Russian and Ukrainian game developers are starting to leave their countries in midst of political crisis

Kommersant writes about planned exodus of Russian game developers to Lithuania. It is actually going on for quite some time now and started right after protests on Maidan in Kyiv in December.

A lot of Russian and Ukrainian companies are seriously considering moving their teams abroad to escape political instability. At least several game companies were closed in Crimea, staff moved to mainland Ukraine or let go, so people are rightfully worried about their business and future.

Local companies moved abroad before – to US, Asia and Europe, but it usually was caused by economic reasons, not political ones.

Every single company in Kyiv has some kind of escape plane in case situation goes really bad – bigger guys are ready to relocate to Europe, smaller are ready to flee to Turkey, India or Thailand, where life is cheaper.

Lithuania looks like a nice country to start for Russian companies – it’s close to Russia, older population is Russian-speaking and prices are low compared to Moscow. So recently heads of several major companies including Wargaming, Game Insight and Nival visited Vilnius to evaluate it as city for developing games in case Russia becomes bad place to do business.

Ukrainian developers aren’t that enthusiastic about Lithuania – I’ve heard people talking to officials from Cyprus, Malta and France. Probably because Lithuania being close to Russia is seen as a disadvantage by Ukrainian developers. They’re saying main problem of Ukraine is its border with Russia.

Still, there were no high-profile relocations yet. Some small-scale companies moved abroad already, but everyone else still hopes that current political situation will somehow work out.

  • Пётр Поросятов

    Home is where salary is.

    • The Doctor

      Home is where you’re most at peace. Not in the middle of a war.

      • Toma Eduard Victor

        Good luck being at peace with no money to feed your family or pay the bills.

      • Пётр Поросятов

        But if you are war profiteer your home is in the middle of a war, because your profit is there.

      • BOLVERIN

        war mostly in heads. I traveled Ukraine last week and don’t saw war but heard many times about

  • priestling

    I have no words. I will not comment ukrainian problems because it is the wrong place to do it.
    Maybe I can not understand something but I don’t see any problems to do business in Russia.
    I’m an industrial programmer. Our business depends of economic and political situation much more than gaming industry but we are still here.

    • Пётр Поросятов

      Good luck being here, you will need it.

  • passerby

    this post looks like Sergey Klimov wrote it.


      there is no spoon

    • snarkabout

      Klimov and Galyonkin had been rubbing elbows for quite some time now, so I guess Klimov’s attitude rubbed off Sergei. The ongoing quote situation unquote helped to prove his point as well,

      • Sergey Galyonkin

        While I don’t always agree with Klimov in this particular case I’m on his side. Country doesn’t matter as much as ability to do cool stuff.

        • snarkabout

          Well, in that case you might want to start buying tickets and obtaining visas. While airports and embassies are still safe.

  • Тимур

    > They’re saying main problem of Ukraine is its border with Russia.


    • Tim

      Дерьмо а не статья, вот что. Полная чушь.

    • Sergey Galyonkin

      It would be harder for Russia to invade Ukraine if countries didn’t have common border


      when something goes wrong is always to blame Russia – the principle of contemporary Ukrainian politics

  • Vasja Piterskij

    A rather peculiar article. One wonders if the author is mentally challenged. For no particular really, it just has this weird vibe to it.

  • lollipuss

    >>Ukrainian developers aren’t that enthusiastic about Lithuania

    Yep, when enough russian fucktargs move to Lithuania that land is gonna be wasted. As it happened to the most of the resorts in Thailand, Turkey and Goa.

    • bear

      i think you should go and fuck yourself, ukrnazzi.

  • Dmitriy Zombak

    The main reason why they leave – is the fixed taxes and some financial profits from the lithuanian goverment: 15% off the opening costs, 50% off taxes and so on. It’s not because of the Russian or Ukranian goverment, it’s just bussiness.

    • Sergey Galyonkin

      Nope. Taxes are significantly lower in Russia and Ukraine than in Lithuania. Even if you count those incentives.

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