Video game holding company Krafton stumbled during its $3.8 billion initial public offering, which was South Korea’s biggest in more than a decade.
Shares of Krafton fell as much as 20% during its trading debut Tuesday after opening down 9.9% — the country’s worst IPO performance in 17 years.
The Tencent-backed company planned to raise at least $5 billion in June by selling 20% of its shares, valuing the company at $25 billion.
Following its market debut, the company closed with a valuation of around $19 billion.
Krafton has made a name for itself as the developer of online battle royale gaming hit “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” often referred to as “PUBG.”
- The game’s revenue reached $920 million in 2018, up from $220 million in 2017, when it first released.
- $790 million of 2018’s total revenue came from PC players.
- “PUBG Mobile” was the top mobile game in 2020 with $2.6 billion in revenue.
Shares of Krafton closed on Wednesday at $351 per share, down from its IPO price of $430.
Another factor in the poor showing: Regulators in the massive Chinese market are punishing video game companies for neither relinquishing exclusive rights nor reporting details of investments.
Still, Krafton is developing a “PUBG” sequel. The upcoming title has more than 25 million pre-registrations on the Google Play store. App Store registration opens at the end of August.