Monday, October 27, 2008

Final Champion of Korean Online Games held in Japan

Final tournament in Japan for the third year ‘World game festival GNGWC 2008’ will take place on coming 25th. Participants will strive for tickets to the GNGWC 2008 world finals.

This coming finals in Japan follows the regional finals that took place in Germany, Singapore, US, Brazil and Korea. Representatives from six different continents will come together on November 16 for world championship that is sponsored by Korea SW Industry Promotion Agency (KIPA) and KT.

Japan is well-known for excellent games. Not only video games but Internet online and mobile games recently became popular as well.

Japanese Yano Research Institute Ltd. announced on February 21 that Japanese online game market has increased from 30.7 billion Yen in 2004 to 82 billion Yen in 2007. It is also expected to grow up to 160 billion Yen in 2011. This research shows that game publishing industry has increased from 27.8 billion Yen in 2004 to 80.2 billion Yen which is a remarkable 400 % increase.

Japan’s fever for online game has influenced Korean online game market. A great number of Korean online games are becoming popular in Japan.

There will be 3 official games for the final tournament in Japan: 3D online golf game ‘Shot Online’, World War 2 ‘Navy Field’ and MMORPG ‘Atlantica’.

Director Kwon Taek-min from KIPA said, “Online game is an efficient tool which helps gamers from different countries to communicate with one another via Internet. I am honored and pleased to see that Korea and Japan has this great opportunity to get to know each other more through online games.”

Representatives from 6 continents will compete at the World final tournament that happens along with the greatest Korean game exhibition, G-Star, that will take place in Kintex, Ilsan, on November 16.


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