According to Victor Kislyi his “Company was started by a handful of enthusiasts from high school. We all loved games and played games and wanted to games better. We wanted to improve Civilization, wanted to improve Warcraft, but then realized we have to make the games ourselves from scratch”.
From humble beginnings Wargaming.net has become a company with over 2000 employees. A total of 65 million users play their popular title World of Tanks. Now many would consider this to be a great achievement on its own. But Wargaming.net is not going to sit on their laurels. With the company turning 15, they are ready to move on to the next levels of success.
New Offices, New Endeavors
Wargaming.net has a total of 15 offices strewn across the world covering the major regions of North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. But recently they have added their 16th establishment located at Austin, Texas in the United States of America.
The new office will serve as a Business Intelligence hub and a Production Center. Seeing that Wargaming.net has previously acquired developers Gas Powered Games, who are also based in America, it will be mighty interesting to see if there will be any future collaboration. The Belarusian company has also acquired the IPs Total Annihilation and Masters of Orion at a recent Atari auction and perhaps the new offices will handle the future treatment of these titles under the stewardship of Wargaming.net.
More importantly though the Austin offices are also to serve as the central Global Technology Group. With the IP from Wargaming.net based solely around multiplayer, the hope is to roll out updates at an accelerated pace across all the regions. According to CEO Victor Kislyi the Global Technology Group will “Update our systems faster and help us move to other platforms such as mobile and console”.
Wargaming.net is looking to replicate its success from World of Tanks with their new title, World of War Planes. CEO Victor Kislyi had a surprise in store with regards to the progress of the game which is in beta testing.
“I officially pronounce that for World of War Planes, in the addition to the Soviets, Germans, Japanese and American planes, by the time of release we will be introducing British warplanes.”
I could go on about the new additions but the team at Wargaming.net have done the job for me with this video showcasing the new elements.
Generals and Blitz
World of Tanks was established as a free to play game for the PC which is now making its way onto the console. Come October of this month it will be available to Xbox Gold members on the Xbox 360. The game is also going to be expanded further for the mobile and tabletop platforms.
World of Tanks Generals is intended to be an Android and iOS version of the MMORPG. Once it goes live, Gamers will be able to access the content on their smartphone and tablet devices.
Wargaming.net’s most successful MMORPG will also be making the transition to browsers and tabletops with World of Tanks Generals. The game mechanics differ from the standard version. Gameplay is based around HQ hit points denoted by 20 sided die, drawing cards and smartly playing your support and artillery pieces.