Putin instructed to transfer the servers and offices of online game companies to the Russian Federation

Putin instructed to transfer the servers and offices of online game companies to the Russian Federation

On October 19, 2023, at a meeting of the Sports Development Council, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, was offered to block online games, including those with “anti-state values”, in the * domain. The president agreed that the servers of all games should be located in Russia.

Online games played in Russia must be located in the *.ru domain, and their servers must be located on the territory of the country, the President of the Russian Federation said at a meeting of the Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sports.

Russia does not have a regulatory body for network games, Umar Kremlov, the head of the executive committee of the Boxing Federation, noted during the meeting. According to him, American and Canadian companies are engaged in Internet games. “About $5 billion is the turnover that goes abroad through the *.com zone,” Kremlov said.

He also suggested creating a single regulator for games so they could be blocked if needed. Those companies that want to work in Russia, according to his proposal, should register their games in the *.ru domain, place software and servers on the territory of the country, and also open a local office, Kremlov said.

“Indeed, the servers should be with us. We love both Canada and the USA, but to make money from us, especially in such a negative way for us: why do we allow this?” Putin said. He emphasized that “it is necessary not to work out, but to take” concrete steps to solve this issue. “And it should be included in the single regulator,” instructed Putin.

At the moment, there are no details about who and how will work on this instruction.

The press service of Astrum Entertainment (which publishes in Russia, for example, the Chinese Perfect World, as well as Atomic Heart from Mundfish) informed the media that the game servers of Astrum Ent. and so are in Russia. “This arrangement of the infrastructure allows for minimal response time in the game, which is important for a comfortable gameplay,” the company said.

Representatives of VK Play and Syberia Nova (developer of the game “Trouble”) declined to comment. The press service of the Ministry of Statistics also refused to comment on this initiative.

Earlier, the mass media, citing data from the Video Game Industry Development Organization (RVI), reported that 50 new game studios had opened in Russia over the past 18 months.

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