[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Highlights of 26 years of development in the video game industry of NCSoft Corporation (1997)


(worldkings.org) NCSoft Corporation is a South Korean video game developer and publisher headquartered in Pangyo, Seongnam, South Korea.

NCSoft has business operations spanning Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company is primarily known for the distribution of massively multiplayer online role-playing games, best known for the Lineage, Lineage 2, Aion, and Blade & Soul games. The company is also expanding into the mobile sector.


The company's milestones:

- In 1997: Established NCSOFT CO., LTD

- In 1998: Launched online game commerce service Lineage in Korea.

- In 2000:

Established NC Interactive branches in UK and US.

Launched online game commerce service Lineage in Taiwan.

- In 2001:

Established NC Austin branch in the US and NC Japan, a joint venture with Softbank Group.

Launched online game commerce service Lineage in North America.

- In 2002: Acquired American video game company ArenaNet.

- In 2003:

Established NC-Sina, a Chinese joint venture with SINA and NC Taiwan.

Launched online game commerce service Lineage in China and started commercial service in Korea for Lineage II..

- In 2004: Launched online game commercial service City of Heroes in the US and Lineage II in North America, Taiwan, China, and Europe. Established NCSoft Europe with head office in Brighton, UK.

- In 2005: Launched Guild Wars commercial service in Korea, North America and Europe.

- In 2006:

Guild Wars Launched in Japan, Taiwan and Wins 'Best Graphics' (GameAmp).

Lineage selected as a 'Super Brand of 2006' in the 'Online Games' category by the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies (IPS).

- In 2007: Launched Official Dungeon Runner service in North America.

- In 2008: Completed construction of Samseong-dong R&D Center. Established NCSoft West with headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

- In 2009: Signed a contract to produce Aion game with Innova Systems Ltd and launched the commercial services of Aion in Japan, Taiwan, North America, and Europe.

- In 2010: Sponsored 'Online Knowledge Sharing Service' of Seoul National University.

- In 2011: Created the professional baseball team NC Dinos.

- In 2012: Officially launch Blade & Soul.

- In 2015: Established NC West mobile studio in North America ("Iron Tiger Studios").

- In 2018: Launched of webtoon/web novel content platform 'BUFFTOON'.

- In 2019: Released the cross-platform play service 'PURPLE'.

- In 2020: Established NC Vietnam Visual Studio.

- Năm 2021: Launched Blade & Soul 2.

According to kr.ncsoft.com, kr.wikipedia.org

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