Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea – (work thread) – WEBTOON will establish a new European company, expanding its presence in the region and establishing itself as the number one player in the European digital comics market and the largest digital comics platform in the world. The new European company WEBTOON will be based in France.
WEBTOON has built a global digital comics ecosystem, 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 centers in markets including its headquarters in North America and its offices in Korea and Japan.
The EU WEBTOON will allow the company to continue accelerating the European ecosystem of digital comic book creators and fans. The company will also expand its local content programs, adding new creators and series to the platform. WEBTOON plans to add about 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 songs 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. The main initiative of the 2021 Creators Competition attracted 1,200 local French applicants. In Germany, WEBTOON will also launch CANVAS – a user-generated digital comics platform – for German creators later this year, helping the company discover and support more German digital comics artists. The company will also strengthen its competitive edge, add new local teams and expand its work with local publishing partners.
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WEBTOON has seen continued growth over the past year, most recently announcing record user numbers, which surpassed 82 million monthly active users (MAUs) in January 2022, an increase of 10 million users since January 2021. Daily active users (DAUs) of WEBTOON language services have reached all-time highs in English, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, and Thai. The company also revealed an increase in monthly prepaid transactions that topped 100 billion won in January 2021.
According to data from The Data (formerly App Annie), both French and German WEBTOON services ranked first in terms of monthly active users and sales among webtoon/comic book apps on Google Play and the App Store. ‘Apple in February this year.
WEBTOON digital comics have grown in popularity in recent years. The company’s highly publicized series 7FATES: CHAKHO, 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 live streams and Netflix adaptations — including We’re All Dead, Hellbound, Love & Leashes, and Sweet Home — thrust WEBTOON into the mainstream. The weekly views of All USA Is Dead on WEBTOON increased nearly 80 times after the Netflix series began airing in January.
WEBTOON® is the world’s largest digital comics platform and home to some of the greatest artists, intellectual property and comics authors. As the global leader and pioneer of the web-based mobile comics format, WEBTOON has revolutionized the comics industry for fans and comic book creators. Today, a diverse new generation of global comedy artists have found their home on WEBTOON, where the company’s storytelling technology empowers everyone to get creative and build a global audience for their stories.
With a huge catalog of great digital comics from rising stars on the WEBTOON CANVAS platform and a growing list of awesome WEBTOON Originals creators, there’s something for every type of comic book fan on WEBTOON. With over 82 million monthly active users and WEBTOON mods on Netflix, HBO Max and other screens around the world, WEBTOON’s ardent audiences are the new face of pop culture. The company has worked with DC Comics, Marvel Entertainment, HYBE and many of the biggest entertainment brands in the world.
The WEBTOON app can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS devices.