Gaijin Entertainment

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Gaijin Entertainment
TypePrivately held company
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded2002
Headquarters
Budapest, Hungary
Key people
Anton Yudintsev (CEO)
ProductsVideo games
Number of employees
150 to 200[1] (2017)
Websitegaijinent.com

Gaijin Entertainment is a European video game developer and publisher established in 2002[2][3] headquartered in Budapest, Hungary[4][5] and with offices in Cyprus, Germany, Russia and Latvia.[6] The company is mostly known for War Thunder, Crossout, Star Conflict, CRSED: F.O.A.D. (formerly known as Cuisine Royale) and Enlisted.

History[edit]

Gaijin Entertainment was founded in 2002 in Moscow by Anton and Kirill Yudintsev,[7] whose first big project was the PC racing game Adrenaline. After the successful launch of War Thunder, an office in Germany was established, to manage global operations and marketing.[8] Presently, all Gaijin online games are operated from Germany, Cyprus and Hungary,[8] while the development is scattered across Europe.

Games[edit]

Game Developer Release year Description Platforms
Бумер: Сорванные башни[9] Gaijin 2003 Game based on movie Бумер(2003) Windows
Adrenaline Gaijin 2005[10] "Adrenaline is a game that successfully blends the genres of thrilling adrenaline-pumping racing and an economic management sim."[10] Windows[10]
X-Blades 2009 Fantasy game.[11] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[11]
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey World War II combat flight simulator.[12] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Anarchy: Rush Hour 2010 Arcade racing game.[13] PS3
Modern Conflict Mobile real time strategy game.[14] iOS, Android
Apache: Air Assault Combat flight simulation game based on the Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter.[15] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[15]
Braveheart Action-role-playing game.[16] iOS[16]
Blades of Time 2012 Spiritual successor of X-Blades, introducing a darker setting and more realistic tone. Windows, macOS, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch[17]
Birds of Steel World War II combat flight simulator.[18] PS3, Xbox 360[18]
Star Conflict Star Gem. Space flight simulator MMO.[19][20] Windows, macOS, Linux, SteamOS[19]
War Thunder Gaijin 2013 World War II and Cold War-era aerial, ground and naval vehicle simulator MMO.[21][22][23] Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Shield Android TV, PS5, Xbox Series X/S[21]
Skydive: Proximity Flight Wingsuit simulator.[24] PS3, Xbox 360[24]
Crossout Targem Games 2016 A vehicular combat MMO currently in open beta. It is available as an early access release.[25] Windows, PS4, Xbox One
CRSED: F.O.A.D. DarkFlow Software 2018 Battle Royale Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Enlisted 2020[26] First-person WWII shooter.[27][26] Windows, Xbox Series X/S, PS5

Dagor Engine[edit]

The Dagor Engine is a proprietary game engine used by Gaijin Entertainment.[28] The original version of the engine was developed by Gaijin Entertainment and in 2005 the separate company Dagor Technologies was established for continued development. Currently the engine incorporates technology such as the PhysX physics engine and has been updated to version 5.0 since the release of War Thunder.[29] With the introduction of devblogs regarding a War Thunder update, entitled "New Power", Gaijin Entertainment confirmed that War Thunder will use a new version of the engine: Dagor Engine 6.0. The upgrades concentrate on shading, weather effects, new skies (for example clouds), fire, explosions and various special effects.[30]

Controversies[edit]

The company gained notoriety for pursuing legal action against the owner of gaijin.com, an unaffiliated website that predates the company by seven years.[31] The complaint expired and was automatically withdrawn in November 2013.[32]

In 2021, after a War Thunder logo was seen in a video by Donbas YouTuber High Caliber Mayhem, allegations surfaced that Gaijin was indirectly financing pro-Russian separatists in the war in Donbas. High Caliber Mayhem has denied any links to the separatist armed forces and published an explanation claiming that all the money from all advertisements on that channel were spent on humanitarian aid for civilians.[33] The video showing the War Thunder advertisement was removed from High Caliber Mayhem's Youtube channel.

In response to the controversy, Gaijin provided an explanation, saying "We do not provide political support to anyone anywhere. We know nothing about politics and prefer to stay out of it. Our agency that ordered an ad in the video in question took it down when they realized they might drag us into a political discussion."[34][35] Other gaming companies that published advertisements for the same channel (Wargaming.Net, Plarium, My.Com)[36] also took down videos with their integrations.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "15 years of Gaijin Entertainment. The road from Bumer: Sorvannye Bashni to War Thunder". Igromania. Archived from the original on 6 May 2019.
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  6. ^ "Gaijin Entertainment | About". gaijinent.com. Archived from the original on 8 May 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
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  9. ^ "Бумер: Сорванные башни", Википедия (in Russian), 7 November 2020, retrieved 28 December 2020
  10. ^ a b c "Adrenaline". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b "X-Blades". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  12. ^ "IL-2 STURMOVIK: BIRDS OF PREY". 1C Publishing. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
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  14. ^ "Modern Conflict". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  15. ^ a b "THE GAME". Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
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  18. ^ a b "The game". Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Star Conflict". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Star Conflict for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Archived from the original on 21 January 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  21. ^ a b "War Thunder". Gaijin Entertainment. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  22. ^ "War Thunder for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  23. ^ Zacny, Rob (7 August 2014). "WAR THUNDER REVIEW". PC Gamer. Future Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Skydive: Proximity Flight". Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  25. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (20 May 2015). "War Thunder dev announces 'Motorstorm meets Mad Max: Fury Road' MMO Crossout". Polygon. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  26. ^ a b "Enlisted". gamepressure.com. GRY-OnLine S.A. Archived from the original on 3 December 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Enlisted - MMO squad-based shooter". Enlisted. Gaijin Network Ltd. Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ "[Blog Deweloperski] Nowe nieboskłony w War Thunder - Nowości - War Thunder".
  31. ^ "Gaijin Entertainment Ridiculous Demands". Techdirt.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  32. ^ "overview of lawsuit finale". Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  33. ^ "Вот на что мы тратим монетизацию / This is what we spend monetization on". YouTube.
  34. ^ https://mil.in.ua/uk/news/vydavets-gry-war-thunder-kupuye-reklamu-v-video-z-bojovykamy-dnr/
  35. ^ L, Albert. "Gaijin Entertainment Responds To Allegations Of Funding Donbass Separatists". Overt Defense.
  36. ^ "Як розробники ігор у СНД спонсорують бойовиків "ДНР" рекламою своїх тайтлів". Geek.Informator (in Ukrainian). 6 January 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.

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