South Korean publisher and chat app giant Kakao has confirmed that it’s reviewing a bid for rival games company Nexon.
It’s not clear exactly what Kakao wants from any deal, though it would certainly represent a significant expansion of its games business.
Should that be a firm like Tencent, which is also said to be in the running to acquire the publisher, it would increase China’s already strong influence over the country’s sector.
Last month it was revealed that Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju is looking to sell his controlling stake (98.64 per cent) in the company, believed to be worth around $8.9 billion.
A number of suitors have been touted, including South Korean Lineage II publisher Netmarble, which has thrown its hat into the ring. It’s worth noting that Tencent already has stakes in both Kakao and Netmarble.
Kakao Games has made a number of investments in the last year, with $16.8 million pumped into esports developer Neptune.