Kaliningrad is considered to be Russia’s “Silicon Valley”
In Kaliningrad at the conference hall of the hotel “Tourist”, a conference was held in honor of the 4 year anniversary of Daily Magic Productions, which produces computer games and has one of its offices located in Kaliningrad.
It is worth noting that on the scale of Russia, Kaliningrad is known as our domestic “Silicon Valley”, where are at least 8 well-known studios have made their home. Apart from Kaliningrad, studios are located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Vologda and Yoshkar-Ola.
It’s interesting that Kaliningrad made computer games, like MMOs are well known throughout Russia and the world. One large studio dedicated to games, moved entirely from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad, considering the city to be more promising.
The conference summed up the four-year work of studio; Daily Magic Productions. Marianna Shilina- Director, Isaias Vallejo – the leading producer of a large American company Big Fish Games, Olga Makarova – the lead artist at Daily Magic, Olga Bessonova – the head of the Kaliningrad studio, and Nikita herbalists – the animation lead at Daily Magic..
Speakers talked a lot about the products and computer games in general. Even though I am not one for the topic at hand, the conference was still very interesting. Modern computer games in a sense can be called art. Of course, we are talking about high-level games. The work of the writers, artists and animators is very laborious and requires much creativity. The company specializes in horror games, focusing on consumer desires. Incidentally, contrary to stereotypes these games are not aimed at young boys, but ladies over 40 because in the games Daily Magic combines detective stories in the spirit of Agatha Christie, mysticism and drama. But, as Marianne Shilina tells me, now the company is working on a lighter game in the fantasy genre. It will be a story, unfolding in two worlds – the real world we know and in a fantasy world.
The conference ended with a buffet and a magician performance.
© Olga Shumakova, for Russian West
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