MapleStory and Combat Arms fans who make use of Nexon's Game Cards are about to have more karma than Culture Club.
Nexon is revamping the Game Cards into what they're calling Karma Koin. The Game Cards have been available since 2007, and allow players without credit cards to purchase premium content for Nexon's free to play games. But get this: the whole reason for the name change is because Nexon will donate a percentage of every Karma Koin redeemed to charity.
Nexon America CEO Daniel Kim discussed the business success of the Game Cards and how the Karma Koin will expand on it, saying "The Karma Koin cards will continue this success, allowing non credit card users to enjoy our game enhancements while having the added benefit of knowing that each purchase will result in funds going directly to charity."
It's still under wraps which charities Nexon will partner with, but not only will the cards benefit charities, Nexon hopes the Karma Koin program will also benefit gamers and game developers alike. One of their long-term goals is for the Karma Koin to allow online game developers to use the program to make safe online transactions. The Karma Koin will also benefit gamers in more remote locations and territories where credit card use is not as common or accessible for online purchases.
The Karma Koin program begins this month and will be available in 70,000 retail locations across the US, New Zeland, Australia and Canada in $10, $25 and $50 increments. Still have a Game Card you've been meaning to use? Fret not. Nexon will still continue to accept Game Card transactions until the Karma Koin program is fully rolled out.