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'Counter-Strike Online' Announced, But Only for Asia

by Rainier on July 27, 2007 @ 1:17 p.m. PDT

Valve and Nexon today announce Counter-Strike Online, a new online version of the original first-person multiplayer game that will be tailored for Asia. Nexon will develop and be the exclusive publisher for Counter-Strike Online in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan.

"It is our utmost pleasure to be able to develop Counter-Strike Online with Valve," said David K. Lee, CEO of NEXON Japan Co., Ltd. "We will be devoting our expertise in online game development and service know-how for Asian territories to Counter-Strike Online. Already a global phenomenon, we are confident we can grow the success of Counter-Strike with this new product by tailoring the gameplay for the millions of gamers in Asia, one of the gaming industries fastest growing territories."

"With its hit titles such as MapleStory and KartRider, Nexon has become a dominant force in Asia," said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. "By combining their proven development abilities and leadership position in Asia with Counter-Strike's award-winning core gameplay, we have the recipe for customizing an online phenomenon for each of the Asian markets."

Services in Korea and Japan will be carried out respectively by its Korean and Japanese entities, NEXON Corporation and NEXON Japan Co., Ltd., and in China and Taiwan through collaboration with local publishers.

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