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World of Tanks

World of Tanks is a multiplayer online video game featuring the mid-20th century armored vehicles. The game has won millions of fans all over the world. The award-winning game has not only become one of the most popular online gaming projects but also a new cybersport discipline.
The World of Tanks project was launched by Minsk‑based studio Game Stream, which is the resident of the Hi-Tech Park and one of the major development centers of the Wargaming company. The Game Stream studio continues to develop and improve World of Tanks.

About Wargaming Company

The 1998-founded Wargaming company is a worldwide known developer and publisher of online video games. It was started by a group of strategic and military games enthusiasts from Minsk, who decided to try hand at game developing.
President and main cofounder of the Wargaming company Viktor Kisly graduated the Physics Department of the Belarusian State University.
It took 15 years for the-then nascent little studio to grow into the video games giant with braches on every continent.
Wargaming’s first commercial project, turn-based strategy DBA Online, hit the market in 2000.
Another strategic war game Massive Assault was created in 2003. The project turned into a full-fledged media franchise and established Wargaming’s market power.
In 2008 the company tried their hands in a new genre. This time it was real-time strategy (RTS) Operation Bagration, which is a computer game reproduction of the historic operation on the territory of Belarus in summer 1944. The video game was followed by two others, Order of War and Order of War: Challenge.
The World of Tanks game was unveiled in August 2010. It is a massively multiplayer online (MMO) action that boasts detailed graphics, strategic gameplay and a wide choice of armored vehicles of the mid-20th century. World of Tanks went on a global release in 2011.
The game, which is a precise reenactment of the WWII events, features over 300 fighting vehicles from the Soviet Union, Germany, the United States, France, United Kingdom and China to make the in-game military equipment as realistic as possible. The architecture in the game was created according to historical records from achieves and museums.
Work is currently underway to create two more games featuring the mid-20th century air and naval battles, World of Warplanes and MMO-game World of Warships respectively. Both of them will be united with World of Tanks to form the single in-game space.
The Wargaming development company also has plans to take the PC-version of World of Tanks to popular mobile platforms.

World of Tanks: Awards and Achievements

The World of Tanks game has received a lot of awards and is even mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records.
Awards and Achievements:

  • Best Client-Based Online Game Award by the 2010 Russian Game Developers’ Conference (KRI)
  • The Guinness World Record for Most Players Online Simultaneously on One MMO Server (over 91,000 players on 23 January 2011)
  • KRI 2013 Best Game
  • KRI 2011 Audience Choice Award
  • People’s Leader Award of All-Russian online action "Popular vote of the Runet 2011 Award'
  • "Best Use of Online" Develop Award 2012
  • "Best MMO" at the Golden Joystick Awards 2012

By late 2012 the game was on store shelves in all countries including the Vatican. The game has the audience of 45 million registered players. In December 2012 the game set a new record for the most number of simultaneous users on a single server. In the CIS countries this number exceeded 617,000.
Since 2012 World of Tanks has been a new cybersport discipline as it has been included in many national cybersport championships all over the world. World of Tanks is also part of the World Cyber Games program.

World of Tanks in Belarus

Over 100,000 Belarusian users play World of Tanks. Developers from the Game Stream studio participate in both national and international cybersport events and partake in World Cyber Games qualification.
The Defense Ministry has adopted a state program to popularize computer games with the purpose of patriotic education and preliminary military training of the youth. In August 2011 the first World of Tanks tournament was held.
The Defense Ministry jointly with the Wargaming company have plans to organize an experimental computer class in one of the Belarusian military units where future tankmen could undergo training with the help of the World of Tanks game and other simulation equipment.

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