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Pearl Abyss

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Pearl Abyss is a video game development studio based in Anyang, South Korea. Daeil Kim founded the company in September 2010.[1]

The company’s debut game was the PC game Black Desert Online which is an open-world action massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Pearl Abyss made their KOSDAQ debut on September 14, 2017.[2][3]

Pearl Abyss
Type
Public
ISIN🆔
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded 📆September 2010; 10 years ago (2010-09)
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️,
Anyang
,
South Korea
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Daeil Kim (Chairman), Kyung In Jung (CEO)[4]
Products 📟 Black Desert Online, “Black Desert Mobile”
Members
Number of employees
🌐 Websitepearlabyss.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Company[edit]

Daeil Kim, a former developer with Hangame and NHN Gaming, formed Pearl Abyss in 2010 as to build and began development of Black Desert Online.[5][6][7]

Pearl Abyss’s main office is located in Anyang, South Korea. The company currently a branch office in Taiwan that was established in November 2016. The company develops their games on a proprietary 3D game engine.[8] [9]

On September 14, 2017, the company launched its initial public offering (IPO) on KOSDAQ, one of South Korean's stock exchanges. At the time, the publisher stated that lifetime revenue from Black Desert was over US$300 million and outlined plans for expansion to additional regions and platforms.[10] By January 2018, following the IPO, the company shared had doubled, with Kim's own valuation growing past US$1.1 billion and placing him in Bloomberg Billionaires Index.[11]

On September 6, 2018, Pearl Abyss announced it had acquired CCP Games, the developers and publishers of EVE Online, for about US$425 million. CCP's development studios remain as their on as part of the acquisition, while CCP's publishing and marketing functions will be integrated into Pearl Abyss.[12]

Games[edit]

Black Desert Online[edit]

Black Desert Online currently being serviced in 150 countries.

Black Desert Mobile[edit]

Pre-registration for Black Desert Mobile started on November 23, 2017.[13]

The game launched in Korea on February 28, 2017.[14]

Black Desert (Console)[edit]

The Xbox One Version of Black Desert will be released in 2018. Playstation 4 version has been confirmed and is in the works.[15][16]

New Projects[edit]

Pearl Abyss have been working on 4 new projects.[17] Counter-Strike creator Minh Le is working on one of the new upcoming projects named Project K.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. Yoon, Sung-won (5 September 2017). "Pearl Abyss aims at W1 tril in market cap". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  2. Son, Ji-hyoung (October 29, 2017). "'Black Desert' maker Pearl Abyss to go public on Sept. 14". The Investor. The Korea Herald. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  3. Lee, Yoojung (January 5, 2018). "South Korea Has a New Online Gaming Billionaire". Bloomberg. Bloomberg. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. "Black Desert Online passes $300M in revenue". Gamasutra. Gamasutra. 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
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  6. "从战斗到战争!访《黑色沙漠》开发商CEO". 17173.com. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. (in Chinese)
  7. Park, Kyung-Min (13 September 2013). "R2 C9의 김대일 PD, 신규개발사 펄어비스로 컴백". inven. Retrieved 19 October 2013. (in Korean)
  8. Altay, Erhan (19 September 2017). "BLACK DESERT ONLINE: MMORPG DEVELOPMENT DONE RIGHT". Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  9. "Black Desert: A Revolution in the Making". Free MMOstation. March 13, 2014. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  10. McAloon, Alissa (September 14, 2017). "Black Desert Online passes $300M in revenue". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  11. Lee, Yoojung (January 4, 2018). "South Korea Has a New Online Gaming Billionaire". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  12. Kerr, Chris (6 September 2018). "Pearl Abyss acquires EVE Online creator CCP Games for $425 million". Gamasutra. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  13. "Black Desert Mobile has started pre-registration in Korea". Gamer Braves. November 23, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  14. Marasigan, Marc (February 28, 2018). "Black Desert Mobile Goes Live in South Korea Later Today". MMOs.com. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  15. Garst, Aron (June 14, 2018). "'Black Desert Online' Brings High Fantasy MMORPG Action to Xbox One". Variety. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  16. "Black Desert gets Xbox One beta later this year". Polygon. June 10, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  17. Royce, Bree (September 12, 2017). "Pearl Abyss is Building Four More MMOs as Black Desert Swells to 7.65M Registered Users". Massively Overpowered. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  18. Palumbo, Alessio (April 3, 2018). "Counter-Strike Co-Creator Minh 'Gooseman' Le Joins Pearl Abyss To Work on New Project". Wccftech. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  19. Stöffel, Jürgen (June 25, 2018). "Project K wird ein MMO-Shooter vom Black-Desert-Team – Erste Bilder!". MeinMMO. Retrieved July 10, 2018.

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