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A History of Korean Gaming

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조이맥스 Joymax

Founded:

April 10, 1997

Status:

active

Key People:

:
CEO (1997-2010)
박관호 Park Kwanho:
CEO (August 2010-March 2011)
서수길 Seo Sookiel:
CEO (August 2010-March 2011)
김남철 Kim Namcheol:
CEO (March 2011-December 2012)
:
CEO (December 2012-present)

Website:

www.joymax.co.kr


Joymax' founder Jeon Chanwoong had originally studied Computer Information Systems at Vancouver Douglas College, before he learned of Digipen opening a course in video game programming. He enrolled in the first course in 1994 and graduated in 19961. His project at the school was supposedly a SNES game called "Cave of Nevar." Back in Korea he won a prize at a programming contest held by GM Entertainment with a little game called "Super Pong".2

He stated that he found the AI programming in real-time strategy games the most inspiring, and thus he founded his own company to develop some in 1997. After decent successes with some games that uncanningly resembled StarCraft, Joymax kept going through the years with simpler license-based games. Finally the company successfully entered the online game market with Silk Road Online, and had particular success by offering global service as an online game publisher for several games, starting in early 20063.

However, on June 4th, 2010 Jeon Chanwoong sold his stock in the company to Wemade Entertainment4. Originally it was expected that he would continue to lead the R&D of the company while Wemade's Kim Namcheol would take over management, but no more than a month later he took his leave5. In 2011, Joymax bought a stock majority of developer IO Entertainment (Lost Saga)6


Games

파이날 오딧세이 (Final Odyssey) - Windows (January 1999)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Kama Entertainment

Genre:

Strategy


Final Odyssey (Windows)



아트록스 (Atrox) - Windows (December 20, 2000)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

OK Interactive

Genre:

Strategy


Atrox (Windows)



탱구와울라숑 (Tangoo & Ullashong) - Windows (July 21, 2001)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Joymax

Genre:

Action: Single Screen

Theme:

Wacky


Tangoo & Ullashong (Windows)



탱구와 울라숑 2: 변신응가맨! 샤샤를 구출하라!! (Tangoo & Ullashong 2: Byeonsin Eungaman! Syasya-reul Guchul-hara!!) - Windows (December 5, 2002)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Joymax

Genre:

Action: Single Screen

Theme:

Wacky


Tangoo & Ullashong 2 (Windows)



야인시대 (Yain Sidae) / Age of Wanderer - Windows (January 19, 2003)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Joymax

Genre:

Beat-'em-Up

Theme:

Korean History
Licensed


Age of Wanderer (Windows)



요랑아 요랑아 (Yorang-a Yorang-a) / Yorang, Little Fox - Windows (August 15, 2003)

Cover

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Joymax

Genre:

Platforming


Yorang, Little Fox (Windows)



실크로드 온라인 (SilkRoad Online) - Windows (November 29, 2004 [open beta]; March 17, 2005)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Yahoo! Korea
Neowiz (Pmang)

Genre:

MMORPG

Theme:

Fantasy: Far East


Silk Road Online (Windows)

Silk Road Online (Windows)



범피크래쉬 (Bumpy Crash) - Windows (January 13, 2010 [open beta]; January 27, 2010)

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

GameOn

Genre:

Action: Arena


Bumpy Crash (Windows)



실크로드-W (Silk Road-W) - Browser (TBA)

Artwork

There is no description for this game yet. If you happen to own/have played it and want to contribute, please get in touch on the forums.

Quick Info:

Developer:

Joymax

Publisher:

Joymax

Genre:

Strategy

Theme:

Fantasy: Far East


Silk Road-W (Windows)

Silk Road-W (Windows)



Unreleased Titles:

Superion (1999)

Tangoo & Ullashong GP32 (2002)


References
1. ZDNet Korea 7/21/2009
2. PC Champ 11/1998, page 255
3. iNews 24 - Interview with Jeon Chanwoong 5/20/2008
4. ZDNet Korea 6/4/2010
5. ZDNet Korea 7/8/2010
6. EDaily News 3/24/2011


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