Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Nick Basinger, Kevin Benedict, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Lori MacVittie

News Feed Item

Japanese Mobile Games Giant gumi Inc. Launches U.S. Studio, Announces Hiring of Former Microsoft GM, and Extends Plans with Sega and Others to Deliver 30 Games Worldwide

Today gumi Inc., a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, is announcing its first major North American expansion plans since the close of a $50 million round of funding. The company is officially expanding into the U.S. with the opening of a games studio and the hiring of former Microsoft Game Studios GM AJ Redmer. The U.S. studio, combined with others across the world, plan to release thirty new titles worldwide, including Chain Chronicles--a SEGA game, which is already a top grossing mainstay on both iOS and Android in Japan - soon to be released in the U.S.

In addition to studios in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, and France, gumi Inc. is announcing new studios that will make content for English speaking countries, with North America being the primary market. The new U.S. headquarters is in Austin for first party creative development with another studio in Vancouver. AJ Redmer, former General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios, will oversee the aforementioned studios and future teams involved in gumi's Western expansion efforts. AJ was one of the founding members of the Xbox360 team and personally executed essential components to the console’s success, such as high level strategy, hardware design, developer relations, content strategy, marketing, design and manufacturing plans. He also oversaw key studios in both North America and across Asia at different tenures during his career, most recently as the CEO of WeMade Entertainment USA. To compliment the development studios, gumi will also establish an office in San Francisco focusing on business development and public relations.

“In our experience of achieving global success with Brave Frontier, we recognized that Western markets, such as the U.S., Canada, and Europe, have unique tastes to their local cultures and playing styles. As we have already done with our studios in Asia, we've set out to build studios in key regions with the best talent and domain expertise to produce original content that is relevant to local markets in the West,” said Hironao Kunimitsu, CEO of gumi Inc. “With AJ's first-hand experience overseeing production of several of the gaming world's most iconic franchises, gumi aims to raise the bar of mobile gaming development for global regions.”

gumi Inc. is also expanding its relationship with SEGA. The company will publish SEGA’s Japanese game titles in North America, Europe and South Asian countries, and the two parties will further collaborate in order to provide consumers with localized support to match player preferences, languages and gameplay environments.

About gumi

Established on June 13th, 2007, gumi Inc. is a top developer and operator of mobile online games, and has distributed more than 40 titles on various platforms including many hit games starting with 任侠道 (Ninkyodo) in 2011 and Brave Frontier, recently developed by its subsidiary Alim Co. Ltd. and published globally by gumi. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company has been growing its presence globally since 2012, with overseas operations in Asia in Singapore, Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and in Western countries in the U.S. and France.

gumi Inc. also maintains strong relationships with EA, Capcom, Kabam and others for co-development and co-publishing of hit franchise titles like FIFA World Class Soccer, MonsterHunter, and others.

For more information, visit http://gu3.co.jp/en/

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...