Valve and Nexon officially announce Counter-Strike Online, which is tailored
specifically for Asian markets:
Bellevue, WA -- July 27, 2007 -
Award-winning game and technology studios Valve and Nexon today announce
Counter-Strike Online, a new online version of the world's number one
first-person multiplayer game that will be tailored for Asia.
Counter-Strike, first released in 1999, is the world's number one first person
multiplayer game, generating over seven billion player minutes per month and
having sold over nine million retail copies worldwide. Nexon is the Korean-based
publisher and developer of blockbuster titles such as MapleStory and KartRider.
Valve is the creator of many popular first person games and the Steam online
platform for PC games.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nexon will develop and be the exclusive
publisher for Counter-Strike Online in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.
Services in Korea and Japan will be carried out respectively by its Korean and
Japanese entities, NEXON Corporation (CEO: Joonmo Kwon) and NEXON Japan Co.,
Ltd. (CEO: David K. Lee), and in China and Taiwan through collaboration with
"It is our utmost pleasure to be able to develop Counter-Strike Online with
Valve," said David K. Lee, CEO of NEXON Japan Co., Ltd. "We will be devoting our
expertise in online game development and service know-how for Asian territories
to Counter-Strike Online. Already a global phenomenon, we are confident we can
grow the success of Counter-Strike with this new product by tailoring the
gameplay for the millions of gamers in Asia, one of the gaming industries
fastest growing territories."
"With its hit titles such as MapleStory and KartRider, Nexon has become a
dominant force in Asia," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve.
"By combining their proven development abilities and leadership position in Asia
with Counter-Strike's award-winning core gameplay, we have the recipe for
customizing an online phenomenon for each of the Asian markets."