Company:Gaijin Entertainment

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Gaijin Entertainment
TypePrivately held company
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded2002
Headquarters
Budapest, Hungary
Key people
Anton Yudintsev (Founder)
ProductsVideo games
Number of employees
150 to 200[1] (2017)
Websitegaijinent.com

Gaijin Entertainment is a Hungarian video game developer and publisher established in 2002[2] and now headquartered in Budapest.[3] The company is mostly known for War Thunder, Crossout, Star Conflict, CRSED (formerly known as Cuisine Royale) and Enlisted.

History

Gaijin Entertainment was founded 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, an office in Germany was established, to manage global operations and marketing.[5] 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 Kalrsruhe (Germany), Larnaca (Cyprus), Budapest (Hungary), Riga (Latvia), Dubai (UAE) and Yerevan (Armenia).[6]

Gaijin Entertainment group generated more than 10% of all the Hungarian IT industry profit in 2020[7] and became the largest IT taxpayer in the country.

Games

Game Developer Release year Description Platforms
Bumer: Sorvannye bashni (ru) Gaijin 2003 Game based on the movie Bimmer (2003) Windows
Adrenaline 2005[8] "Adrenaline is a game that successfully blends the genres of thrilling adrenaline-pumping racing and an economic management sim."[8] Windows[8]
X-Blades 2009 Fantasy game.[9] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[9]
IL-2 Sturmovik World War II combat flight simulator.[10] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Anarchy: Rush Hour 2010 Arcade racing game.[11] PS3
Modern Conflict Mobile real time strategy game.[12] iOS, Android
Apache Combat flight simulation game based on the Apache AH-64D Longbow attack helicopter.[13] Windows, PS3, Xbox 360[13]
Braveheart Action-role-playing game.[14] iOS[14]
Blades of Time 2012 Spiritual successor of X-Blades, introducing a darker setting and more realistic tone. Windows, macOS, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch[15]
Birds of Steel World War II combat flight simulator.[16] PS3, Xbox 360[16]
Star Conflict Star Gem. Space flight simulator MMO.[17][18] Windows, macOS, Linux, SteamOS[17]
War Thunder Gaijin 2013 20 and 21 century aerial, ground and naval vehicle simulator MMO.[19][20][21][22] Windows, macOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, Shield Android TV, PS5, Xbox Series X/S[20]
Skydive: Proximity Flight Wingsuit simulator.[23] PS3, Xbox 360[23]
Crossout Targem Games 2016 A vehicular combat MMO currently in open beta. It is available as an early access release.[24] Windows, PS4, Xbox One
CRSED DarkFlow Software 2018 Battle Royale Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Enlisted 2020[25] First-person WWII shooter.[26][25] Windows, Xbox Series X/S, PS5

Dagor Engine

The Dagor Engine is a proprietary game engine used by Gaijin Entertainment.[27] 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[28] and has been updated to version 6.5 since the release of War Thunder.[29]

Controversies

The company gained notoriety for pursuing legal action against the owner of gaijin.com, an unaffiliated website that predates the company by seven years.[30] The complaint expired and was automatically withdrawn in November 2013.[31]

On June 21st of 2020, porn actress Eva Elfie was sponsored by Gaijin's War Thunder, which sparked light controversy within the community.[32]

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.[33][34][35] 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.[36] 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."[33][37]

References

  1. "About". https://www.glassdoor.com/Overview/Working-at-Gaijin-Entertainment-EI_IE644016.11,31.htm. 
  2. "15 years of Gaijin Entertainment. The road from Bumer: Sorvannye Bashni to War Thunder". https://www.igromania.ru/article/29694/15_let_Gaijin_Entertainment_Put_ot_Bumera_Sorvannye_bashni_do_War_Thunder.html. 
  3. "Gaijin Entertainment | About" (in en). https://gaijinent.com/en/about/. 
  4. "15 лет Gaijin Entertainment. Путь от "Бумера: Сорванные башни" до War Thunder" (in ru-RU). https://www.igromania.ru/article/29694/15_let_Gaijin_Entertainment_Put_ot_Bumera_Sorvannye_bashni_do_War_Thunder.html. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Gaijin Entertainment | Terms of service" (in en). https://gaijinent.com/en/b/termsofservice. 
  6. "Locations - Gaijin Entertainment". https://gaijinent.com/loc. 
  7. "Halsperma-minősítéstől az űrbe: a közbeszerzési bajnok 4iG útja a legnagyobb magyar cégek közé | G7 - Gazdasági sztorik érthetően" (in hu). 2021-12-03. https://g7.hu/vallalat/20211203/halsperma-minositestol-az-urbe-a-kozbeszerzesi-bajnok-4ig-utja-a-legnagyobb-magyar-cegek-koze/. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Adrenaline". http://gaijin.ru/en/games/adrenaline. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "X-Blades". http://www.gaijinent.com/en/games/xblades. 
  10. "IL-2 STURMOVIK: BIRDS OF PREY". 1C Publishing. http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/il-2-sturmovik-birds-of-prey-ds. 
  11. "Adrenaline: Rush Hour". http://gaijin.ru/en/games/anarchy. 
  12. "Modern Conflict". http://gaijin.ru/en/games/modernconflict. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "THE GAME". http://apache-game.com/en#/game/. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Game info". Gaijin Entertainment. http://gaijin.ru/en/games/braveheart. 
  15. "About game". http://www.bladesoftime.com/. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "The game". http://www.birdsofsteel.com/en/game. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Star Conflict". http://www.gaijinent.com/en/games/starconflict. 
  18. "Star Conflict for PC Reviews" (in en). CBS Interactive Inc.. https://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/star-conflict. 
  19. "War Thunder - Next-Gen MMO Combat Game for PC, Mac, Linux and PlayStation®4 | Play for free now! - About the Game" (in en). https://warthunder.com/en/game. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "War Thunder". Gaijin Entertainment. http://www.gaijinent.com/en/games/warthunder. 
  21. "War Thunder for PC Reviews" (in en). CBS Interactive Inc. https://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/war-thunder. 
  22. Zacny, Rob (7 August 2014). "WAR THUNDER REVIEW" (in en). Future Publishing Limited. https://www.pcgamer.com/war-thunder-review/. 
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Skydive: Proximity Flight". http://gaijin.ru/en/games/skydive_proximity_flight. 
  24. Farokhmanesh, Megan (20 May 2015). "War Thunder dev announces 'Motorstorm meets Mad Max: Fury Road' MMO Crossout". Polygon. http://www.polygon.com/2015/5/20/8630829/crossout-mmo-gaijin. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Enlisted" (in en). GRY-OnLine S.A.. https://www.gamepressure.com/games/enlisted/z84aba. 
  26. "Enlisted - MMO squad-based shooter" (in en). Gaijin Network Ltd. https://enlisted.net/en/#!/. 
  27. "Archived copy". https://gaijin.ru/en/about/. 
  28. "3D Engine: Dagor Engine". https://www.mobygames.com/game-group/3d-engine-dagor-engine. 
  29. "Dagor Engine 6.5: new graphic features". https://warthunder.com/en/news/7612-development-dagor-engine-6-5-new-graphic-features-en. 
  30. "Gaijin Entertainment Ridiculous Demands". Techdirt.com. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130507/01074822975/gaijin-entertainment-demands-gaijincom-which-predates-them-doesnt-infringe-their-trademark.shtml. 
  31. "overview of lawsuit finale". 27 January 2014. http://www.gaijin.com/2014/01/not-with-a-bang-but-with-a-whimper/. 
  32. (in en) Парни о работе в порно (Oliver Trunk, Leon13, Devils Kos, Ryan Moore) — Eva Elfie, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5i3zQfKX0g, retrieved 2021-11-18 
  33. 33.0 33.1 "Видавець гри War Thunder купує рекламу в відео з бойовиками "ДНР"". https://mil.in.ua/uk/news/vydavets-gry-war-thunder-kupuye-reklamu-v-video-z-bojovykamy-dnr/. 
  34. Allen, Joseph (4 January 2021). "War Thunder Mired In Controversy After Advertiser Sponsors Pro-Russian Militants" (in en). https://techraptor.net/gaming/news/war-thunder-mired-controversy-advertiser-sponsors-pro-russian-militant. 
  35. Maher, Cian (4 January 2021). "Russian War Thunder Publisher Gaijin Entertainment Sponsors Anti-Ukrainian YouTube Channel". www.thegamer.com. https://www.thegamer.com/gaijin-entertainment-russia-anti-ukraine-sponsor/. 
  36. "Вот на что мы тратим монетизацию / This is what we spend monetization on". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2VRwzCH0rE. 
  37. L, Albert (5 January 2021). "Gaijin Entertainment Responds To Allegations Of Funding Donbass Separatists". https://www.overtdefense.com/2021/01/05/gaijin-entertainment-responds-to-allegations-of-funding-donbass-separatists/. 

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