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NCSOFT Overview

San Mateo, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (036570)
Video Games
$10+ billion (USD) per year
NCSOFT, established in 1997 and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, quickly became a key leader in online games with the successful launch of its flagship product, Lineage.

NCSOFT West is responsible for multiple game services across the Americas, Europe ... Read more

Mission: To bring fun to everyone.

Company Updates

  • The world of Aion is coming to your phone on January 24th in the upcoming game Aion: Legions of War! With over 1.2 billion possible team combinations, Aion: Legions of War is taking hardcore Strategic RPGs on mobile to the next level.

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  • We have some exciting news! We are partnering with Harmonix to publish their upcoming game to PC and consoles. This partnership deal was spearheaded by our Corporate Development group, led by Michael Chang and we can’t wait to show off more!

    Harmonix and NCSOFT Enter Strategic Partnership for Multiplatform Publishing Deal

    BOSTON and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock Band ™ and DropMix ™ creators Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. and Lineage ® and Blade & Soul ® creators NCSOFT are entering into a strategic partnership to develop and release a new software-based game.

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NCSOFT – Why Work For Us?


NCSOFT, established in 1997 and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, quickly became a key leader in online games with the successful launch of its flagship product, Lineage. Today, NCSOFT’s reach has expanded to include offices worldwide including locations in Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The company operates many of the most successful and influential massively multiplayer online games on the market, games that have been enjoyed by tens of millions  of players around the world. By leveraging its expertise, talent, and infrastructure, NCSOFT has become one of the leading online gaming publishers in the world.

NCSOFT West is the organization responsible for all of NCSOFT’s initiatives across the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Comprised of incredible talent throughout the company including our world class Development Studios, best in class support infrastructure, and industry leading Publishing Organization, NCSOFT West is committed to bringing extraordinary games to passionate gamers in markets across the world.

In 2015, NCSOFT West is expanding its existing portfolio of Korean-developed games, which includes such critically-acclaimed games as Aion and Lineage II, by bringing the highly anticipated Blade & Soul to Western territories. Additionally, US-based titles such as WildStar and ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 are being developed in the West for release world-wide. Finally, with the creation of a new studio in San Mateo, NCSOFT is expanding into the mobile arena. Combined with positive growth in company leadership driving these initiatives forward, NCSOFT West is poised to continue its growth, investment, and leadership in the West through 2015 and beyond.


At NCSOFT we are dedicated to enriching our players' lives, and the world itself, with engaging and fun gaming experiences. In Asia, NCSOFT is already known as one of the top gaming and online companies in the region – our goal, over these next few years, is to establish and deserve the same reputation here in the West.

Our focus will remain on our players and on creating high-quality, fun, persistent, online gaming experiences for them to enjoy across a variety of platforms and in a variety of ways.

We are also heavily focused on our teams and people, on creating an environment where everyone can be excited to work each day and where we can push boundaries and innovate.  

Looking ahead, I’m optimistic about the impact games will have outside of the virtual world. Today, games engage users and teach concepts in ways that no other medium can parallel. I believe this will accelerate as we continue to see improvements in technology and delivery methods across existing gaming platforms and new areas such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, areas in which we as a company are pioneering research and dedicating study.

The future of the gaming industry, NCSOFT, and NCSOFT West looks very bright and I’m excited about the coming months and years, as we explore new technologies, platforms and ideas.

Songyee Yoon
NCSOFT West, Chief Executive Officer



At NCSOFT West, the key to our success is our employees. We foster that success by creating an environment that is creative, imaginative, and fun. We work together as a team to achieve goals, while focusing on personal and professional growth for each employee.

From family picnics, to outings at major sporting events and movie releases, to holiday parties, NCSOFT West creates fun not only for our players, but for our employees as well. We strive to create a laid-back and productive environment where employees can use their imagination and creativity to achieve incredible things. NCSOFT West is full of passionate people committed to delivering memorable gaming experiences while we strive to grow a world-class organization.

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    - Employee focused
    - Amazing benefits
    - Committed to the future


    - Middle management is very junior
    - Organization is very spread out

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions quicker on if products move forward. Many of the games that have been shut down were in development much too long before the tough decisions were made. Start small and if they don't work, fail fast. This will provide more opportunity for better products.

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NCSOFT Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Aliso Viejo, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at NCSOFT (Aliso Viejo, CA) in December 2017.


    One round phone call interview and one on-site interview which in Aliso Viejo, California. Great engineers and nice HR. Large office for Game developers and engineers. Easy algorithms and data structure questions.

    Interview Questions

    • algorithms and data structures questions.   1 Answer
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NCSOFT Awards & Accolades

  • SilkRoad Talent Activation Awards,, 2018

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