It has been an exciting week at GDC. Some amazing tech was on display and we got a few sneak peaks at what the future holds for the gaming industry. Since Xfire users like to compete, it is only fitting that we take some time to decide upon a “winner” of GDC. Criteria includes quality of product, future potential, swagger, what free stuff they gave away, if they hosted a great party, and of course, whether or not they had booth babes.
After much thought, deep analysis and a disastrous attempt to put all of the collected data into an Excel spreadsheet, the King of GDC has got to be our Eastern European friends at Wargaming.net. In short, they killed it this week.
The Belarus powerhouse has been gobbling up market share with their extremely successful World of Tanks, and are showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Having acquired Gas Powered Games and a slew of other developers, Wargaming is establishing their identity and future trajectory in impressive fashion.
I was able to spend a lot of time at their booth (which was easily the best one on the whole floor) and came away thinking that these guys are going to be the big dogs of the gaming industry very soon. After some hands-on time with World of Warplanes, which is currently in closed beta, I was very happy with the quality of the F2P title. Beautiful visuals, strong UI, realistic physics and fun “do anything” gameplay were just some of the qualities the game contains.
Although the third piece of the puzzle, World of Warships, was not on display, we should expect to see another highly polished multiplayer experience to round out Wargaming’s “Sea, Air and Land” offensive.
With the GDC announcement this week that Wargaming.net is going mobile with World of Tanks: Blitz, the company is attacking from all fronts, aggressively pursuing their goals. This ambitious business plan can definitely backfire, but it also looks like the developer/publisher is expanding in a smart and calculated manner.
Needless to say, I was very impressed, and have a new found respect for the company after seeing how they operate up close. What are your thoughts on Wargaming.net? Do you think their impressive growth is sustainable, or are they getting in over their heads? Let us know!