WoT celebrates 5-year anniversary!
Wargaming celebrates the 5-year anniversary of their biggest and the most successful project. August 12, 2015 is a very significant date in the history of World of Tanks: 5 years ago, it was officialy released to start its way to becoming one of the best free-to-play MMO games of the world.
"Of course, you have heard this story many times before, but everything began from a small team of 70 people and a dream of a 10 000 players online, — Victor Kislyi, the director of Wargaming, says. — Today, Wargaming is a company with more than 4000 employees at 16 offices all around the world. Imagine, what could’ve happen if we continued working on another World of Warcraft clone.”
The road to success
During five years, the game was majorly updated 45 times. Its game play and graphic were constantly evolving, and the players received new opportunities to develop in-game. The number of maps increased from 3 (legendary “Malinovka”, “
Thanks to it simplicity and well-organized game play, World of Tanks gained incredible popularity among the players. Below you can find the most significant achievements of the game:
- Two Guinness world records for the biggest number of players online simultaneously on one server.
- Two Golden Joystick Awards wins as the most popular online game.
- Two European Game Awards.wins.
The global expansion
Having started as a PC-game in 2010, World of Tanks has gone a long way and is presented on almost all gaming platforms now. Smartphone users enjoy playing World of Tanks Blitz, while the fans of consoles can try it on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. By the way, World of Tanks was the first game in the history that presented cross-platform play. Board games lovers couldn’t be left aside, so they got a very interesting strategical step-by-step game World of Tanks Generals.
During last two years, World of Tanks developed into quite solid esports discipline. WG League, held in 2014, gathered together more than 300 000 players, and the number of grand-final viewers reached 2 185 240 mark.
The respect for history
To evoke the players’ interest in the history of wars, company launched a global project “Помним всё” (We remember everything) in 2013. They did great restoration works of historic monuments and war technology and helped many military museums in
The anniversary celebration
Traditionally, gifts and giveaways from the World of Tanks team will be waiting for all players on 12–17 August:
- A new special hangar
- x5 experience for the first 5 wins on every tank
- Free BT-7A tank
- Tested and premium tanks sales
Further information can be found on official World of Tanks portal.
"World of Tanks is a lot more than just a game. We managed to gather a team of true professionals that can perform the most difficult tasks. Even more, "Tanks" have already found their audience – dedicated, thoughtful people that are always ready to help each other. We are very lucky to have such players and, on the behalf of our company, I would like to say thanks to each and every tanker, beginner and old-timer, who plays our game. We couldn't do so much without you, guys", — Victor Kislyi summarized.