1C Company

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1C Company
Type Private company
Founded 1991[1]
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Key people Boris Nuraliev (President)
Products Computer software, Video games
Employees 850
Website www.1c.ru

1C Company (Russian: Фирма "1С") is one of the largest independent Russian software developers and publishers. Its headquarters are in Moscow, Russia. It is best known outside of Russia as a video game developer whose presence has come to dominate events like the KRI, and whose products have begun to show up for international platforms like the Xbox.[2] On the internal Russian market, 1C is considered a leader in business software as well, however game software represents 98% of the 13 tons of software they have been reported as shipping daily.[2]

1C's comprehensive business software suite 1C:Предприятие (1C:Predpriyatiye, 1C:Enterprise[3]) has held an overwhelming market share for over a decade. 1C is also a leader in localizing and publishing Russian-language versions of international software. For instance, more than half of popular Western video games are licensed and published by 1C. The company has over 700 employees, 10,000 business partners, 4,500 authorized retailers, 1,200 training centers, 200 authorized certification locations and over 280 stores in 100 cities.[4]

History[edit]

A 1C advertisement on an envelope

1C was founded in 1991[1] by Boris Nuraliev in Moscow, Russia. The company goal was to provide a software solution to business owners giving them a system that required little or no accounting and development experience.

Both Akella's Sea Dog studio[5] and 1C:Ino-Co (founded as Ino-Co) were acquired in 2007, and 1C Company began to take substantial steps aimed at expansion into the North American video gaming market with distribution deals with Atari,[6] and an appearance at E3 2007.[7] In 2008 the company signed deals for exclusive rights to distribute PC and console games in Russia and CIS countries with titles by Electronic Arts[8][9] and Gamecock Media Group,[10] and began to offer games for online distribution.[11] By 2009, 1C owned and operated 280 stores with another 4000 franchises based on the 1C license in 600 locations across the former Soviet bloc,[2] and in February of the same year 1C merged with SoftClub (the largest Russian console game publisher and distibutor).[12]

In October 2011, 1C Company secured $200m from Baring Vostok Capital Fund[13] and launched an international service for developers entitled 1C:Developer Network (1C:DN).[14]

Business software[edit]

While virtually unknown in the West, 1C:Enterprise is a market leader in Russia. "1C:Enterprise 8" technology consists of two parts: 1C:Enterprise platform and 1C applied solutions. 1C:Enterprise platform is proprietary and developing only by 1C Company.[15] Current version 1C:Enterprise platform is 8.3.4.[16] Applied solution includes Accounting, Contact Management, Inventory Management, Document Management, and more, developing by 1C Company and a variety of their partners. Applied solutions are open for modification by any developers. The applied solutions is used by tens of thousands of Russian corporations. 1C was one of the first Russian private companies to be awarded with the Russian Federation Government Award in Science in 2002 for development and implementation of 1C:Enterprise.

1C:Enterprise platform allow developers very easy and fast creating business oriented application. Developed applied solutions allow work in thick, thin and web-client.[17] Also supporting creating mobile applications for Android and iOS in the same environment using 1C programming language.[18]

Some international configurations based on the platform 1C:Enterprise are available. Among them are: 1C:Accounting Suite,[19] 1C:Small Business.[20]

Entertainment software[edit]

Primarily considered a sim and strategy specialist,[21] 1C is perhaps the best known outside of Russia for developing the famous IL-2 Sturmovik line of World War II combat flight simulators that includes IL-2 Sturmovik (2001), Forgotten Battles (2003), Pacific Fighters (2004), 1946 (2006), Birds of Prey (2009, for consoles), Cliffs of Dover (2011) and Battle of Stalingrad (2013).[22] 1C has also developed Theatre Of War, a World War II land-based game published in the West by Battlefront.com.[23] 1C has a long history of in-house development, as well as funding independent developers. 1C works as a publisher and producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced over 100 projects for PC and consoles including titles like Hard Truck 2, King of the Road, Rig'n'Roll, Space Rangers,[24] Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, Faces of War, Men of War series,[25] Perimeter, Fantasy Wars, Death to Spies, King's Bounty: The Legend and King's Bounty: Armored Princess.

The company has continued to develop new titles, with a 2010-2011 release plan that included such titles as Men of War: Assault Squad[26] and Men of War: Vietnam,[27] Captain Blood, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About the 1C:Developer Network. 1C:DN. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Rossignol, Jim. Gaming in the Russian Cosmos, Part 1. Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ What is 1C:Enterprise? 1C:DN.
  4. ^ Фирма 1С. 1C.ru. Retrieved 26 April 2012. (Russian)
  5. ^ 1C Company Acquires Akella In-House Development Studio . Gamers Hell. 26 November 2007.
  6. ^ Remo, Chris. 1C Makes Major North American Push with Atari. Shacknews. 23 April 2007.
  7. ^ Remo, Chris. E3 2007 Exhibitors Revealed (Updated). Shacknews. 23 April 2007.
  8. ^ Jenkins, David. 1C Company To Distribute EA Games In Russia. Gamasutra. 18 September 2008.
  9. ^ Electronic Arts and 1C Company Sign Deal . Gamers Hell. 18 September 2008.
  10. ^ Gamecock Media Group and 1C Company Sign Deal. Gamers Hell. 31 July 2008.
  11. ^ 1C Company Launches Online Distribution. Gamers Hell. 18 January 2008.
  12. ^ Joint press-release of «1C» and «Soft Club» 1C.ru. 24 February 2009. (Russian)
  13. ^ Butcher, Mike. Russian software house secures $200m from Baring Vostok Capital. TechCrunch. 3 October 2011.
  14. ^ 1C Company launches an international service for developers - 1C:Developer Network.. 1C:DN. 27 October 2011.
  15. ^ "1C:Enterprise 8" architecture as a product of engineering idea (S.G. Nuraliev) YellowERP. 2004.
  16. ^ 1C Company released a final version 8.3 of "1С:Enterprise" platform. YellowERP. 2 June 2013.
  17. ^ Cross-platform design of "1С:Enterprise" platform. 1C:DN. 2013.
  18. ^ Working on mobile devices 1C:DN. 2013.
  19. ^ 1C Company released a new version of 1C:Accounting Suite, an accounting and inventory control application. 1C:DN. 26 January 2012.
  20. ^ 1C Company releases 1C:Small Business, an international business application for small enterprises. 1C:DN. 3 April 2012.
  21. ^ O'Connor, Alice. Origin signs up 11 more publishers. Shacknews. 24 January 2012.
  22. ^ 1C Company. GameSpy. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  23. ^ Goldstein, Maartin. Theatre of War Q&A. Shacknews 29 July 2006.
  24. ^ O'Connor, Alice. Space Rangers HD announced for PC. Shacknews. 18 April 2012.
  25. ^ Faylor, Chris. Men of War Expansion Brings Red Tide This Fall. Shacknews. 25 June 2009.
  26. ^ Faylor, Chris. Men of War: Assault Squad Due This Year. Shacknews. 27 May 2010.
  27. ^ Faylor, Chris. Men of War: Vietnam Revealed. Shacknews. 4 June 2010.

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