Japanese Nexon acquired a 14.7 percent minority stake in Korean online game publisher NCsoft for $688 million. Nexon is now the largest shareholder in NCsoft, which publishes massively multiplayer online games such as Guild Wars 2, Aion, Lineage II, and Wildstar.
NCsoft was founded in 1997 and is based in Seoul, Korea. NCsoft generated 608.8 billion KRW in revenue in the fiscal year 2011.
Nexon, which pioneered the free-to-play online game business, went public in an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in December, raising $1 billion. Nexon was founded in 1994 and has had more than 1.3 billion players register to play its games. Nexon has published more than 50 online games in 100 countries.