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Gamevil (or GAMEVIL, if you're reading the press release) is a South Korean mobile developer and publisher best known for the Zenonia series of action RPGs, among many others. Com2us (or Com2uS, likewise) is another South Korean mobile developer and publisher best known for the Homerun Battle series of sports games, among many others. Today Gamevil bought Com2us. Hooray for the happy couple.

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These companies are so similar that it's barely surprising that they're tying the knot. Both companies have been prolific with their Android games, releasing new titles on an almost weekly basis for years. Both companies tend to lean towards anime style, even in games where they don't really fit. And perhaps most notably, both companies have been leading the charge towards the free-to-play model. And by "leading the charge," I mean they've been running, jumping, diving, cartwheeling, and smashing past the barriers of tasteful restraint. If these two companies were actually getting married, the prenup would be written in terms of dual-currency in-app purchase schemes. You can see what I mean in this editorial, which was incidentally the last time we featured a Gamevil title on this site.

Neither company is saying how much the deal cost, though early reports indicate that the deal is in the range of around $65 million USD. The press release said that the social networks for Gamevil and Com2us ("Circle" and "Hub" respectively) will be leveraged for the benefit of the new conjoined corporation. Gamevil currently claims "over 300 million downloads" across all its games and platforms.

LOS ANGELES, CA- October 4, 2013- GAMEVIL today announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire Com2uS, a leading global mobile games developer and publisher. GAMEVIL has agreed to purchase shares and control from the majority shareholders on October 3rd. This agreement is especially meaningful, as both companies are known as one of the earliest and leading mobile gaming companies in the world based out of Korea, which is known for its specialties in development and operation capabilities.

GAMEVIL and Com2uS will leverage each other's expansive user base, 'GAMEVIL Circle' and 'Com2uS Hub', and will cooperate on portfolio strategy in order to increase competitiveness in the global market. GAMEVIL and Com2uS will continue its efforts to maintain its position as the top mobile gaming company in Korea and strive to become the top mobile gaming company in the world.

About GAMEVIL

GAMEVIL®, with over 300 million game downloads and experience publishing hundreds of games on multiple platforms, is one of the most active and innovative mobile game companies in the world. Established in 2000 and with offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul, GAMEVIL is an experienced global mobile game publisher working with more than 70 top studios around the world. With deep industry and regional knowledge, GAMEVIL has been able to craft numerous award winners through a diverse portfolio of games. Backed by unparalleled expertise in mobile, GAMEVIL continues to lead the sector with a commitment in establishing mobile gaming as a way of life.

GAMEVIL is currently listed on the KOSDAQ Market (Ticker: 063080, Bloomberg: 063080:KS, Reuters: 063080.KQ)

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    As far as I'm concerned this is a good thing...instead of watching out for two companies with terrible business practices, I'll only have to watch out for one...so good news for everyone

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Right there with ya. We pretty much started skipping most of Glu's, GAMEVIL's, and Com2uS' games. There are some great exceptions, but for the most part, they're all the same.

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        Its not called gamevil for no reason gamEvil

        EDIt: dammit they beat me to it

  • Drem

    Nice headline :D.

    • Jason Bailey

      Yes I almost spat out my coffee reading the headline lol

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    Like the article, and the game does sound interesting. But I must admit, it reminds me of other games.

  • Wayne Randall

    Is it, Game-Vil, or Gam-Evil.. I've always said the latter..

    • Greyhame

      I also always pronounced it Gam-Evil, but I think we're both off on that one. Although, you'd think if it was the former, it'd be spelled Gameville.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I've always said it as Game Ville.

        • Hal Motley

          My Korean friend said it was "Game-Ville", but I only read Gamevil. Evil! Actually Zenonia (the original) wasn't a bad game and the company wasn't evil with it at all. XD

      • Wayne Randall

        Exactly. Which is why my brain defaults to - Evil.

    • Phillip Huynh

      If you've ever played Zenonia 2, when the Gamevil logo pops up, there's a little voice that says "Game-ville", however, by now Gam-Evil would probably fit just fine.

  • Samvith V Rao

    Verily, a match made in heaven.

    • canvase

      but they both come from hell..

  • GraveUypo

    headline says it all

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I paid 5 gold coins but I never got what I paid for. 1 star. And I demand a refund.

    • Wayne Randall

      I don't have gold coins, but here are seven internets for fixing disqus on mobile. Thaaank you!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You got it. Over my cold dead body are they going to push that version through.

  • Jadephyre

    I always pronounced it as "Game-Evil" as they are just that :P

    • Wayne Randall

      Yeah, but in my head, it's the way Mermaid Man says it; "EVIL. EEEEVIIILLLL!!"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cONmzaT4x10

      • Jadephyre

        Yup, pretty much like that ;)

    • Primalxconvoy

      I honestly always read it as that to,, even before I knew who they were.

  • Someone on the internet

    What we can expect now?

    Always online drm bullshit, free to get but pay to play model and grind heavy to enforce buying stuff with real money. Good thing I stopped caring about their games for a while now.

  • MarthaJernigan

    My Aunty Elizabeth got a inexperienced black Nissan 370Z Convertible a minute ago
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  • Drill

    Gamevil/Com2uS merger result: Korea's no.1 iOS/Android game developer. End of story.

  • Anonymous

    I'm not happy about this. It's true that Com2uS and Gamevil are similar, but lately I haven't been fond of Gamevil's business practices (requiring internet access for every game, pay2win shoehorned into everything, asking for Superuser access, etc).

    • Chris P

      Superuser? Really?! Heck, I'm glad I don't use their crap... :S

  • beomagi

    That headline is AWESOME! :D