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Nexon to publish Dota 2 in Japan, Korea

By Samuel 'DarthBotto' Horton
Nov 8, 2012 20:36

ImageValve has sold the rights to publish Dota 2 to Nexon, one of the largest gaming and networking developers in the world.

Much like the development last month, which regarded to Valve Corporation selling the Chinese publishing and distribution rights of Dota 2 to Perfect World, the game has now made another leap for distribution outreach. Nexon Co. Ltd., based out of Tokyo, Japan, is a global leader in the industry, with billions of dollars in annual income and an equal number of player registrations. This offer made by Nexon will be the beginning of Dota 2's presence in Japan and more importantly to the esports scene, South Korea.

Statement from Valve Corporation Managing Director, Gabe Newell:
"Nexon, a company with whom we have a long and strong relationship, was clearly the right choice as a publisher to successfully deliver Dota 2 into the Korean and Japanese market. Partnering with Nexon will allow us to deliver Dota 2 to a massive audience of Asian gamers via a premium service."

Statement from Nexon Korea CEO, Min Seo:
"We are very excited about working with Valve to publish Dota 2 and build on the worldwide momentum of the highly successful franchise. We look forward to providing players in Japan and Korea the opportunity to experience this exciting new game."

It is unknown what kind of presence Dota 2 will have in South Korea and to what scale, as this particular franchise has been unknown in that region. If Nexon hopes to have it as a leading esport title, they will have to contend with the fiercely aggressive and popular scene of League of Legends, as well as the national pasttime sport, StarCraft II.

Source: Business Wire



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