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Sphere becomes Best Multiplayer Game 2004 in Russia


On 5 March 2005, Moscow, Russia, hosted Gameland Award, an award ceremony for computer and videogame achievements. The expansion to the first Russian massively multiplayer online role-play game called Sphere. Continent of Power, became the winner in the Best Multiplayer Game of 2004 category.

Gameland Award has become the first activity on such a scale organised by the leading journalists of the Russian game industry. The award ceremony took place in the Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army. Leading developers, publishers and localizing companies from Russia and CIS states took part in this event. The founders of popular game magazines, television, film, rock and pop stars came to congratulate the winners.

Entries in the Best Multiplayer Game 2004 category included such titles as Soldiers: Heroes of WW2, Ostrich Runner, Kreed: Battle for Savitar, Perimeter, Alexander, Pearl Harbour and Gulf War. Sphere - Continent of Power has taken this well-deserved award. The expansion to the first Russian massively multiplayer online role-play game was released on 19 November 2004 and introduced considerable changes to the game process. The joint work of 1C Company, Nikita and Yandex employees has been rightly appreciated by both users and leaders of the Russian game industry.

About Nikita Company

Nikita is the leading Russian manufacturer of computer games and mobile services and Russia's first game company. The main areas of the company's activity are computer games development, localization of games for Russian users, mobile services and publication of an interactive magazine for young people. Nikita aims at development and services based on state-of-the-art technology and platforms.

About 1C Company

1C Company specializes in distribution, publishing and development of interactive entertainment products and business software. Founded in 1991 1C has become the leading Russian company publishing and distributing computer games in the former USSR. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has 2 internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include Konung Legends of the North, IL-2 Sturmovik, IL-2 Sturmovik:The Forgotten Battles and Wartime Command. 1C Company works as a publisher and producer with over 20 leading Russian independent development studios and has produced over 50 projects for PC, Xbox and PS2. More information about the company is available at

About Yandex Company

Yandex is the biggest Russian portal offering a variety of web services. According to different research groups (Gallup Media, Comcon, FOM) Yandex is the biggest resource on the Russian Internet. Yandex services include web search and a directory of websites, a payment system and latest news, encyclopedias and dictionaries, an expert system to choose goods and a catalogue of offers from stores, a no limit electronic mail and hosting, etc, etc. Besides, Yandex provides excellent media for both mass and targeted advertising.

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