Nival (company)

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Industry Video game industry
Founded November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Founder Sergey Orlovskiy
Headquarters Saint Petersburg, Russia
Area served
Key people
Sergey Orlovskiy
Products Etherlords
Silent Storm
Heroes of Might and Magic V

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


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 February 2017 Nival announced the world’s first Neural Network AI for RTS for its game Blitzkrieg 3. [4]



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