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Nexon Invests in Former Zynga COO’s New Studio

nexon380Tokyo-based game studio Nexon — best known to some U.S. players as the publisher of the free-to-play MapleStory games — has invested in Shiver Entertainment, a new games studio headed up by ex-Zynga COO and Tiburon Entertainment founder John Schappert, the companies announced today. The amount of the cash equity investment was not disclosed.

Nexon has also nominated its own CFO, Owen Mahoney, to join Shiver’s board. The company has previously invested in two other American studios, SecretNewCo (led by another ex-Zynga, Brian Reynolds) and Rumble Entertainment. Partnering with Miami-based Shiver may aid Nexon’s push into Western markets.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik