Anatoly Ropotov is replacing Alisa Chumachenko as president of Game Insight, Kanobu reports. Company moves to develop core games for mobile devices, promises 5 Unity-based games till the end of 2014.
Game Insight is well-known in Russia for its creative director Leonid Sirotin quotes, slamming down core gamers as ignorant cheapskates and praising casual audience. It seems that “ignorant cheapskates” are the new target audience for GI.
Update: Here is an official press-release in English.
Russian Department of Finances is planning to ban “surrogate currencies” in Russia. The law is clearly aimed at crypto currencies, such as bitcoin, but it is written so vague, that it might affect any other virtual (i.e. fictional) currency as well, including in-game currencies.
Apple Insider here worries that it will effectively put an end to in-game purchases. It probably will not, but game companies will have to replace their “gold”, “crystals”, “hairy gophers” with Russian roubles.
Or maybe not, you never know with Russian laws.