December 1, 2010: Sunnyvale, CA, USA. Alexey Kostarev, CEO and Co-Founder of i-Jet Media, which has recently joined the RADIT, is among the finalists of the prestigious 4th annual Mashable Awards. He is nominated for "Entrepreneur of the Year".
Nominations started September 27, 2010, and closed on November 29, 2010. Following the results, Alexey Kostarev moved forward to the Final 5 Voting Round which is to last until December 15. Within the framework of the current phase, Internet users may choose one of five finalists in every category. The Mashable Awards Gala event will be held in Las Vegas, NV, on January, 6, 2011, to celebrate the winners.
According to the rules of the Mashable Awards, any person is allowed to vote once a day per category till December 15.
Mashable Awards is a brainchild of a prominent news site, Mashable, and annually celebrates major innovations and achievements in the digital and social media landscape by companies, people and projects via an open, multilingual, international, community-nominated voting platform.
Alexey Kostarev's i-Jet Media is a world leading social games publisher and distributor, with over 60 million users playing 70 game projects published on 30 social networks all over the world. The company has offices in Silicon Valley (CA, USA) and Beijing (China), as well as Ekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil and Ozersk (Russia). Employees: 150+.
Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) signed up MOU with Japan Online Game Association (JOGA).
On November, 30 Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) signed up MOU with Japan Online Game Association (JOGA). Within this cooperation of two countries the associations plan to hold joint PR actions as well as to assist members of each other in business on the territory of their jurisdiction.
The Japan Online Game Association or JOGA was established in June 2007 in order for the online game service providers to cooperate with each other and solve various problems which this industry is facing today. JOGA performs various activities to promote and raise the industry and makes its best efforts to cope with new type of problems arising from online games, thus contributing the public benefits. JOGA is also an organizer of online gaming seminars, conferences and courses.
More information: http://www.japanonlinegame.org/
Сi-Jet Media joined the Russian Association of Developers and Publishers of Game Industry and Interactive Technologies (RADIT).
Alexey Kostarev, General Producer at i-Jet Media, explained that within the framework of the RADIT i-Jet Media intends to facilitate the development of the game industry in Russia and promotion of Russian social games internationally.
"Today i-Jet Media is among world leaders in a sector of games for social networks, and the largest publisher and distributor of social games in Russia and Eastern Europe. Moreover, we are the only company representing the interests of Russian social game developers in Europe. We are aware of sharing responsibility for the future of Russian social games market. i-Jet Media is joining the RADIT to contribute to efforts of the professional community in order to further the development of the Russian game industry and promotion of Russian developers to foreign markets," Alexey Kostarev said.
Konstantin Popov, RADIT's President, confirmed that i-Jet Media is accepted as a member of the Association and the decision had been already made: "We are very glad that i-Jet Media, which is a leader of the game industry, decided to join the Association and take an active stand towards social games. I am sure that the experience and expertize of i-Jet Media will make a major contribution to attainment of goals faced by the Association."
Russian Association of Developers and Publishers of Game Industry and Interactive Technologies (RADIT) was established in 2010, and is the association of the companies related to the game industry and interactive technologies field. RADIT carries out on non-commercial base innovative, scientific-technical and implementation activities with the main purpose to coordinate business activities of its members, especially small-scale and medium companies, as well as representation and protection of their common property interests. The Association establishes, supports and develops the relations with international and foreign organizations whose business activity relates with RADIT purposes. The Association is also developing its GR work in order to establish a long-term cooperation between the government and RADIT members. It also organizes an annual international conference, ACGI, All-Russian Conference on Game Industry and Interactive Technologies (http://www.acgirussia.com).
Fore more information about RADIT: http://www.radit.ru.
About i-Jet Media:
i-Jet Media is an international social games distribution network. Nowadays, i-Jet Media published games by partner developers on up to 30 local and global social networks and web communities all over the world including Russia, the CIS, Europe, Asia, North and South America. Total audience of applications published by i-Jet Media is more than 60 million users. Employees: 150+.
On October 27-28, 2010 in Business centre “Japan House" the second annual event - the All-Russian Conference on Game Industry (ACGI) occurred. It was organized by the Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT).
Crytek company became the gold sponsor of ACGI for the second time. Сrytek GmbH is one of the world’s leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment well-known for its own 3D-technology CryENGINE®.
Level 3 Communications company became the silver sponsor of ACGI 2010. Level 3 Communications is a premier international provider of fiber-based communications services.
Progrestar Inc. company is also the sponsor of ACGI 2010. Progrestar is the leading full-cycle online applications developer for social networks.
General media sponsor of the event is MAIL.RU company. Mail.Ru is the leading player in online-communication and entertainment spheres in Russian and Eastern Europe.
ACGI partners: Socialist (by Gameland), European Games Developer Federation (EGDF), AIOMI, Dubai World Game Expo (DWGE), IVDC, Pockett Videogames, 178 Games, BYTEmag.ru, StartupPoint, Navystavke.ru and others.
This year ACGI was devoted to the questions of online games and social games business and was focused on attracting the heads of companies and top-management.
Over 150 people visited the event: the heads of the leading Russian, Western and Asian development companies, publishers, consulting companies, the representatives of financial-investment and banking sector, services suppliers, localization companies, expert communities and others.
ACGI 2010 was held in the several formats: conference, pitching of start-up projects and business matching.
The event was opened by the speech of Vsevolod Leonov, Vice-president on international business development, MAIL.RU. Vsevolod spoke about the perspectives of games publishing in Russian social networks. He estimated the volume of Russian market of social games at 70M USD, total number of gamers reached 60M.
The following questions became the priority themes of the speeches on the conference: the specific of releases of Russian IT products in Russian social networks and abroad, the issues of search and communication with publishers, the questions of monetization, the importance of technical support, the specific of Asian IT products adaptation on the Russian market etc.
The projects’ pitching was carried out on the second day, October 28, and was organized jointly with ACGI 2010 partner – community of startup teams and investors - “Startup Point”. The projects for social networks were presented within the traditional format “Elevator Pitch” and were valued by the leading experts of Russian game industry.
Business matching also caused the interest among the attendees. The conference organizing committee gave an opportunity to arrange meetings online and hold negotiations in special hall during all 2 days.
The visit of delegation from Taiwan became one the key events at ACGI this year. The members of the delegation were the representatives of the leading development companies of online games, games for social networks, console projects (XPEC Entertainment Inc., Unalis Corporation, International Games System Co., Ltd., Gamania Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, Keystone Game Studio) as well as the representatives of Taiwan Computer Association (TCA) and Game Industry Promotion Alliance (GIPA).
The main aim of Taiwanese guests visit became the participation in Russian - Taiwanese forum which was hold out within ACGI 2010 on October, 28. Mr. Aaron Hsu, Chairman of GIPA and CEO of XPEC Entertainment Inc was the main speaker from Taiwanese side. The Representative (Head) of the Representative Office for the Taipei-Moscow Economic and Cultural Coordination Commission (TMECCC) Mr. Antonio C.S. Chen became the special guest of the forum. Mr. Antonio C.S. Chen had a speech in whitch he spoke about the perspectives of collaboration between two countries in game industy and multimedia fields.
The companies Nival Network, Progrestar Inc, i-Jet Media took part in the forum from the Russian side. Konstantin Popov, the President of Russian association RADIT was the forum’ moderator.
As a forum result the solemn signing of the memorandum about collaboration between Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) and Association GIPA has taken place.
Attendees’ feedbacks about ACGI 2010:
"We spent a lot of time waiting due to the traffic in Moscow, however, when the conference officially launched, it was worth the wait. If Russia can work more closely with Taiwan's game industry in terms of exceptional people, projects and creativity, I believe Russia's game will be as famous as Russia's vodka and caviar internationally in no time."
Aaron Hsu, Chairman at XPEC Entertainment Inc.
“Today the Russian market of social applications is under development and forming. For market further growth it is very important for Russian companies to have strong communication and share the experience not only with each other but also with the representatives of foreign development companies and publishers. We would like to thank the organizers of the All-Russian conference on game industry and interactive technologies 2010 for providing the professional platform for realization of these aims and goals. On ACGI we met not only our partners and friends but also renewed many business contacts and established new business connections. We will attend the next year event with pleasure”.
Andrey Fadeev, CEO and founder of Progrestar Inc.
“Making decision on attendance at ACGI 2010 first of all we were guided by the necessity to hold as much negotiations with professional community as possible. Analyzing the experience of last year conference (ACGI 2009) we understood that calm business environment that was provided by the organizers this year is the best format for fruitful work. Besides, the fact that the representatives from South-Eastern Asia attended the conference was very important. This market is one of the key ones for our business.
The suggested format of the conference has not been used in Russia before. The format allowed to have your own meeting place and to book meetings during the day.”
Dmitry Guseff, Marketing Director Deputy at StarForce Technologies
"I really enjoyed taking part in the ACGI conference this year. The conference gave me a very usefully and good insight view as well as a lot of information about the status quo of the Russian games industry. In addition I learnt a lot about the Taiwan games industry due to the partnership between the two countries. The conference was very well organized and the business matchmaking event allows me to get in direct touch with game companies from Russia and Taiwan. I'm looking forward to the next ACGI event in 2011."
Frank Holz, Managing director at IEM Consulting
“Thanks for the invitation for the conference and an opportunity to share our ideas about modern market of social games. It is great that not only Russian developers but also colleagues from Europe and Taiwan could come for the event. I would like to note the contribution of Association RADIT to the development of game industry in Russia and to express the hope on further collaboration including the question of promotion of Russian social games on international markets”.
Oksana Loginova, Commercial director at i-Jet Media
“I was glad to attend ACGI 2010. During 2 days of the event I had an opportunity to listen to the interesting presentations as well as meet many conference attendees and discuss different topics in the field of game industry. It was a pleasure to talk with the representatives of known Russian, European and Asian companies. I would like to thank the organizers very much and would be glad to take part in ACGI 2011”.
Roman Kupchikov, Account Manager at i-Jet Media
In the nearest time the presentations of the speakers and videos will be available for the registered users of our website. From the side of the organizers we would like to thank all the attendees, sponsors, media partners and invite everybody on ACGI 2011!
PARTNER NEWS: The ImMediaTe Mobile Gaming Summit - an International Conference, Showcase and Matchmaking Event
Malta – 11 October 2010 – The ImMediaTe Mobile Gaming Summit - an International Conference, Showcase and Matchmaking Event will be held at the Westin Dragonara Resort, St. Julians, Malta on November 3-5, 2010.
The Malta Mobile Gaming Summit is for all digital media companies that wish to enhance their access to the booming European and Asian Mobile Gaming markets.
Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) has signed up the partnership agreement with Italian Association for the Interactive Multimedia – Movement for the Videogame Culture (AIOMI).
AIOMI, the Italian Association for the Interactive Multimedia – Movement for the Videogame Culture, was born to promote, diffuse and preserve the videogame culture, intended as a form of art, human cultural expression and excellence product of the industry.
Within the collaboration between two Associations RADIT is happy to invite russian companies of game industry to attend Italian Videogame Developer Conference (IVDC) that is organized by AIOMI and Italian Videogame Developers association IVD.
Held on 3rd and 4th of December 2010, the IVDC will take place in the conference hall of the internationally respected LUISS University in Rome. The official langauge of the conference will be English, with translation into Italian optional. This two-day event is totally free to attend.
Dedicated to the progression of Italian and international game development, the IVDC is the ideal place for meetings and exchange of knowledge, tools and techniques among the most important professionals in the field.
The IVDC has been supported and partnered with prominent Italian and international companies in the videogames industry, and the 2010 programme will includes presentations by some of the leading professionals in Italian and international game developing and publishing. The programme and workshops will also be dedicated to independent game development and all the other aspects of the industry.
Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) announces the signing of memorandum with Connection Events
Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) announces the signing of memorandum with Connection Events about collaboration within its events.
From September, 2010 all the members Association RADIT will have discounts for attendance in the one of the most popular b2b game industry event - Game Connection.
RADIT will follow up an activity on organization of the Russian sector / Russian pavilion on Game Connection.
About Game Connection
Game Connection is the largest exhibition action in game industry that has been organized for 10 years in Europe. Annually all the leading developers, publishers, investors, distributors, service companies etc. attend the exhibition. Total of attendees usually reaches more than 500 companies from more than 36 countries all over the world. Game Connection is held twice a year: autumn event is situated in France (Lyon), spring event – in America (San-Francisco).
Besides the exhibition Game Connection organizes matchmaking and affective platform for networking during all the event http://www.game-connection.com.
For the first time Russian – Taiwan Game Industry forum will be held on ACGI 2010. The forum will be on the second day of the event, October 28, 2010. The delegation from Taiwan side consists of the management of the companies that belong to Taipei Computer Association (TCA) and Game Industry Promotion Alliance (GIPA).
The forum will be devoted to the business collaboration between two countries. Successful carrying out of a forum has an important strategic value. Cooperation establishment will help Russian developments to enter Asian market as well as Taiwan projects will find key partners in Russia.
As a forum result the signing ceremony of the MOU between Russian association of developers and publishers of game industry and interactive technologies (RADIT) and Game Industry Promotion Alliance (GIPA) will be organized.
2pay, the leading payment service provider in Eastern Europe, specializing on selling time cards and virtual currency for online games will be reborn in 9 months with the new name – Xsolla.
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