Are Japanese developers broke?


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I disprove the whole “Japanese gaming is dead” narrative. This kind of shortcut shows at best self-sufficency and intellectual mediocrity. That said, such persistent talk doesn’t come from nowhere. So let’s not duck the issue and establish an impartial diagnosis. An increasing number of signs point to one thing : has Japan thrown the towel in the crazy race of today’s gaming industry?

One connotation of this is financial : do the Japanese have the means of their ambition? In fact, the fiscal year ended in March 2014 was fairly good in the land of the Rising Sun. As you can see on, Japanese shareholders are rubbing their hands. NamcoBandai’s media departement has experienced solid growth for 3 years, Sega reaps healthy profits despite tax assets depreciations, SquareEnix is back in green, Gung Ho’s business skyrockets, TecmoKoei has ordered the champagne, just like Falcom and NIS whose profits…

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