Sergey Orlovskiy

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Sergey Orlovskiy
Born (1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 45)
Magadan, Russia
Nationality Russian
Known for Founder and CEO of Nival Networks
Sergey Orlovskiy in 2012 wearing a prototype Oculus Rift

Sergey Orlovskiy (Russian: Сергей Орловский) is the founder and CEO of Nival, one of the oldest game development companies in Eastern Europe. He is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of the Russian game industry.[1] In addition to heading Nival, Orlovskiy is a member of the board of directors of Alawar Entertainment.[2]

Sergey Orlovskiy with Feargus Urquhart at E3 2013

Early life[edit]

Sergey Orlovskiy was born in Magadan, Russia, on September 15, 1972.[3]

Nival history[edit]

Nival was founded in 1996 as a PC game developer of stand-alone games. It started to self-publish games in 2005.

In 2006, Orlovskiy created the Nival spin-off named Nival Online and raised US $20 million from Digital Sky Technologies (DST) to focus on online game development and publishing.[4] In 2008, Nival Online was merged with Astrum and in 2009 sold to under the Astrum Nival name, to be integrated into the games division. This game development group inside is still referred to as the Allods Team after Allods Online.[5]

In 2010, Digital Sky Technologies and 1C invested US$5 million to acquire a minority stake in Nival.[6]

In 2013, Nival raised US$6 million in its Series A funding round led by Almaz Capital. The funds will be used for global expansion.[7]


Orlovskiy typically gives a keynote at the Russian Games Developers Conference KRI,.[8] In his speech "Playing with God" in 2009,[9] he predicted the start of cross-platform gaming as a frontier and a challenge for the game industry.

In 2009, Orlovskiy was included in Top 20 influential people in MMO of 2009 by MOG.[10]

In 2012, Orlovskiy was appointed by the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media to an Expert Council on the development of the IT industry in the Russian Federation.[11]

In 2015, Orlovskiy was called the most famous person in the Russian/CIS gaming industry.[12]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2016 he was living in Limassol, Cyprus.[13]

Game credits[edit]

Sergey Orlovskiy is credited on the following games:[14]