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A Brief Overview of the Russian Video Game Industry

Posted by Ernest Chung on Feb 13, 2014 12:02:19 PM

Research shows that the Russian gaming market has exploded in the past two years. Xsolla has partnered with some of the country's biggest games and developers: World of Tanks, War Thunder, Infestation: Survivor Stories, Valve, and many more for several years now. We're analyzing the market to find out what trends developers might want to consider when entering this booming market.

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Kickstarter and Changes in the Gaming Industry

Posted by Ulyana Chernyak on Jan 16, 2014 5:36:04 PM

Over the past 12 months, 3 million Kickstarter projects received over $480 million from players. Xsolla analyzes the impact Kickstart crowdfunding platform has on indie game developers and the gaming industry as a whole.

Despite the fact that $480 million sounds like a lot, the truth is the overall growth of the service slowed down. Just a bit of figures for comparison: in 2011 players donated $99.3 million, in 2012 this number rose to $319.8 million, and in 2013 — to $480 million. The number of startups that received financing they were looking for increased by 10% compared to 2012. Slowed growth, however, is most likely to reflect the fact that Kickstart became a mature project.

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