|SEOUL – May 19, 2008 – Global online entertainment company WEBZEN Inc. (www.webzen.com) announced today that it has executed a licensing agreement for North America and Europe with NHN USA (www.nhnusainc.com) for Huxley¢â, the next-generation MMOFPS game.
In a landmark deal worth a total of $3 million with an advance and a minimum guarantee, NHN USA will be bringing Webzen¡¯s highly-anticipated Huxley to North American and western European markets in 16 countries, including U.S., Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and France.
The companies plan on leveraging Webzen¡¯s outstanding development capabilities and NHN USA¡¯s significant game publishing experience to create synergy in providing the optimal Huxley experience in the overseas markets.
¡°We are extremely excited about working with NHN USA, a company that has had phenomenal successes with publishing numerous games, as we enter the North American and European markets,¡± said Nam-Ju Kim, chief executive officer of Webzen, Inc. ¡°And we¡¯ll continue to refine Huxley even further to exceed the high expectation of gamers in North America and Europe.¡±
¡°By ensuring great playability and a systematic localization process, we¡¯re expecting a highly successful launch of Huxley in the Americas and western Europe, both of which are considered the ¡®home¡¯ of FPS games,¡± said Koongwhon Nam, chief executive officer of NHN USA. ¡°Huxley is an integral part of our unwavering commitment to bring Korea¡¯s very best online games to the world through ijji.com.¡±
Their enthusiasm for Huxley echoes the nonstop North American game industry buzz of anticipation for the game – an honorable mention in Game Informer¡¯s list of Top 10 Games for 2008, the most searched FPS game in April on North America¡¯s premier online game magazine IGN, and sharing the top 2 spots on the same site with Starcraft 2 for all game genres.