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Nexon CEO not concerned about Chinese PC cafés closing

Nexon CEO not concerned about Chinese PC cafés closing

The CEO of Korean games firm Nexon Owen Mahoney says that it isn't worried about PC games cafés closing in regions like China.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the chief exec said that these closures hadn't had a huge impact on the company's business, saying that it doesn't rely on these locations.

PC cafés are a popular way of playing games in parts of Asia, including China and South Korea. Research from Interpret said that the amount of time spend in South Korea's PC games cafés had dipped by 25 per cent between February and April of this year. This is due to the on-going COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with people wanting to stay away from one another for fear of contracting the virus.

"[The closure of PC gaming cafés] was pretty much the only negative discernible thing that we had in our business," he said.

"Our China business came in as we expected, so it was definitely within our range. And we were affected to some extent by the closure of the PC cafes, but the bulk of our business is completely virtual. So it doesn't require a PC cafe to do, and we don't expect PC cafe closures to be a big part of things going forward. So there's some impact, but it's minor."


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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