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CyberAgent and LINE Reach Agreement on New Company To Be Launched as a Joint Capital Venture

ゲーム事業(Game)

Tokyo, Japan – October 9, 2014 –CyberAgent, Inc., headquartered in Shibuya-ward, Tokyo, and lead by President Susumu Fujita, and LINE Corporation, owner and operator of the free call and messaging app LINE, announced today that they have signed a basic agreement concerning the founding of a new company to be created as a joint capital venture between the two companies.
 The new company will focus on developing and providing service for games that will be competitive on a global scale by combining the rich development environment and game-producing knowledge base of CyberAgent Group, which has nine gaming industry subsidiaries of its own, with the extensive user base LINE holds across Asia and the globe. Both companies plan to work together from the early stages of content development onward. Games developed by the new company will be released to players through LINE GAME, LINE’s platform for game distribution, with a goal of releasing one or two brand new titles a year. Details concerning the new company, new game titles to be released and other decisions to be made in the near future will be released at a later date.
 Through the creation of this new venture, both companies hope to further accelerate business development as well as provide high quality games made in Japan to players around the world. 

Overview of New Company
Company name: (To be determined)
Founded on: November 4, 2014 (Tentative date)
Capital: JPY 100 million (JPY 100 million in capital reserves)
CEO: Yusuke Hidaka, Vice President of CyberAgent, Inc.
Director: Jun Masuda, CSMO of LINE Corporation
Business description: Create and develop games for the LINE platform

Comment from Yusuke Hidaka, Vice President of CyberAgent, Inc.
“CyberAgent Group entered into the feature phone gaming market in full force back in 2009. We switched gears to focus on the smartphone gaming market in 2011, and we are currently concentrating our efforts on the development of native apps. We have roughly 1,700 employees working in this department providing service for 42 game titles at the moment. We have grown into a powerful force in the domestic smartphone gaming industry thanks to the numerous titles such as Sengoku Enbu –KIZNA–, released through Sumzap, Inc., and GRANBLUE FANTASY, released by Cygames, Inc., that have managed to rank in at the top of the sales rankings for the App Store and Google Play. We hope to leverage our expertise in game development to create promising new titles that could only be possible through CyberAgent Group and LINE.”

Comment from Jun Masuda, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer at LINE Corporation
“Since beginning service in November 2012, LINE GAME has released games developed in-house and in conjunction with third-party content providers to players through the LINE platform, establishing its identity and raising its profile as a gaming platform. The service has recently concentrated a greater share of its effort on expanding globally in order to transcend the domestic Japanese market and provide high quality gaming content to the entire world. All of us here at LINE are extremely excited by the opportunity to create a new business venture together with CyberAgent Group, which already has multiple subsidiaries engaged in content creation for the smartphone-based gaming market, each with their own unique focus in the industry. This is a giant step forward towards the increased global presence LINE GAME has been working for. We hope to leverage the strengths of the LINE platform to provide better games than ever to players around the world.”

 ■ Overview of CyberAgent, Inc.
Company name:             CyberAgent, Inc. (http://www.cyberagent.co.jp/en/)
Location:                         1-12-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Established:                     March 18, 1998
Capitalization:                  JPY 7,203 million (As of the end of June, 2014)
Representative:               Susumu Fujita, President
Description of business:  Ameba, Internet Advertising, Gaming, Media Other and Investment Development Business
 
■Overview of LINE Corporation
Company name:             LINE Corporation (http://linecorp.com/en/)
Location:                         27F Shibuya Hikarie, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Established:                     September 4, 2000
Capitalization:                  JPY 12,596,190,000
Representative:               CEO Akira Morikawa, COO Takeshi Idezawa
Description of business: Internet enterprises and web-based services (LINE, NAVER, livedoor)