Nexon, based in Seoul and makers of the popular MapleStory MMO, is reportedly in talks with South Korean MMO developer JCE, best known for its Freestyle series of sports games.
Nexon would acquire a 35.44% stake in JCE were it to purchase shares from the company’s current largest shareholders. Analysts say that the deal would not necessarily make Nexon able to put JCE on as a subsidiary, however, unless a further agreement were reached with the rest of the company’s shareholders.
JCE is based on Seongnam and has been in business since 1994 and currently has offices in China and Japan with MMO titles released for play around the world. These include Warbible, Redmoon and its Freestyle series.
In recent years, Nexon has purchased several other companies in Korea, including Neople (Dungeon Fighter Online), Ndoors (Atlantica), and GameHi (Dekaron).