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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

Yesterday: part one of The rise and rise of Wargaming saw how Victor grew his company from dorm room experiment to eastern megaforce. Today: Wargaming goes global, builds reinforcements in the guises of Warplanes and Warships, and protects some 1940s relics. 

Victor Kislysi, CEO of Wargaming, had dominated Russia’s gaming scene in 2010. World of Tanks was massive, but it was just a rivet in comparison to the incredible machine it would become. Now was the time for Wargaming to take on the west; Europe and America were targets ripe for the taking. 

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World of Tanks Grand Finals 2015 announced; expect lots of hot tank on tank action

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World of Tanks Grand Finals 2015 announced; expect lots of hot tank on tank action

A horde of tanks are preparing to descend on Expo XII in Warsaw, Poland. But there’s nothing to worry about; it’s just World of Tanks’ Grand Finals 2015. After a year of 1,000 tournaments, the Wargaming.net League is hosting a 12-team final to see who will take home the golden tank. Okay, I don’t know if there’s a golden tank, but there should be. 

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

Victor Kislyi has a secret qualification, one entirely befitting the CEO who orchestrated the rise and rise of World of Tanks. 

“I think I’m a second lieutenant of the Belarus reserve army. I’m particular adept with rockets. I can shoot multiple rockets at a time with my training." As a native of Belarus, he’s been through compulsory military service. And yet, despite knowing the strict realities of army life, World of Tanks is essentially a game of tin soldiers. It’s a game Victor has built, in some form of other, since the early 90s.

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Wargaming.net dismiss eSports porn sponsorship: World of Tanks is "a family product"

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Wargaming.net dismiss eSports porn sponsorship: World of Tanks is "a family product"

This weekend sees YouPorn’s Dota 2 team take part in its first tournament. It’s the first time a porn site has sponsored an eSports team. I recently spoke with Wargaming’s head of eSports in Europe, Nicolas Passemard, about the effect YouPorn’s sponsorship could have on eSports’ audience.

“When we see the audience coming to our events, a father with his son I find this personally really satisfying," Passemard said. “I’m proud of it and I’d like it to stay like that. [... But] If we start adding YouPorn or whatever company which is very adult oriented then I expect the parents to be responsible enough not to bring their children."

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World of Tanks contest: win Razer goodies just in time for Christmas

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World of Tanks contest: win Razer goodies just in time for Christmas

Until recently Christmas was exclusively a holiday for tanks, celebrating the coming of the first Tiger Tank who went forth and spread the word about good tank morals (love thy manufacturer and thy fellow machine of rolling death).

With less than a month to go the tanks of World of Tanks are getting excited. They’ll soon be packing their best set of dress treads and polishing their turrets to a fine sheen before returning home for the festivities.

Wargaming are getting in on the tank holiday by giving us a stack of World of Tanks-themed gifts to pass onto one lucky reader.

To be in with a chance you need only to answer a simple question. You don’t even need to convert to the Unity of the Holy Tread.

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

You would not believe the fun you can have at tank museums. It was above the usual spot of a tank in the foyer of the Imperial War Museum that Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi forlornly asked our Paul why schoolchildren were “not exposed to the beauty of tracked vehicles?". And it was at the Polish Tank Museum that our Jules first saw a mother tank with her child.

Perhaps you can enjoy similar escapades to the PCGamesN team at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, England. Wargaming are giving away a family ticket as part of a celebration of their new M4A3E8 Fury Sherman.

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World of Tanks update 9.3 rolls in new light tanks, Stronghold features and more

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World of Tanks update 9.3 rolls in new light tanks, Stronghold features and more

Wargaming have supplemented World of Tanks with even more tanks - introducing several new light tanks including the likes of the US T37 and German Spahpanzer Ru 251. If you’re not a tank expert, don’t worry: there’s also other features. Strongholds Skirmishes can now be participated without having to join a clan. There’s also an update to the in-game rules, which should help stave off “unsportsmanship behaviour" around the battlefield.

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Kislyi Kart: World of Tanks is getting a limited-time-only race mode

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Kislyi Kart: World of Tanks is getting a limited-time-only race mode

Tracked vehicles are designed and built for very particular tasks, but goshdarnit if Wargaming aren’t determined to use them for every possible purpose. There’s a persistent games industry rumour that CEO Victor Kislyi takes an Aufklärungspanzer Panther to the supermarket. And he's greenlit this: a rally racing mode for bulky online shooter World of Tanks.

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World of Tanks 9.2 introduces clan strongholds and a new map for dastardly snipers

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World of Tanks 9.2 introduces clan strongholds and a new map for dastardly snipers

World of Tanks’ 9.2 update has rolled out, shooting out new clan features, HD tank models to make the tank on tank warfare a wee bit prettier, and new versions of existing maps like Sacred Valley and Hidden Village. Wargaming says that the focus of these map changes are strategy and balance. 

A "newly imagined combat territory" has been thrown into the mix to boot: Fiery Salient, complete with raised train tracks and a snipers perch for those dastardly long-range killers. 

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Surviving the World Cup doldrums with World of Tanks: Football Edition

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Surviving the World Cup doldrums with World of Tanks: Football Edition

I’m one of those miserable sods who gets a lot more pleasure out of moaning about the World Cup than watching it. So I was more surprised than anyone that I found myself very happy that this competition of footballs and men in shorts was bringing me no small amount of joy. And it’s all thanks to World of Tanks and the game’s temporary football mode

For the last few days, I’ve been ramming an oversized football around a well-trimmed pitch. In a tank. It’s the most I’ve ever enjoyed the sport. And it’s provided some of my favourite World of Tanks moments. 

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Tank shoots, it scores: World of Tanks gets a World Cup mode

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Tank shoots, it scores: World of Tanks gets a World Cup mode

Football is a sport that seems to be rather popular. If you’re an American reader, you’ll inexplicably know it as soccer. I’m constantly being informed that the World Cup is a thing, and is also a rather big deal. Which is a shame, because it’s also run by FIFA, which is essentially a super villain group. 

It might already be clear that I don’t care much for the sport (and it has nothing to do with Scotland being terrible at it). But I have been known to dabble in tank warfare. What do the two have in common? In a sane universe, not very much. But nobody has accused Wargaming of being sane. They’ve only gone and added a new football mode to World of Tanks.

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Wargaming's US and European director reveals the key to free-to-play success on PC: patience

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Wargaming's US and European director reveals the key to free-to-play success on PC: patience

Victor Kislyi may be Wargaming’s CEO, but Frederic Menou oversees the largest domain in the company - North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. He knows his stuff - and the stuff he’s made of, apparently, is patience. 

Menou says free-to-play developers need to allow a “certain amount of time before monetisation" if they have a hope of replicating World of Tanks’ success.

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PC games revenue has now "surpassed" that of console games. MOBAs were involved

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PC games revenue has now "surpassed" that of console games. MOBAs were involved

The PC games market is very big and complicated. There are lots of numbers to add up - and publishers won’t tell us what all of them are. But the analysts at DFC Intelligence reckon that PC games have now overtaken their console equivalents in terms of revenue.

“Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC," said DFC owner David Cole. “The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity."

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What I learned about Polish tanks at the Polish tank museum.

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What I learned about Polish tanks at the Polish tank museum.

I’ve just returned from a brief visit to Poland to watch the World of Tanks grand finals. There were a lot of tanks. And we will be writing all about those tanks shortly.

In between seeing virtual tanks, my host arranged for a very special surprise: Polish tanks!

I don’t speak Polish so the details of what my Polish guide told me on the tour of Warsaw’s Museum of Polish Military Technology may have been lost on me.

I think I got the gist of it though. The Polish army have been allowing old tanks to retire to a field outside the capital where they can spend the last of their days playing in the field, cared for by a team of professionals who have the elderly tanks purring and (largely) happy.

Here is that gist.

With pictures.

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