WEBTOON will establish a new European company, strengthening the company’s position as a leader in the European digital comics market


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WEBTOON is currently the leading digital comics platform in the world and Europe, with local services for French, Spanish and German.

About 200 new digital comics will be added to the French WEBTOON platform this year, along with 100 new comics coming to the German platform.

LOS ANGELES & SEOUL, South Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WEBTOON will establish a new European company, expanding its presence in the region and solidifying its position as Europe’s No. 1 digital comics market and the most world’s largest digital comic platform. The new European company WEBTOON will be based in France.

WEBTOON has built a global ecosystem for digital comics, helping local European comic creators reach a new generation of fans around the world. WEBTOON first entered the European market in 2019, establishing French and Spanish WEBTOON services, followed by a German service in 2021. The new WEBTOON company will add to the company’s international business hubs in key markets , including its headquarters in North America and its offices in Korea and Japan.

WEBTOON’s European venture will allow the company to continue accelerating the European ecosystem for creators and fans of digital comics. The company will also expand its local content programs, adding new creators and series to the platform. WEBTOON plans to add around 200 new series in French and 100 new series in German this year. The new series will include content from local creators, as well as translated global hits from some of WEBTOON’s biggest creators in Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Other initiatives for local European digital comics creators include a new competition for French creators coming in July 2022. A major initiative of the 2021 Creators Competition attracted 1,200 local French applicants. In Germany, WEBTOON will also launch a CANVAS platform – it’s a platform for user-generated digital comics – for German creators later this year, helping the company discover and support more artists. of German digital comics. The company will also strengthen its competitive capabilities, adding new local teams and expanding its work with local publishing partners.

Junkoo Kim, Founder and Global CEO of WEBTOON said, “The European digital comics market is poised for incredible growth, as a diverse new generation of comic book fans and creators discover WEBTOON. By creating a European company, we will continue to expand our presence and leadership position in Europe, growing the community of WEBTOON creators and passionate fans across the EU.

WEBTOON has seen continued growth over the past year, recently announcing record user numbers, which surpassed 82 million monthly active users (MAUs) in January 2022, a growth of 10 million users since January 2021. Daily active users (DAUs) of WEBTOON’s English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Thai services also hit record highs. The company also revealed an increase in paid monthly transactions, surpassing 100 billion won in January 2021.

According to data from data.ai (formerly App Annie), WEBTOON’s French and German services each rank #1 in monthly active users and sales among webtoon/comic apps on Google Play and Apple’s App Store in February this year. year.

WEBTOON digital comics have grown in popularity in recent years. The company’s high-profile 7FATES: CHAKHO series, in collaboration with BTS, surpassed 15 million views in two days after its release earlier this year, setting a viewing record among new releases.

A growing number of streaming and Netflix adaptations – including We’re All Dead, Hellbound, Love & Leashes and Sweet Home – have catapulted WEBTOON into the mainstream. The weekly views of All USA Is Dead on WEBTOON increased approximately 80 times after the Netflix series began airing in January.

About WEBTOON:

WEBTOON® is the world’s largest digital comics platform, home to some of the biggest comics artists, IPs and fandoms. As the global leader and pioneer of the mobile webcomic format, WEBTOON has revolutionized the comic book industry for fans and comic book creators. Today, a diverse new generation of international comic artists have found their home on WEBTOON, where the company’s storytelling technology enables anyone to become a creator and build a global audience for their stories.

With a huge catalog of amazing digital comics from rising stars on the WEBTOON CANVAS platform and a growing list of superstar WEBTOON Originals creators, there’s something for every type of comic book fan on WEBTOON. With an average of over 82 million monthly active users and WEBTOON adaptations on Netflix, HBO Max and other screens around the world, passionate WEBTOON fandoms are the new face of pop culture. The company has worked with DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, HYBE and many more of the world’s biggest entertainment brands.

The WEBTOON app is free to download on Android and iOS devices.

Kiel Hume

Global Public Relations and Communications Manager, WEBTOON Brands

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1-416-908-3604

Source: WEBTOON

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