NTT Docomo To Open Etsy-like Handmade Marketplace In May

Docomo announced [J] on February 18.

The service D-creators will be a combination of a newly made handmade craft marketplace and user-generated novels/comics/photos provided by E-Everystar, joint cellphone web service by Docomo and DeNA.

The teaser site is already on.


Yahoo! Japan And DeNA Strengthen Its Business Alliances “As Well”

As I wrote yesterday on Yahoo! Japan-Gree’s business tie-up announcement. The new Yahooo! Japan board seems to be really good on diplomacy, timing two social game giants Gree and (DeNA’s) Mobage.

Today, DeNA announced a business collaboration expansion with Yahoo! Japan, which is similar with the Gree’s one on November 8th.

TOKYO – November 9, 2012 – DeNA Co., Ltd. (TSE: 2432) and Yahoo Japan Corporation (Yahoo! JAPAN, TSE: 4689) today announced that they have agreed to expand their existing business alliance for PC-based social games in Japan to include offerings for smartphones and other smart devices.

Through strengthening their alliance, DeNA and Yahoo! JAPAN will expand the range of their collaboration from PCs to smartphones and tablets, thereby responding to the rapid spread of smart devices in Japan. In addition, the companies plan to interconnect user IDs and loyalty point systems of their respective services on smartphones to explore further opportunities.

Yahoo! Mobage, the PC-based social game platform jointly operated by DeNA and Yahoo! JAPAN, had its two year anniversary on October 7, 2012. Yahoo! Mobage has grown into one of Japan’s largest PC-based social game platforms with more than 9 million registered users. The Yahoo! Mobage service is directly accessible from Yahoo! JAPAN, which currently has over 26 million active user IDs. The companies are also planning to continue their collaboration for Yahoo! Mobage, including joint development of PC games.

Will the next one be the rising Line? Or struggling Mixi to try to get favor from Yahoo! Japan to survive?

Comm – DeNA Enters Smartphone Call/Message Battlefield

DeNA, a Japanese web company runs a huge social gaming platform Mobage and mobile auction service Bidders, announced today that they had released a new messaging app/platform Comm.

It is a free call app by which you may call from/to 204 countries. The app also supports messaging with “stamps” and photo-sharing.

Different from Mobage, Comm is designed to be used by real name, according to the release.

[app id:564201961] No such application found. Maybe deleted? Embed iPhone/iPad App

[Update] English version of iPhone Comm now seems to be published. Exchanged the app link above from JP version to US. At this point, US App Store does not show the English version of the Comm.

On this free call apps, Naver Japan’s LINE has been showing amazing growth in Japan and other Asian countries, Yahoo! Japan announced to set up a joint-venture with Korea’s Kakao-talk.

DeNA Links To Twitter With Friend Referral Function

DeNA Inc. [J] has begun to link with Twitter with a friend introduction function on Mobage. [J]

As a result of this link, from now on Mobage users who have a Twitter account will be able to send a message or referral page URL which introduces friends to the game as a direct message to Twitter followers, from games installed with a friend introduction function.  Other than the friend introduction function, they will also henceforth be adding a function which gives you the option to post game activity and update history to Twitter.

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