Gamevil picks up another mobile studio

Everple's Monster Warlord
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

October 9th 2013 at 7:37AM

Korean mobile publisher acquires Nine Wheels just days after taking control of Com2uS

Gamevil has added another mobile developer to its ranks today with the acquisition of Nine Wheels and taken equity investments in Everple and DBROS.

The news comes just days after the Korean company gained control of one of its earliest competitors, Com2uS, and shows the publisher is serious about solidifying its stake in the global mobile games market.

Nine Wheels is best known for the city-builder Grape Valley, Everple has a sizeable following for collect-and-fight monster game Monster Warlord, and DBROS brings another city-builder to the table with Ocean Tales.

All three companies are mobile games developers that place a premium on social networking features, and Gamevil plans to work closely with them as they push into the global market.

"We're fortunate to have partnered with such a large and expanding mobile games publisher in GAMEVIL," stated Young Sun Kim, CEO Of Nine Wheels.

"Going forward, we will do all we can to make use of our synergy and partnership to increase our competitiveness in the global market."

The aim in these acquisitions isn't just growth; Gamevil's stated goal of expanding into the global market seems to mean the company wants to dominate the Korean industry to be sure of a steady base at home before taking on overseas competition.

The company already has a very competitive lineup of titles available on the App Store, which speaks well of its focus on acquiring or investing in studios with solid tech and talent working behind the scenes.