, the creator of the action-based MMOs Dragon Nest
, recently invested a significant amount of money in the Hong Kong-based social-gaming developer 6waves Lolapps
. Gamasutra quotes Nexon CEO Seung-woo Choi
as saying, "We made this investment because we believe that 6waves Lolapps places the same value that we do in providing exciting games to our players and driving growth for the company by doing so."
There is no direct link between this partnership and Nexon's announcing that its flagship MMO MapleStory
will be spun off into a Facebook game called Maplestory Adventures
, but 6Waves CEO Rex Ng
believes the relationship between the two gaming companies can only benefit the player with great content and adventures in the long run.
This news comes on the coattails of another MMO developer, NCSoft
, buying a smartphone application developer
. The MMO space is expanding well beyond the at-home PC. The MMO gaming industry is integrating itself into more and more aspects of our daily lives, stretching the definition of "living world."