If you’re interested in game development, you must have heard of such games as S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Warface, Assassin’s Creed, World of Tanks. Did you know that they were all made in Ukraine? In fact, this Eastern European country is one of the world’s top IT outsourcing destinations. It is the home to more than 90,000 IT professionals who work in over 1,000 software development companies.
A large share of this market belongs to the gaming industry. Recognized for their technical expertise and skill, Ukrainian game developers are much in demand. Successful companies such as Wargaming, Travian Games, Silicon Studio regularly tour Ukraine in search of software engineers. As a proof of concept, we’ve compiled a list of well-known game studios that outsource game development to Ukraine:
Company size: 1001-5000 employees
Headquarters: Minsk, Belarus
Outsourcing provider: Persha Studia
Wargaming Ltd. is an international game developer and publisher best known for its free to play MMO game World Of Tanks. In 2013, the revenue of the game hit $372 million and it became one of the most profitable games at the time. It also holds a Guinness World Record in the category of Most Players Online Simultaneously on one MOG Server.
In 2010, Wargaming cooperated with Persha Studia, a Kyiv-based studio that helped design French vehicles for the World of Tanks gameplay. In 2011, the developers signed a long-term partnership with Wargaming and since then have worked exclusively on Wargaming products. Persha Studia also fully developed Wargaming’s War of Warplanes, which was released in November 2012 and was the next big hit game.
Company size: 201-500 employees
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Outsourcing provider: N-iX
Silicon Studio is a Japanese computer graphics and video game producer that has not only developed successful games but also game engines such as Xenko, OROCHI, and Mizuchi. It is famous for its solutions in 3D computer graphics and, notably, its post-processing visual effects library called YEBIS. The company has created such favored games as 3D Dot Game Heroes on the PlayStation 3, Fantasica on iOS and Android, and a role-playing video game Bravely Default on the Nintendo 3DS.
Silicon Studio has partnerships with a number of companies, including N-iX Game Development and VR Studio, the Ukrainian developers who have collaborated with them on art assets, documentation and testing for Xenko game engine. Founded in 2002, the company has become one of the leading software developers in Eastern Europe with 500 engineers building solutions in different industries. The game studio provides a variety of services such as game art production, cross-platform game development, 2D/3D animation, prototyping, VR development, etc.
Company Size: 201-500 employees
Headquarters: Munich, Germany
Outsourcing provider: Intersog
Travian Games is a leading German browser game company with more than 130 million registered players in over 200 countries. The company has won many awards over the years including the Superbrowsergame award for its hit game Travian. It has also released such popular games as Truck Nation, Goalunited, Ballersunited, Rail Nation, United GP, MiraMagia, Remanum. When the company faced the challenge of finding enough talent for expanding their business, they considered outsourcing and eventually, hired a dedicated development team in Ukraine.
Headquarters: Redwood City, United States
Company Size: 201-500 employees
Outsourcing provider: Room8
The company has released more than 45 games, reached over 50 million active monthly users, and had around 1 billion downloads. Its most celebrated games include the Restaurant Story franchise, Dragon Story, Bubble Mania and iMobsters.
Storm8 outsourced some of their game development to Room 8 Studio, the Ukrainian company based in Kyiv with a team of about 60 game developers.
Headquarters: Moscow, Russia
Company Size: 501-1000 employees
Outsourcing provider: iLogos
Social Quantum develops game applications for social networks and mobile platforms. The company mostly works with Eastern European market and produces games for VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, popular social networks in the region. Yet they also have a large international audience.
One of the company’s first and most popular games, the city builder Megapolis has been developed by iLogos. This Ukrainian game studio focuses on social, mobile, browser and cross-platform game development and has offices in several Ukrainian cities.
Outsourcing provider: Melior Games
The studio is based in the USA and specializes in game development for iPhone, iPad and Mac. T-Bone Apps has cooperated with the Ukrainian game developers Melior Games on multiple projects including Hamster Jump, Rolling Spells, Math Wheel, Oil Pipe, Forest Zombies etc. Melior was founded in 2010 in Kiev and started with developing native iOS and Android applications. Later they adopted Unity3D for cross-platform applications and games and extended their services to Windows Phone, XBox, Windows, Mac OS and some other platforms.
On a final note, highly skilled developers and low costs aren’t the only pros Ukraine has to offer. There are many advantages when it comes to outsourcing your game development to this country. You will have more flexibility as it takes much less time to find and hire someone to work on your project in Ukraine. Also, the country has a favourable geographical location and only 1-2 hour time difference with most European capitals. Finally, Ukrainians have developed some of the most successful games ever so they have a lot of experience in game development, which is essential for delivering a great product.