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

Monday, 13 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.