Table: Korean Gaming: A Brief History
Nexon develops the world's first multiuser graphic game, Nexus.
Online gamers total 3.7 million; game sales $2.3 million.
The popularity of intergalactic-conquest game StarCraft fuels the spread of PC salons. Sales: $4.6 million.
At-home broadband service to households drives sales to $15.5 million. Players: 7.2 million.
Lineage game makes NCsoft a phenomenal success; number of PC parlors tops 20,000. Industry sales: $148 million.
Korean games move overseas. Sales expected to rise to $225 million.
Data: BusinessWeek, Korea Game Promotion Center