SEOUL (Reuters) – Krafton Inc, the South Korean company behind blockbuster video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”, said on Wednesday its IPO would raise up to 5.6 trillion won ($5 billion) at the top of an indicative range, which would be a record for the country.
Krafton said in a regulatory filing it expected to offer 10 million shares, at an indicative range of 458,000-557,000 won per share.
At the top of the range, this would be South Korea’s largest listing, beating Samsung Life Insurance’s 4.9 trillion won IPO in 2010.
The pricing is expected to be decided in the coming weeks.
Krafton’s online multiplayer war-fighting game PUBG has sold 25 million copies on PC and game consoles, becoming one of the fastest-selling games since its launch in 2017.
Krafton is planning to release two new games this year based on the PUBG intellectual property (IP), including mobile game “PUBG: New State” and “Battlegrounds Mobile India” targeting the Indian market.
The company is also expanding to areas such as web-based cartoons, movies and animation, and developing a deep learning, AI business model targeting consumers.
South Korea is experiencing its hottest IPO market on record with analysts expecting at least 20 trillion won to be raised in 2021, or about four times above 2020 levels.
($1 = 1,117.1400 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Stephen Coates)