Nival (company)

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IndustryVideo games
FoundedNovember 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
FounderSergey Orlovskiy
Area served
Key people
Sergey Orlovskiy
ProductsBlitzkrieg series
Silent Storm engine games
Heroes of Might and Magic V

Nival is a Russian video game developer and publisher founded by Sergey Orlovskiy in 1996. It is headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus, with development offices in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.


The company was founded by Sergey Orlovskiy on November 18, 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, all of which would receive sequels. Nival also created the Silent Storm engine and developed several games using it, beginning with the eponymous Silent Storm series in 2003. Among these was Heroes of Might and Magic V and two add-ons, published by Ubisoft.

Nival began to self-publish its own games in 2005. Nival financed and published 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 $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. Nival's internal development studios became focused on PC and mobile projects. In 2011, Nival Interactive was merged with Nival Network into a new company, called just 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 were to be used for global expansion.[3]

In early 2016, Nival was the victim of a data breach which was caused by an act of hacktivism against Russia relating to its actions during the War in Donbass.[4]

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



  1. ^ "Sergey Orlovskiy regains full control of Nival Interactive". Nival Interactive. Archived from the original on October 9, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Consolidation Creates New, Extraordinary Gaming Brand | 2011 | News Feed | News". Nival. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  3. ^ "Prime World strategy-game developer Nival raises $6M in latest funding round". VBGamesBeat. December 11, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "We spraken een tiener die Russische sites hackt als wraak voor MH17". (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Nival announces the world's first Neural Network AI for RTS for its game Blitzkrieg 3".
  6. ^ "Nival".
  7. ^ "Prime World: Alchemy (Kindle Tablet Edition)".

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