SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Nov 5, 2013

SoftBank taps lucrative game market

Supercell Oy started the year trying to break into the Japanese smartphone game market. By October, it had struck a deal with the nation’s second-richest man that valued the maker of “Clash of Clans” at $3 billion. The Finnish game-maker is seeking a bigger ...

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Oct 16, 2013

Softbank, GungHo snap up Finnish firm

Two Japanese companies have acquired control of the Finnish game company Supercell, creator of “Clash of Clans,” the Helsinki-based firm said Tuesday amid hopes of creating a global Nintendo-style brand. Softbank Corp. and GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. spent $1.5 billion to buy 51 percent ...

Softbank's Son on buying spree

Oct 16, 2013

Softbank's Son on buying spree

A day after Softbank Corp. said it was buying a majority stake in Finnish game maker Supercell, the company’s billionaire chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is at it again.

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

Sep 30, 2013

Son says quality of network 'is critical'

by Kazuaki Nagata

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son said Monday that providing a quality communications network will be even more critical now that all three major carriers are selling the iPhone. “The scene of the cellphone industry is changing,” Son said during an event unveiling Softbank’s winter-spring ...

DoCoMo's entry ups iPhone frenzy

Sep 20, 2013

DoCoMo's entry ups iPhone frenzy

by Kazuaki Nagata

The latest iPhone models hit store shelves Friday in Japan, drawing hordes of fans to retailers nationwide, while mobile giant NTT DoCoMo Inc. started selling the iconic handsets for the first time. Since Apple Inc. unveiled two new handsets, the iPhone 5S and 5C, ...