Nexon makes the popular online role-playing game MapleStory. Comcast is up against Amazon and Apex Legends maker Electronic Arts, which are also said to be in the mix. The news of Nexon's potential sale serves as a reminder that the entertainment landscape is rapidly changing. As companies look for the next big thing beyond music subscriptions, internet connections and selling you the next iPhone, video games may hold a key.
The $138 billion video game industry has produced cultural phenomena like the battle royale games Fortnite and Apex Legends and competitive sports franchises like Riot's League of Legends. Each of those games is free to download, but they charge extra for flair like a dance move or a different look for your character. And people are buying.