Battlegrounds Mobile India company Krafton has announced that it has a new CEO for the country. It reveal to the South Korean media that Sean Hyunil Sohn is its India CEO. He previously served as Krafton’s Head of Corporate Development.
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Considering Krafton’s intense focus on investing in India, Sohn’s promotion makes sense. Particularly as the company has plans to branch out above and beyond the games business.
Sohn did say that Krafton was looking to invest in the broader tech space, beyond gaming when it led a fund round for Indian game streaming platform Loco.
“At Krafton, we believe gamers appetite is only increasing in consuming live video game content and Loco is best placed in India to provide a world class game streaming platform and it has built a passionate community around itself,” he said in a prepared statement at the time. “Krafton plans to keep investing heavily not just in gaming, but also tech, media, and other related areas to support and participate in the growth of these sectors in India.”
Furthermore, if we look past India, there seems to be a concerted effort from Krafton to expand the narrative aspects of its own IP what with bringing Dead Space co-creator Glen Schofield on board to lead development on The Callisto Protocol, which is set in the PUBG universe. Having access to a repository of stories could make the game development process all the more easier.
All of this comes at a time when Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India is the nation’s biggest game with 46 million downloads and en route to 50 million downloads soon, incentivising existing users to help it hit that milestone.
While Battlegrounds Mobile India is on Android only for now, Krafton’s notes suggest an iOS release is on the way.
“We are preparing for all Indian players to receive rewards regardless of their OS,” reads one of the terms on the company’s site, hinting we could get an iOS release date soon.