Company:Gaijin Entertainment

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Short description: Hungarian video game development company
Gaijin Entertainment
TypePrivately held company
IndustryVideo game industry
Budapest, Hungary
Key people
Anton Yudintsev (Founder)
ProductsVideo games
Number of employees
~200 (2022)

Gaijin Entertainment is a Hungarian video game developer and publisher headquartered in Budapest.[1][2][3] The company is mostly known for War Thunder, Crossout, Star Conflict, CRSED (formerly known as Cuisine Royale) and Enlisted.


Gaijin Entertainment was founded in Russia in 2002 by Anton and Kirill Yudintsev,[4] whose first big project was the PC racing game Adrenaline. After the successful launch of War Thunder in 2012, an office in Germany was established, to manage global operations and marketing.[5] The company moved their distribution business from Moscow to Budapest around 2015, and their development headquarters followed shortly after.[6] According to Hungarian tax records, Gaijin had 27 employees in Hungary by January 2021.[7]

Presently, all Gaijin online games are operated from Germany, Cyprus and Hungary,[5] while the development is scattered across Europe. The company has now six offices in total: in Karlsruhe (Germany), Larnaca (Cyprus), Budapest (Hungary), Riga (Latvia), Dubai (UAE) and Yerevan (Armenia).[8] The company has around 200 employees split between those offices, with 60 of them based at the Hungarian HQ.[6] While the company still hires people at Russian job websites, all their job listings are for candidates based in Hungary, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Serbia or Montenegro.[9]

Gaijin Entertainment group generated 2.6% of all the Hungarian Software Industry profit in 2020.[10]

While Gaijin have produced a few single-player games in the 2000s, the company is now focused on free-to-play online titles. According to László Perneky, Gaijin's lead programmer, "Those who can decide on projects at the company mostly like to play multiplayer games".[11]

Origin of company name

Gaijin Entertainment name comes from the Japanese word for foreigner.[12] According to Anton Yudintsev, he was dreaming to enter Japanese market one day while staying true to their roots as a European company and accept their position of an outsider there. Gaijin actually entered the Japanese market with the release of anime-style action game X-Blades in 2009.

Gaijin's logo features snail that is a reference to Issa Kobayashi 's haiku:

O snail

Climb Mount Fuji

But slowly, slowly!


Game Developer Release year Description Platforms
Bumer: Sorvannye bashni (ru) Gaijin 2003 Game based on the movie Bimmer (2003) Windows
Adrenaline 2005[13] "Adrenaline is a game that successfully blends the genres of thrilling adrenaline-pumping racing and an economic management sim."[13] Windows[13]
X-Blades 2009 Fantasy game.[14] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[14]
IL-2 Sturmovik World War II combat flight simulator.[15] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Anarchy: Rush Hour 2010 Arcade racing game.[16] PS3
Modern Conflict Mobile real time strategy game.[17] iOS, Android
Apache Combat flight simulation game based on the Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter.[18] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[18]
Braveheart Action-role-playing game.[19] iOS[19]
Blades of Time 2012 Spiritual successor of X-Blades, introducing a darker setting and more realistic tone. Windows, macOS, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch[20]
Birds of Steel World War II combat flight simulator.[21] PS3, Xbox 360[21]
Star Conflict Star Gem. Space flight simulator MMO.[22][23] Windows, macOS, Linux, SteamOS[22]
War Thunder Gaijin 2013 20 and 21 century aerial, ground and naval vehicle simulator MMO.[24][25][26][27] Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Shield Android TV(discontinued), PS5, Xbox Series X/S[25]
Skydive: Proximity Flight Wingsuit simulator.[28] PS3, Xbox 360[28]
Crossout Targem Games 2016 A vehicular combat MMO currently in open beta. It is available as an early access release.[29] Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
CRSED DarkFlow Software 2018 Battle Royale Windows, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Enlisted 2020[30] First-person WWII shooter.[31][30] Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5
War Thunder Edge[32] (also known as War Thunder Mobile[33]) Gaijin TBA[34] 20 and 21 century aerial, ground and naval vehicle simulator MMO iOS, Android

Dagor Engine

The Dagor Engine is a proprietary game engine used by Gaijin Entertainment[35] in War Thunder, Enlisted, CRSED and other titles. The original version of the engine was developed by Gaijin Entertainment and in 2005 the separate company Dagor Technologies was established for continued development. Currently the engine incorporates technology such as the PhysX physics engine[36] and has been updated to version 6.5 since the release of War Thunder.[37] Gaijin's Hungarian office is responsible for the further development of the engine.[1]


The company gained notoriety for pursuing legal action against the owner of, an unaffiliated website that predates the company by seven years.[38] The complaint expired and was automatically withdrawn in November 2013.[39]

On 21 June 2020, porn actress Eva Elfie was sponsored by Gaijin's War Thunder, which sparked light controversy within the community.[40] On 23 September 2022, an official Eva Elfie decal has been added to War Thunder,[41] further strengthening relations between Gaijin and the porn actress.

In January 2021, after the logos of War Thunder and Crossout were seen in a video by Donbas YouTube channel "High Caliber Mayhem", Gaijin was accused of indirectly financing pro-Russian separatists in the war in Donbas.[42][43][44] High Caliber Mayhem has denied any links to the separatist armed forces and published an explanation claiming that all the money from all advertisements on that channel were spent on humanitarian aid for civilians.[45] The video showing the War Thunder advertisement was removed from High Caliber Mayhem's YouTube channel.

In response to the controversy, Gaijin stated "We do not provide political support to anyone anywhere. We know nothing about politics and prefer to stay out of it. Our agency that ordered an ad in the video in question took it down when they realized they might drag us into a political discussion."[42][46]

Following an in-game economic change on the 16th of May 2023, a large amount of War Thunder players began revolting against the developers[47] by review bombing the game on multiple platforms, such as Steam and Google. Since the changes have been announced, there have been over 65,000 negative reviews on Steam, dropping the overall rating from "Mostly Positive" to "Mixed" and the recent rating from "Mostly Positive" to "Overwhelmingly Negative", as of May 22. In response, Gaijin has since reverted the planned economic change on May 18th,[48] posted statements regarding the issue and player progression on May 19th, discouraging players from participating in review bombing,[49][50] announced a revision of the economy for mid-summer 2023 and issued an apology.[51] Gaijin also removed Steam from the supported platforms on War Thunder's official website.[52] Steam hid the reviews [53] posted after May 19th and marked them off-topic as the update in question was no longer a part of the game starting from that date. Some players launched a subreddit called War Thunder Players Union and started campaigning[54] for 2 weeks of "strike action" starting on the Friday 26th of May 2023 and ending Thursday 8th of June 2023. War Thunder Player Union [55] had 14,900 members as of May 26th.


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