Nival (company)

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Industry Video games
Founded November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Founder Sergey Orlovskiy
Headquarters Saint Petersburg, Russia
Area served
Key people
Sergey Orlovskiy
Number of employees

Nival is a Russian video game developer headquartered in Saint Petersburg. It was founded by Russian games industry veteran Sergey Orlovskiy in 1996, who currently serves as company CEO. With offices in Limassol, Cyprus, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Moscow, Russia Nival has three development studios.


The company was founded in 1996 as Nival Interactive, and became famous as the developer of several successful role-playing and strategy series, including Rage of Mages (known as Allods in Russia), Blitzkrieg and Etherlords. Nival also developed Heroes of Might and Magic V and two add-ons, published by Ubisoft.

Nival began to self-publish its own games in 2005. Nival finances and publishes external developers including KranX Productions, creators of King's Bounty: Legions and Bytex, developers of Berserk Online.

In early 2005, the part of Nival operating under the name Nival Interactive was bought by Ener1 Group, a Florida-based holdings company, for around US$10 million. On November 30, 2007, Sergey Orlovskiy regained full control of Nival Interactive.[1]

In early 2010, another part of Nival, Astrum Nival, was bought by the largest Russian portal Mail.Ru for more than $100 million, becoming a part of Astrum Online Entertainment. Currently Nival’s internal development studios are focused on PC and mobile projects.

In 2011, Nival Interactive was merged with Nival Network into a new company, called Nival. Nival has developed and launched Prime World, King's Bounty: Legions and has several projects in development. [2]

In December 2013, Nival raised $6 million in its Series A funding round led by Almaz Capital. The funds will be used for global expansion. [3]

In early 2016 the databases of this company is breached by a hacker who calls himself Cyber Anakin with the stated motive of avenging the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The data breach is confirmed as legitimate by computer security researcher Troy Hunt.[4]

In February 2017 Nival announced the world’s first Neural Network AI for RTS for it's game Blitzkrieg 3. [5]



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