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Wargaming Opens New Studios for World of Tanks and World of Warships After Exit from Russia and Belarus

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After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Wargaming announced in early April that the company would exit both Russia and Belarus and would sell its stake in games like World of Tanks and World of Warships in those countries to local companies. Now, Wargaming has announced the opening of two new studios, Wargaming Belgrade in Serbia and Wargaming Warsaw in Poland.

These two new studios join the company’s other six locations across Europe and a total of 17 locations worldwide. The Belgrade studio will have international and local talent and be focusing on the  World of Tanks and World of Warships franchises. This location will also be “an important relocation hub for Wargaming staff from multiple locations” and potentially develop new products.

The new studio in Warsaw will be initially focused on publishing, but there’s more to come there as the relocation and opening of these new studios continue the adjustment process. 

In a press release announcing the two new studios, Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi described the process. “Warsaw and Belgrade were logical choices for these new locations, both are fast developing technology sectors with enormous potential. We look forward to working closely with both cities’ IT communities to build best-in-class game development and publishing units,” he says.

Wargaming’s decision to leave Russia and Belarus behind after committing to help some of its employees flee war may have come as a surprise, especially as at the time, the company’s statement also confirmed an expected financial loss as a result of the move and foregoing business in those two countries.

With the new locations, it seems that they’re continuing to be a work in progress, but the World of Tanks and World of Warships franchises have a new hub to grow into. 

For more on the games, including updates on all published franchises, head to Wargaming.net. 



Christina Gonzalez

Christina is MMORPG.COM’s News Editor and a contributor since 2011. Always a fan of great community and wondering if the same sort of magic that was her first guild exists anymore.