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Nexon founder Jung-ju Jay Kim has passed away at age 54


Jung-ju Jay Kim, founder of South Korean gaming company Nexon, has passed away at age 54. 
On Tuesday, Nexon’s holding company NXC released a statement: “With deep sadness, Nexon mourns the unexpected death of its beloved founder, Jungju Jay Kim, who passed away in February.”
His sudden death came as a big shock to South Korea’s gaming industry that sees Kim as an icon and a pioneer. The company did not disclose a cause of death. According to media reports, Kim had been undergoing treatment for depression, and his condition seemed to have worsened. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. 
Kim, who founded Nexon in 1994, pioneered the free-to-play PC and video gaming space and launched Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) in 1996. Its popular titles include The Kingdom of the Winds, MapleStory, KartRider, Mabinogi and Dungeon & Fighter. 
Kim stepped down from the CEO position at NXC after se …

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