LawBreakers’ future in balance: Nexon blames PUBG

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Publisher Nexon appears to have “written off” LawBreakers after the multiplayer first-person shooter performed below expectations – which the company has blamed at least partially on the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The news emerged in Nexon’s third-quarter earnings report. Director and CFO Shiro Uemura said: “Our results in North America in the third quarter were below our outlook, mainly due to the sales from LawBreakers being below our expectations. We had very high expectations for its launch; however, the timing of its launch turned out to be unfortunate, specifically the blockbuster PC online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out right about the same time, making the market environment very tough for first-person shooters in general and for LawBreakers.”

Uemura added: “We had higher-than-planned expenses due to impairment losses on prepaid royalties related to LawBreakers,” but maintained that further impairment losses would not be accrued from LawBreakers, which effectively means it has written off the game, at least as far as its balance-sheet is concerned.

Exactly where that leaves LawBreakers in future is unclear. It doesn’t necessarily mean the game will be closed down – although maintaining servers and continuing to develop patches and updates will accrue costs. So realistically, while the game may struggle on for a while, it appears that its days are numbered. 

Expect Nexon to make announcements about LawBreakers’ future soon: we’ll bring you those when they emerge.