Japan’s biggest smartphone game Puzzle and Dragons now boasts over 20 million registered users in ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • October 18, 2013
  • at 6:00 pm
metal gear solid social ops gree

GREE offers voluntary retirement to 11% of workforce, shuts Osaka office

Today it came to light that GREE is planning to offer voluntary retirement plans to about 200 employ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • October 3, 2013
  • at 10:21 am
http://gamebiz.jp/?p=116763

Getting into bed with the enemy, GREE launches first game on KakaoTalk

If you can’t beat them, join them: that’s what GREE (TYO:3632) probably thought when it allowed ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • September 2, 2013
  • at 4:00 pm
facebook users in Japan 2013

No need for alarm, Facebook is doing fine in Japan with 21 million active users

Every once in a while, I see alarmist tweets or reports that indicate the number of Facebook (NASDAQ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • August 15, 2013
  • at 9:00 am
Japan's market for mobile gaming and content in 2012

Japan’s market for mobile content worth $8.8 billion in 2012, games bring in $5.1 billion

Japan’s Mobile Content Forum (MCF) has issued a new report that includes a number of interesting s...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • August 13, 2013
  • at 3:49 pm
Tetris Monsters for iOS

EA Japan Shows First Trailer For Tetris Monsters, Due To Hit iOS This Summer (VIDEO)

EA Japan is currently developing Tetris Monsters, a puzzle/RPG hybrid that’s scheduled to hit iOS ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • August 6, 2013
  • at 2:00 pm
GREE and Yahoo Japan launch Driland HTML5 game

Joint-Venture Between GREE And Yahoo Japan Releases First Game

The joint venture that GREE (TYO:3632) and Yahoo Japan established back in February this year – ca...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • August 5, 2013
  • at 2:00 pm
Puzzle & Dragons Now Has 17 Million Registered Users

Puzzle & Dragons Now At 17 Million Registered Users In Japan, But Growth Has Slowed Down

Dr. Serkan Toto is a gaming expert and independent consultant based in Tokyo. You can follow him on ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • July 25, 2013
  • at 4:30 pm
GREE booth, 2012 Tokyo Game Show

GREE Again Cuts Down On International Business With Lay-Offs and Office Closures

Just last week The Nikkei reported about sales and profit sliding significantly for GREE (TYO:3632) ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • July 10, 2013
  • at 11:12 am
Alim launches Brave Frontier game

New Japanese Game Maker Alim Debuts With Funding, Launches Mobile RPG “Brave Frontier”

Dr. Serkan Toto is a gaming expert and independent consultant based in Tokyo. You can follow him on ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • July 8, 2013
  • at 12:55 pm
Dragon Eclipse game

Dragon Eclipse: DeNA and Gloops Show Their First Co-Developed Social Game

The co-developed mobile RPG, which is dubbed Dragon Eclipse and looks very promising, is the first g...

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  • June 27, 2013
  • at 12:55 pm
dena comm

DeNA Starts Integrating Casino Games Into its Chat App Comm

Dr. Serkan Toto is a gaming expert and independent consultant based in Tokyo. You can follow him on ...

By Dr. Serkan Toto

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  • May 30, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
puzzle dragon

Puzzle & Dragons Maker GungHo Reaches $15 Billion Market Cap, Now Worth More Than Nintendo

Dr. Serkan Toto is a gaming expert and independent consultant based in Tokyo. You can follow him on ...

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  • May 13, 2013
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