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Galapagos syndrome hits Japan's mobile game industry

Variants of outlawed fee system still gouge gamers, foil global sales

Cygames has introduced a new fee-charging method for "Granblue Fantasy" so users can avoid spending too much money.

TOKYO -- Japan's mobile game industry is thriving at home, but plodding along globally due to the industry hitting a dead end in its efforts to make its fee-charging schemes more palatable to users. Widely seen to be suffering from the Galapagos effect, a tendency of certain business sectors to focus solely on the needs of domestic users, the industry's current state of affairs bodes ill for overseas expansion.

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