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South Korea's gaming 'Big 3' zero in on smartphone users

Shifting focus from PCs, Nexon and others lure more players in China and Japan

Tens of millions of users in China have preregistered for the mobile version of South Korean gaming company Nexon’s popular action role-playing game, Dungeon & Fighter. (Courtesy of Nexon)

SEOUL -- South Korea's top three gaming companies are shifting focus from online games for PCs to mobile games, as smartphones and consoles have become the new battlegrounds.

The country's gaming companies grew with a focus on online games for PCs. South Korea was among the first to introduce nationwide broadband communication networks, enabling high-speed, large-capacity data transmission and resulting in numerous online games being released in the early 2000s. That is a stark contrast with Japan, where gaming companies have developed mainly on Nintendo and Sony's consoles.

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