Submitted by Mister428 999d ago | news

Sony is now the 2nd biggest shareholder in DeNA (the company behind Mobage)

Sony Corp now directly owns 11.75% of DeNA stock, making them the second biggest shareholder (after DeNA founder Tomoko Namba with 13.09%) of the company that runs Japanese mobile social network Mobage, according to a financial report submitted to the Kanto financial affairs bureau on January 11, the Nihon Keizai Shinbun reports.

Titles on Mobage’s mobile social gaming service in Japan include Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, CardCaptor Sakura, Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls and, er, Super Bride Wars.

Outside of Japan, DeNA also has subsidiaries in the US and China that administer the Mobage service in those territories. (DeNA, Industry, Mobage, Mobile, Sony)

jujubee88  +   1000d ago
Oh, whoa!
If Sony manages to acquire Mobage, they could fold those developers, technology, and user base into their Playstation Mobile strategy. Than, people can get old and new Mobage game content straight to PSM.

There are a few Mobage games on the iOS app store already (search for mobage and you should see a few).

I hope Sony is smart and acquires Mobage as social and mobile will def keep on booming in Japan and elsewhere.
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JoGam  +   999d ago
Believe me, Sony is smart and has some thing up their sleeve.
DivineAssault  +   999d ago
no no NO! Sony is going bankrupt remember?! Theyre DOOMED! *sarcasm*
JoGam  +   999d ago
no no NO! Sony is going bankrupt remember?! Theyre DOOMED! *sarcasm*

LMAO...That made me laugh outloud. BUBBLES!
GreenRanger  +   999d ago
Sony will acquire this company because it'll help a lot when then release the second Vita. (a.k.a. Xperia Play 2)
GreenRanger  +   999d ago
@ disagrees
Mark my words, Sony will not release another handheld.
They should have just released a powered up Xperia Play (with better controls) and gave it free with contracts in the first place.
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nirwanda  +   999d ago
I agree phones and tablets have taken over mobile gaming
Kur0  +   999d ago
@nirwanda is that why the 3DS has sold 30m in just 2 years?
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sway_z  +   999d ago

Finally someone with sense!!!

Sony didn't have to make their own portable with Vita...and Sony shouldn't make anymore handhelds either...Sony should make their back catalogue available on tablets, smart phones...and yes dare I say it....competing handhelds!

Its a total waste of resources for Sony to produce their own handhelds in todays market!!

...But people rarely agree with me on that...but most of these people have zero business acumen, so no real surprise.

Vita successor is a non starter...Gaikai is Sony's trump card!


Slightly of topic...

As for Xbox branding in Japan > MS needs to license Nextbox to other well respected manufacturers for Japanese market eg. Samsung, Panasonic etc so that it carries both names...that's the only way Japan will embrace a MS console.
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fOrlOnhOpe57  +   999d ago
The mobile phone industry is where Sony can really start to rebuild the company's fortunes and reputation.
The new xperia z looks to be a great start against samsung and Apple.
nirwanda  +   999d ago
They need to get a close relatonship with nvidia if they want to success in the mobile industry if the had a 6 month exclusivity every time they release a new tegra chip they would soon be bigger than samsung as the best mobile games are now optimized with tegra in mind
r21  +   999d ago
Oh yeah the Xperia Z looks awesome and the OS seems so smooth. Plus its water proof :D
sway_z  +   999d ago
3DS is extremely low powered compared to Vita, the 3DS price is attractive to consumers everywhere...

Vita is like a high spec PC compared to 3DS, so of course 3DS sold a lot more...

But look at 3DS games...certainly not what I would call prolific and certainly not for the hardcore.

Everyone wants powerful hardware, but nobody wants to pay for it (Vita) ....Swings & roundabouts
chukamachine  +   999d ago
3DS has sold because when it reached the correct price point, original ds owners jumped ship.

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