Venture Now 11/28/2011 [jp]
- Klab went IPO in this September. The company develops mobile social games.
Social mobile games leader DeNA and Western subsidiary ngmoco have extended a significant business alliance with NTT DOCOMO through its division net mobile AG.
net mobile will help place Mobage, DeNA Group's worldwide social mobile games network, with mobile carriers and serve as a sales conduit in key markets across Europe and Asia. In addition, net mobile will help conduct business development services on behalf of ngmoco, to support content acquisition for Mobage.
The Japanese company DeNA (TYO:2432) has announced this afternoon that it is tapping a Vietnamese games studio called VNG to bring new social games onto Mobage, DeNA’s global social gaming platform.VNG is one of Vietnam’s largest web companies, with 1,500 employees at present.
With this tie-up, DeNA will provide support for VNG in its production of new games that will be distributed on the Mobage platform. The aim is to create at least three new social games for smartphones on Mobage in 2012. It has not been revealed how much an investment and/or renumeration this entails.
Y-Combinator graduate and 500 Startups company Ginzamarkets announced it has raised US$1.3 million in seed funding for Ginzametrics, its SEO management and analytics platform for enterprises. The fresh money comes from 500 Startups, Venture51, and a group of angel investors, namely Jeff Miller, Ullas Naik, Shogo Kawada (Co-Founder of Japanese social gaming giant DeNA), Ryota Matsuzaki (former Head of Strategic Planning at Rakuten, Japan’s biggest e-commerce company), Jay Weintraub, Aman Thapar and Stephen Culp.
This capital injection follows the US$400,000 Ginzamarkets raised from 500 Startups and a group of individual investors late last year. According to Ginzamarkets CEO Ray Grieselhuber, the new money will be used to expand the team, improve on the product, and bolster business development and marketing (the company says the growth so far has been entirely organic). ...
Whenever DeNA has a new office or overseas partnership, GREE seems to have one too (and vice versa). It’s like an “Office race” where both companies are racing to see who has more offices outside of Japan.
The new office in Dubai will start its operation in January 2012 and will focus on building relationships with game developers and providing support in the Middle East region. ...Penn Olson 11/11/2011 [en]
TOKYO, JAPAN – November 8, 2011 — DeNA Co., Ltd. (DeNA), today announced that its Seoul-based wholly owned subsidiary, DeNA Seoul Co., Ltd, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Daum Communications Corp. on bringing DeNA’s Mobage social gaming platform to South Korea through Daum’s popular Web portal and mobile apps. This Mobage Korea service will be focused primarily on smartphone users in South Korea and is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2012.
By leveraging Daum’s existing 38 million registered users, social graphs and AD@m, South Korea’s largest mobile advertisement network with over 10 billion monthly page views, DeNA Seoul will be able to bring Mobage Korea to millions of new consumers. The two companies will also collaborate to promote Mobage Korea on Daum’s websites and apps. ...
Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten said on Tuesday that it plans to acquire Canadian e-book and e-reader company Kobo in a bid to expand in the area of media downloads for consumers.
Rakuten in Tokyo said it has entered into a definitive agreement by which it intends to acquire 100 percent of the total issued and outstanding shares of Kobo for US$315 million in cash.
Spun out of Indigo, a book, gift, and specialty toy retailer in December, 2009, Kobo offers e-readers, e-reader apps and an e-book catalog. An acquisition by Rakuten will give Kobo access to Rakuten e-commerce businesses in a number of countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. ...
Japan-based investment and incubation firm Digital Garage announced today that it has invested in file-sharing service Kicksend, a start-up based in Mountain View, California. Kicksend was incubated in Y Combinator this past summer, and launched in beta in August. ...Penn Olson 11/7/2011 [en]
Nexon, a South Korean online games developer, aims to raise up to Y100bn ($1.3bn) in an initial public offering in Tokyo, which would be the largest Japanese IPO this year, according to a person close to the plans.
The group, which has operations in Japan and China and is expanding into Indonesia, India and the Middle East, is likely to be listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in mid-December with a market value of about Y600bn. ...Financial Times 11/7/2011 [en]