Well, looks like the world didn’t end on us, so that means life–and business–must go on! With that said, let’s take a look back on 2012 before talking about what’s to come in 2013.
2012 has definitely been a good year for us here at MangaGamer. The number of fans registered with our website has continued to grow, not to mention our overall sales and income. And that’s just on the digital side of our business. Between this increase in overall sales and the expansion of our hard-copy lineup, a lot more of our games are starting to turn a profit, and that means more opportunities for us in the coming years. Speaking of which, guess what the 10 most popular games were in total overall 2012 sales on our website? (Note: This ranking does not include any hard-copy sales.)
This year we were proud to add DEARDROPS, Harem Party, Koihime Musou, We Love Master, and Shuffle to our list of hard-copy offerings. If you haven’t ordered a copy for your collection yet, then what are you waiting for? We really hope everyone enjoys the pick set that’s printed with DEARDROPS. It took us a lot of work getting everything arranged for that to happen. Naturally, we plan to continue expanding our hard-copy offerings in the new year as well, and we hope you’ll enjoy them too!
Speaking of hard copies, thanks to our expanded lineup of hard-copies, we’ve been able to start attending more conventions all across America as a result. This year in 2012 we were able to attend Sakuracon and New York Comic Con in addition to our regular appearances at Anime Expo and Otakon, sales on the hard copies has certainly been doing well at all of them, so you can expect to see us at even more conventions in 2013! Which ones? Well, that’ll be listed in our post looking forward.
That being said, our hard-copy lineup and convention coverage isn’t the only thing that’s expanded in 2012. As our lineup has started bringing in more sales, we’ve been able to expand our staff and its capabilities quite a bit towards the end of the year. One of the biggest new additions to our staff in 2012 has been our new programmer, Doddler. Some of you may have read his previous post explaining a little of what he’s started doing for us, but his addition has definitely opened up a lot of new opportunities for us.
Though some of our partners in Japan such as Nexton, minori, and OVERDRIVE still insist on handling all the scripting in their games, his addition to our staff means that we now have someone focused on MangaGamer who can handle the scripting, porting, and bug-fixing of our new games for every company who doesn’t want to do it themselves. What this means for us, is that more companies are getting interested in localization since they don’t have to divert resources for it and that we can bring you those games much faster. (In fact, we just finished signing the contract with one such new company shortly before the end of the year!)
In addition to that, we’ve also added several new translators to our lineup. One of our newest to join me (Kouryuu) and Kou, is DragonSamurai55. Formerly part of the NNL team, he’s continued working with us after ef, helping to finish off the translation for Harukoi Otome as well as producing the translation for Slave Witch April and Tick Tack for us. We already have more titles in queue for him to work on too! In addition to him, we’ve also added three other translators to help keep production lines moving. The fifth translator we’ve added to our staff this year only recently joined us in the past few months, but he goes by Yukkuri S. online. He’s done previous work with Kitty Media and Atlus, so we hope our fans will look forward to seeing his work too. But with all these new translators, who’s working on what now? Well, we certainly have plenty lined up for them, but that’s for another post.
As the year comes to a close we’re even starting to try out two new potential employees to help keep our localizations running smoothly as we continue to expand our operations in the coming year.
So, looking back, we can see that there’s been a lot of growth and expansion here at MangaGamer in 2012, and we hope to continue seeing even more as we head into the new year!