Gree Retreats from the West
Closing San Francisco, Melbourne, and Berlin Studios
Gree was founded in Japan back in 2004, but didn’t make a major swing into the international marketplace until 2011 with it’s group Gree International. Since then, it has had a pretty large impact in the west, partnering with Chinese publishing giant Tencent, buying studios like OpenFient and Funzio, and launching a handful of very strong titles. Even though a “downscaling” had begun earlier this year, the complete withdraw from the Western market comes as a bit of a surprise.
“We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has worked for or with Gree International since we founded operations there in 2011,” said Gree CEO Yoshikazu Tanaka, as reported by Venturebeat.
Gree International is well known for hit mobile titles like Knights & Dragons, Crime City, and the recently acquired Dragonsoul.
“We’re proud of the entertainment experiences we’ve launched in Western markets, and look forward to the next chapter as we focus on publishing our most successful Japanese titles in the West.”
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