[MUD-Dev] First Everquest Server Closure?

Daniel.Harman at barclayscapital.com Daniel.Harman at barclayscapital.com
Thu Dec 4 13:50:14 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003


From: Harman, Daniel: IT (LDN)

> I was chatting to a friend in Everquest last night, and he
> mentioned that the Korean server was being closed down. I
> can't find anything about it on the web, but if the report is
> accurate this is the first EQ server to close.

> Apparently characters from that server are being relocated to
> one of their choice.

> Does anyone know anymore about it? It would interesting to
> know the cause.

Managed to find this with the help of Jeremy Noetzelman:

--<cut>--
  Wednesday November 12, 3:05 PM
  Korean Game Provider Ncsoft Drops Everquest, Shining Lore
    SEOUL, Nov 12 Asia Pulse - Leading South Korean online game
  provider NCsoft Corp. said today it will take two online game
  services off the market as part of its business realignment
  efforts.

  The demise of the two games, Everquest and Shining Lore, will
  inflict developing and marketing losses of some 20 billion won
  (US$17 million) on the Seoul-based company.

  "The losses will be reflected in our four-quarter balance sheet,"
  said an NCsoft spokesman. "We were trying to keep the two games
  running but developers think gamers are less enthusiastic."

  He added that the company would cease services of the multiplayer
  games by the end of the year.

  NCsoft is also the provider of "Lineage," the world's most
  successful online game.

  (Yonhap)
--<cut>--

Did it never really take off in Korea then?

Dan
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