Game giant Nexon founder Kim dies aged 54

Nexon logo on display at corporate office in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Nexon is displayed at the corporate office in Tokyo, Japan on November 16, 2020. REUTERS / Issei Kato

March 1, 2022

SEOUL (Reuters) – The billionaire founder of gaming giant Nexon Co Ltd, Kim Jung-ju, has died at the age of 54, parent company NXC Corp said on Tuesday.

Tokyo-listed Nexon was founded in 1994 by Kim and became one of the largest game developers and publishers, with popular online games such as MapleStory and KartRider.

“Kim Jung-ju, director of NXC and founder of Nexon, passed away in the United States late last month,” the company said.

It said Kim “was being treated for depression and it seems to be getting worse recently” but did not elaborate on the cause of death.

(Reported by Joori Roh; edited by Jason Neely) Game giant Nexon founder Kim dies aged 54

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