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Japanese game developers jump into esports arena

Makers of Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike capitalize on move to mobile

GungHo Online Entertainment held the first world tournament for its online card game Teppen in December.

TOKYO -- More Japanese game developers are riding the esports wave that has transformed the business models of many American and Chinese companies, leveraging their experience in mobile games as the field shifts away from personal computers.

The impact of esports is exemplified by the runaway success of Fortnite Battle Royale from U.S.-based Epic Games. Despite being free to play, Fortnite, which offers costumes and the like for sale in-game, racked up $1.8 billion in sales last year, according to SuperData Research.

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