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Laibeus Lord
post Mar 15 2007, 10:48 AM
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MANILA, Philippines--After almost a year of courtship, South Korean game development giant NCsoft and Philippine publisher Asian Media Development Group have closed a $5.5-M deal to distribute Lineage II not just in the Philippines, but across Southeast Asia.

The exclusive $5.5-million marketing and distribution deal with the South Korean company marks the first time that NCsoft has signed a non-subsidiary to distribute its game. It will also be the first time for AMDG to expand its operations outside the Philippines.

In an interview with hackenslash, AMDG chief operating officer Ronald Allan Aquino said that under the partnership, all NCsoft products, primarily Lineage II, would be solely distributed in the region, which will start in the Philippines, followed by Singapore and Malaysia.

"While we will distribute Lineage II in the Philippines, we’ll be looking for partners who will distribute it in other countries," Aquino said.

Likewise, Aquino said they are preparing the buildup of their server facilities in the Philippines to host the local Lineage II players.

"We’ll be launching the game in the next half of the year, simultaneously in the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia," Aquino said.

Lineage II, including its predecessor Lineage I, is a major success among the massively online game triple-A titles that have come out of South Korea, with an estimated 14 million subscribers globally. It is currently being played in Taiwan, Japan, China, Thailand, and the United States, among others.

On the other hand, AMDG is a major distributor of PC games in the Philippines, particularly those published by Vivendi Universal.

Among the titles AMDG carries are Half-Life 1 and 2, Counter-Strike, StarCraft, Warcraft and Guild Wars, the popular online game developed by ArenaNet and published by NCsoft.



Source: http://www.hackenslash.com/online/index.php?story_id=80190


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post May 9 2007, 02:11 PM
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New research and news:
  • AsianMedia is expected to pump another few million US Dollars into gaming servers dedicated for the three countries (Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore)
  • The game is expected to be commercially launched in July
  • It will be simultaneously launch in the three countries
  • South-East Asian gaming industry has some 12 million online gamers so far, and it is expected to go up to 20 million
  • Malaysian online gaming market is still small compared with that of other countries (my note: neighboring countries?)
  • Malaysian gaming industry is worth not more than U$20 million (RM68.4 million)
  • South-Korean gaming industry is worth at least U$10 million (RM3.42 million) a month
  • The cost of playing Lineage II-SEA will be lower than U$15 / month
  • Lineage II-SEA will be based on a pre-paid card business model
  • Lineage II franchise in the Asia-Pacific region represents 45% of the world market
  • Nation Competitions will be added (editor note: "in-game" nations, more probably)
  • Inter-server Competitions
  • New Content will allow all scales of clans to have a role to prevent the exclusive possession of castles by the few elite gigantic clans
  • Pre-Paid will be available in hourly, daily, weekly or monthly denominations
  • Lineage II-SEA will eventually host 10 servers, compared to 8 in the US/EU region, where the number of players has reached two million subscribers
  • NCsoft estimates from the Malaysian market for Lineage II, has an annual potential of U$20 million

Main source: http://YOUrLineage.gameshogun.ws

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