DomiNations, online game created by Timonium-based Big Huge Games, surpasses $100 million revenue

Online game DomiNations, developed by Timonium-based Big Huge Games, has surpassed $100 million in revenue and more than 32 million players, Japanese gaming company Nexon announced Thursday.

Nexon, which creates mobile and PC games, is trying to expand its consumer base beyond Asia through games in Western markets. Big Huge Games was acquired by Nexon in March 2016 and is a wholly owned subsidiary with 60 employees.

"Nexon games are well-established with millions of deeply engaged players in Asia," Owen Mahoney, Nexon president and CEO, said in the announcement. "The success of DomiNations in the U.S. and Europe is a proof point in our strategy for growing our business and engaging Western players."

Mobile multi-player game DomiNations was launched two years ago and has attracted new players by offering updates based on historic real-world eras. Big Huge Games had worked with Nexon since 2013, when it looked for help marketing and distributing new products. The companies launched DomiNations together.

Other Nexon games include MapleStory, launched 13 years ago in Korea, and Dungeon&Fighter, launched in 2005 in Korea. MapleStory has grown to 108 countries and 177 million players, while multi-player PC game Dungeon&Fighters, one of Nexon's top franchises, has reached 600 million players.

The Tokyo-based company pioneered the free-to-play business model in which users can buy in-game items to enhance their experience.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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