World of Tanks boss: Western publishers called our game “cheap, Asian stuff”

Monday, 13th August 2012 16:18 GMT By Nick Akerman CEO Victor Kislyi has revealed World of Tanks was originally belittled by Western developers for being a free-to-play game.

Kislyi made the comments at GDC Europe earlier today.

“They were very arrogant,” said Kislyi, remembering the harsh attitude the team encountered when the game was offered to many of the world’s biggest publishers.

“There were a number of things it was called.”

“It was described as cheap, Asian stuff. And things worse than that.”

World of Tanks has enjoyed massive success since release. With 35 million subscriptions and around 800,000 players online at any one time, the company has grown significantly. 120 employees has increased to over 1000 across the past two years, many of which are spread across the globe.

“It’s totally not enough people,” Kislyi said. “We are stretched, and hiring like crazy.”

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. Shokaku

    Maybe… because its true? I played a lot WoT, but my patience run out after 1 year I think.

    1. More gold u buy, more OP u are – like in Asian f2p mmos
    2. Balance sux like hell – these people ale balanicng the game like asians. Example: They are making new tank nation, and guess what… they are freaking good and sometimes overpowerd – so ppl are buying gold and exping this new tree, after 1-2 months they are nerfing it ^^

    You know how to make good game? In first place think about community and players and then how to make money to maintain and develop ur product. Not the other way.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    It’s easily one of the best MMOs out there, and I don’t see a lot of problems with the balancing. Each nation has strengths and weaknesses.

    But it is held back by the fact that the gold system is pay-to-win. Giving people the ability to one-shot you if they pay for special ammo is really the only reason why I’m not playing anymore.

    During the beta they would give you a small amount of gold every week, which at least gave you a fighting chance.

    That’s defintiely the way to go, in the same way TF2 is great because you do get random that make you feel included.

    #2 2 years ago

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