Wargaming, the award-winning video game developer and publisher, and one of the leaders on the F2P MMO market, has today announced that it will open a new office in Vilnius, Lithuania — making it the 18th global hub for the company.
Vilnius is an ideal location for opening a new base, with a developed infrastructure and an excellent logistics capability, as well as proximity to other company’s offices. Currently, Wargaming has 5,500 employees and is continuously expanding its presence in Europe. Vilnius represents this growth, and within 3-4 years Wargaming plans to increase the number of employees in the new office to several hundred. The new location will strengthen the company’s distributed development model and will also act as a publishing unit with a focus on the current and future projects.
The company will be a great addition to the growing gaming community in Lithuania alongside Unity, Norducrrent, Game Insight and others. The new Wargaming hub will be located in the city centre’s modern business district Šnipiškės and Mantas Katinas will take over the role of General Manager in a new Wargaming office.
“Vilnius already has a strong international reputation in the technology industry and continues to attract global professionals from around the world. With a new Wargaming office and huge plans for the future, I’m certain that this city will create a very vibrant ecosystem for the international gaming industry,” states Mantas Katinas, General Manager, Wargaming Vilnius.
Following the new office opening announcement, MS-1, Wargaming’s premier mobile development studio behind the hit game World of Tanks Blitz, is looking for talent to bolster the company’s new location. For MS-1, Vilnius will become another key spot alongside with their existing offices in Minsk and Moscow.
“With the huge success of World of Tanks Blitz in recent years, MS-1 is not only continuing to support this title with big plans for its future, but we have also been developing two currently unannounced new games in the mobile action/shooter category. To support this ambitious studio growth, we plan to bring in new staff across all of our locations, with the biggest focus on our new office in Vilnius,” states Thaine Lyman, General Manager, MS-1 Studio. “This office will become our primary location, housing the teams responsible for the development of our two new titles. Our team is already comprised of developers and publishers from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures, and we look forward to continuing to bring talent from all around the world into our studio. We already have a list of open vacancies which will be constantly updated over the coming months, so prospective applicants should keep an eye out!”
The plan for the MS-1 team in Lithuania is to be a multicultural melting pot, building to a strength of 100 employees from across the world. The team will utilize this variety to help deliver games that click with different audiences, while also offering a welcoming and representative work environment for new employees.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher headquartered in Nicosia, Cyprus. Operating since 1998, Wargaming has grown to become one of the leaders in the gaming industry with 5,500 employees and offices spread all over the world. Over 200 million players enjoy Wargaming’s titles across all major gaming platforms. Their flagship products include the massively popular free-to-play hit World of Tanks and the strategic naval action game World of Warships.