The Korean gaming industry is worth $17 billion based on industry estimates and is the 4th largest in the world, after the United States, China and Japan. KOCCA is a South Korean governmental agency that oversees and coordinates the promotion of the Korean content industry. KOCCA is at the forefront of the Korean government’s efforts to grow the gaming industry in Korea as part of the government’s objective to catalyze the 4th industrial revolution in South Korea.
South Korea is home to PC gaming giants like Netmarble, Nexon, and NC Soft, as well as gaming unicorns like Krafton and Pearl Abyss. High smartphone penetration, fast broadband and mobile internet, expansion of MMORPGs, cross-platform gaming and a young population with disposable income have given rise to innovative Korean game developers who produce games that have found a place in the global gaming market. Korean popular culture including Korean games, K-pop and K-drama has made waves globally.
KOCCA is bringing 15 innovative Korean indie developers with games that could be the next big thing in the global markets. This is a great opportunity for publishers or developers to discover and partner with cutting-edge games from the sophisticated South Korean market.
Below are the 15 Korean game developers who will be part of the Korean delegation.
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|Company name||Website||Short Description||Funding raised||Traction|
|https://www.newcoregames.com||Project Satgat is a 2.5D stylish action-packed Metroidvania by an oriental warrior living in the post-apocalypse era. * Genre: Action Metroidvania * Expected playtime: 16 hours+ * Key Features - A sensuous graphic style that fuses Eastern and Western beauty. - Exciting story of an Apocalyptic world with twisted time and space. - Stylish action born from the hero's rage eroded by the devil.||USD 0.85 Mil||- Established in 2020 - Project Satgat development financial status - Production period: 28 months with 16 ppl; Secured budget of 1 mil USD|
|www.busidol.com||BUSIDOL is a game developer company for mobile and TV and PC. We create happy contents!||-||- 4million downloads (Mobile,PC,TV) of Eldroado - Tower Defense game launched ( 22.4 ) - Partnership with Samsung, LG SmartTV games - 10K+ users with 4.0+ stars average app store reviews as of 3/2022|
|https://www.instagram.com/pepperstones_kr/||WeTory (Alone) is a PC platform-based rogue-like game. A child who was abandoned in the world due to a congenital disease In a world where the villain stole the color of the world Adventure to get the color back As a 3D game based on a tile map, the player does not directly attack It is a game with a differentiated play method of attacking and evading through interaction with the tile map.||USD 150,000||- Production support from Gwangju Global Game Center 0.2mil dollar - PC version launched - Steam Early Access Launch in September|
|Ward Games |
|https://twitter.com/WardgamesO||We are the game development studio, Ward Games from South Korea. Ward Games has developed ||USD 70,000||- 70K USD raised from a South Korean government support project - 4 NDA contracts signed with South Korea and Japan game publishers.|
|STOIC ENTERTAINMENT |
|https://www.stoicent.com/||World War Toons: Tank Arena is the FPS game that provides 4:4 multiplay. It is created using the IP of World War Toons. It is a VR tank game for Oculus Quest2 that maximizes various interactions using hands, and, at the same time, emphasizes maps and strategic play using tank characteristics.Unlike previous tank games, it minimizes a control pannel, so one player can play tank alone. This method provides user the feeling of being on a real tank while being casual. It's fast tempo play maximizes the fun of multiplay based shooting game||USD 538,500||- Securing early game users by selecting Oculus Featured (As of January 2022, 3 Oculus Featured games recorded 1.5 billion won as monthly sales) - top 10 games in Oculus Store - Additional development for DLC that includes expansion of tanks and maps(DLC is business model that is sufficiently verified in console games such as PlayStation and Xbox) - After signing an NDA with META, cooperation in content development is in progress.|
|MUMO STUDIO |
|www.dubium.com||MUMO Studio was founded by a team of game industry veterans who worked on about 20 titles in total from each ones' previous career. DUBIUM is the first independent title created by the studio.||USD 3 Mil||- Raised over $3M from top-tier industry VCs - Co-founders are industry veterans with prior successful product - Approx 60K in cinematic trailer viewership on its announcement Day 1 - Over 80 DUBIUM-related contents were published in 25 countries regarding announecement - conducted Closed Beta Test on Steam last December. 1K players played in CBT and 90 of contents creator participated during the CBT.|
|Birdletter Inc. |
|www.birdletter.com||"VILLAINS : Robot Battle Royale - Combine Villain and Robot to be the last victor!” Welcome to HELLywood where all the villains are battling to be the baddest. You have 5 minutes to survive among 24 real-time players in a shrinking battlefield! Choose a Villain and Robot to build up your own battle tactics. Collect items and skills to level up your villains.||USD 10Mil||Will Launch in 2023 1Q|
|Pixelity Games Inc. |
Genre: VR(Oculus, STEAM)
|https://pixelitygames.com/||The Patcher is a multiplayer action VR game featuring large-scale shooting battles and tactical elements utilizing weapons and skills in PvE, PvP, or even PvPvE situations. With a storyline where arch-rival factions, Junkmol and Skymagg, fight over their ideology in a post-apocalyptic world, The Patcher open beta offers three different game modes: Deathmatch, Boss Raid, and Battlefield. Deathmatch is a 4v4 PvP game mode. Players can join either the Junkmol or Skymagg faction to battle against each other. Battlefield lets players hunt a wide variety of monsters and obtain rare items for enhancing weapons, and players can practice with their weapons while waiting for the Boss Raid or Deathmatch queue. One of the main features of The Patcher is the Boss Raid mode, a large-scale combat mode in 4v4 with PvPvE. Both camps clash with each other while the giant boss Tantalus is in the center attacking both sides. Accordingly, new tactics and strategies are essential due to the unique circumstances.||USD 3.8M||- Obtained a patent with minimizing VR diziness technology - Has experience to release VR games on 7 platorm stores - “Rise of the Fallen” won Grand Prize at the Digital Innovation Awards hosted by the Ministry of Science and ICT - “Rise of the Fallen” won the Grand Prize (Killer Content) at the VR/AR Creative Audition hosted by GCA - "The Patcher" participated in Steam Next Fest 2021 - From Kickstarter crowdfunding, over 120% funding succeeded|
|https://loadstars.co.kr||Our project is a survival strategy game that constantly forces you to choose to survive in the zombie apocalypse universe. The unique stage progression and battles are a new type of game that you have never experienced before, and we are confident that the ||USD 470,000||- Starting with G-Star in 2020, we have participated in game events every year and we were selected as an excellent game.|
|https://www.darkeden.com||After the company was founded in 1999, Started developing 2D MMORPG online game Dark Eden. This game has the title of the world's first horror game, In July 2002, Dark Eden Game was launched. It is a game that has been consistently loved for about 20 years, and various mobile and PC games are being developed through Dark Eden IP.||-||- Exciting storyline (vampires) - Low capacity (2GB) - Easy game play - Low-spec PC can be driven - More than 5 million members - Cumulative sales of over 90 billion won - OSMU business is possible through IP - Achieved over 90 billion in sales - More than 5 million users|
|https://ngelgames.co.kr/||"True Gamers Save the World" - NGELGAMES has more than 10 years of experiences. Our goal is to continue to deliver creative games and achieve a new milestone as a developer and publisher. We have partnered with companies around the world to create new business opportunities and expand market to reach a global audience.||USD 10Mil||- Lord of Dice (Jan 2013) - Over 3 million downloads & $15 million in revenue. (Global) - Hero Cantare (Jan 2019) - Over 3 million downloads & $25 million in revenue. (Global) Ranked 1st ‘Popular RPG’ on both Google Play and Apple App Store (KR, NA, EU, TW, JP) - Tower of God M (Apr 2022) - Over 1 million downloads & $10 million in revenue during first 100 days since launch (KR) - Ranked 1st ‘Popular Game’ on both Google Play and Apple App Store (KR); Ranked 6th ‘Top Grossing’ on Google Play (KR); Ranked 3rd ‘Top Grossing’ on Apple App Store (KR) -WonderUs - Signed a publishing deal with Smilegate Megaport|
|Action Square Co., Ltd. |
|https://npcx.ai/||Action Square's mission is to develop action-packed games for everyone to enjoy. Our first mobile ARPG game "Blade" was a major success in the Korean market. Since then, we've moved on to develop a sequel called "Blades of Three Kingdoms” and have several new projects under development for various platforms like Steam and Xbox. ANVIL is a multiplayer co-op top-down sci-fi roguelike action shooter where you control characters called Vault Breakers to explore various galaxies that are crawling with monsters. Find relics inside Vaults to increase Breaker's ability to survive and fight on this godforsaken galaxy. Take on the role of a Vault Breaker in search of alien artifacts called “Vaults” and fight against monsters and powerful bosses. You can strengthen your Breakers to explore far-away galaxies that no one has ever reached!||USD 45 Mil|
|Coding&Play Inc. |
|https://www.playcogry.com/en/||COGRI : Let's code, my friend! (Project J-AR markerless type) - A total of 288 algorithm coding games are composed of 24 levels by digitizing existing coding and play offline teaching tools and textbooks. Each level consists of 4 coding story episodes, 4 unplugged 2D games, and 8 AR coding games. And it is an AR augmented reality coding education game app consisting of a test stage where you can test computing thinking skills (C.T.) at the end of a coding game at one level. The content is differentiated by making it a coding education content of coding and play that has already been verified in the offline market. There is a difference in the educational method that can be immersed and fun alone without the help of an expensive teaching material teacher. In addition, it is a service that differentiates the evaluation method by evaluating the computational thinking (C.T.) in five areas presented by the Ministry of Education at each level and sharing achievement on the app and the web.||USD 0.8 Mil||- Launching in Oct. 2022|
|https://www.weaveractive.com/||Our company makes games targeting various genres and platforms with advanced next-gen graphics. We were announced as one of the recipients of the Epic MegaGrants program in 2020 and released our first game, "KEEP OUT" through STEAM in 2021. After being selected as a government support program for two consecutive years, we're still working on game development.||USD 230,000||- 2020 EPIC GAMES MEGA GRANTS RECIPIENT - 2021 "KEEP OUT" release (STEAM, STOVE INDIE) - "KEEP OUT" gameplay videos on YouTube, Twitch, etc. with over 30 million views - 3000 copies sold|
|SKYWALK GAMES||skywalkgames.com||We are producing and publishing mobile games in a variety of genres. Having multiple studios expertized in female theme adventures, puzzles, and RPG, SKYWALK aims to succeed as the ultimate gaming network and the excellent brand of mobile gaming. We serve games and satisfy players with high quality, without any commercial advertisement in games for global users.||USD 1.4 Mil||In 2021, SKYWALK completed 10 projects on board. Recorded a million new coming users yearly by 2021. In 2021, SKYWALK accomplishes US$2.3million of revenue, which is 50% of growth rate year on year. Remarkably, 90% of its revenue comes from abroad. SKYWALK is showing growth every years steeply, only in three years, both in revenue and the number of users. 942,674 users have started to use SKYWALK’s service and products in 2021, it was increasing of 130% year on year.|