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President Interview

I would like to begin by expressing my deepest gratitude for your kindness and continued support.

Since our foundation in 2002, GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. has been Japan’s only company dedicated to online gaming, targeting online services and expanding business operations just as the internet was growing in popularity.

Thanks to our proactive efforts in providing applications for the rapidly growing mobile market, titles like Puzzle & Dragons have been well received. This success has led to a shift in our core business model. The mobile application market has become our core segment and a major factor behind our record sales.

The ongoing evolution of internet functionality in various devices has created a vast network where extremely large amounts of information are consumed on a daily basis. The rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, in particular, have made it possible for people to utilize small moments of free time to read the news, communicate with others, and play games.

In the game industry, there are more ways than ever to enjoy games - regardless of the device used. In addition to this, the high level of penetration for mobile devices (especially smartphones) has created an even more competitive game market. This also means that the global growth of the mobile market has provided us with the perfect opportunity to share our games with a new international audience.

It’s in this very climate that we were able to create Puzzle & Dragons. This in-house IP and its one source, multi-use approach has brought significant growth to the company. Following this, we will continue to proactively deploy new titles across multiple platforms with an emphasis on mobile devices. We also recognize that we are positioned to create even greater business growth while we continue to secure a steady stream of revenue through our PC and console gaming efforts.

Led by the philosophy of always delivering joy and wonder to our customers, we will continue to maximize existing value and secure profits while we take on the challenge to create new value and become the world’s number 1 entertainment group.

Moving forward, we will fully utilize the technical and operational strengths we have developed over our years of online PC experience, combined with our strategic planning efforts that we honed in the mobile world, and our development strength which we gained in the console market. Standing on these three pillars, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to developing even more exciting new games while providing unprecedented value.

We are grateful for the ongoing and unwavering support of all our shareholders and investors. Kazuki Morishita President & CEO GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.

Kazuki Morishita President & CEO GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
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