What’s Obsidian Entertainment – the respected single-player role-playing game maker – doing dabbling in Russian free-to-play MMOs?
There’s Skyforge, a fantasy MMO, and there’s Armored Warfare, a tank MMO. And both are partnerships with powerful Russian online company Mail.ru. Skyforge was announced first in May 2013, and Armored Warfare roughly a year later. But it was actually out of Armored Warfare that the Skyforge deal came about.
An October 2013 article titled “Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption” in the Harvard Business Review advanced the argument that the consulting market is entering a state of disruption and flux. In response to inquiries about disruption in the Russian offshore outsourcing market, executives from six firms that represent a mix of business sizes and technology directions expressed a range of views and responses to the pressures of market disruption.
The cloud services market in Russia for small and medium businesses (SMBs) is expected to grow in 2016 by 169 percent to $ 1.7 billion compared with 2013, according to a report by Parallels presented at the Parallels Summit 2014 in New Orleans.
In keeping with long standing Russian tradition, the government has produced a hugely ambitious 5-year plan aimed at doubling IT exports and growing the sector three times faster than the country’s overall GDP. The plan, pubished in the form of a ‘road-map’ for 2014-2018, was signed by Dmitry Medvedev at the end of 2013, and published last week. You can read the 20-page document (in Russian) here, but if that doesn’t really appeal, here’s a summary of the key points.
According to various estimates, the salaries paid to software developers increased by 10-15 percent in 2013. The monthly wage for programmers and team leaders ranged from 80,000 to 150,000 rubles ($2,448 - $4,591), reports CNews.
In 2013, the average salary paid to Russian specialists in software development, including managers, was $2,448, or about 80,000 rubles. According to preliminary results from the Russoft association for the outgoing year.
According to Russoft, wages in 2013 averaged 15 percent growth.
The Russian Startup Rating (RSR) has released its new list of Top-50 Russian start-ups which includes new projects in high-tech, biotech, IT, and medicine, reported Russia Beyond the Headlines, the international project of Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Revenue for Russia’s IBS Group compared to the same period last year fell by 1.1 percent to $373.6 million in the first half of the financial year ending March 31, 2013 according to a company report, Digit.ru reported.
Executives and contractors involved in the business processes of organizations are the most dangerous in terms of potential damage to companies from data breaches, say analysts from InfoWatch, Digit.ru reports.
The Russian Internet industry is expected generate 1.5 percent of GDP in 2013, the head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications Mikhail Seslavinsky told reporters on Wednesday, Digit.ru reports.