Wargaming, the developer and publisher of World of Tanks, has announced that after pulling their businesses from Russia and Belarus, they have opened two new studios in Belgrade, Serbia and Warsaw, Poland. Both will be used as reinforcements for the organization, becoming the company's seventh and eight offices in Europe. They are joining Nicosia, Vilnius, Prague, Kyiv, Guildford, and Berlin.
This is move is due to the Russia-Ukraine War that reignited three and a half months ago. In April, Wargaming left Belarus and Russia, so they've been moving pretty quickly to get these two new studios already set up.
“Warsaw and Belgrade were logical choices for these new locations, both are fast developing technology sectors with enormous potential. We look forward to working closely with both cities’ IT communities to build best-in-class game development and publishing units.” said Victor Kislyi, Wargaming CEO. “Wargaming continues to move forward with big plans for the future. The Belgrade and Warsaw locations will be essential for accomplishing our goals”.
Initially, Wargaming Belgrade will house both international and local talent for developing and publishing the game. In the future, the office will become "an important relocation hub" for Wargaming staff from multiple locations. The studio will be used for both the World of Tanks and World of Warships franchises.
With the launch in Belgrade, Wargaming will be offering a local internship program called Wargaming Forge. The program will give local students, graduates, and junior professionals an opportunity to master their skills under the guidance of experienced leaders and mentors at Wargaming.
As for Wargaming Warsaw, it will start with a small publishing team. It will grow in the future as further development plans are to be decided upon as Wargaming continues to restructure itself.
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