Gamasutra Q&A: 1C's Baryshnikov On Growing Russia's 'Tiny' Console Market

Russia's largest publisher, 1C (Space Rangers, IL-2 Sturmovik) claims over 100 PC titles under its belt, thriving in a market where consumer taste and high piracy combine to make PC the dominant platform in Russia.

Earlier this year, though, 1C announced it's begun a move into console development for the first time with Captain Blood, releasing on PC and Xbox 360. Its previously PC-only combat flight simulator IL-2: Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is also making a bold move, slated for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Nintendo DS.

Is this a sign that console penetration in the Russian regions is increasing, or is 1C attempting to pave the way? We talked to 1C sales director Nikolay Baryshnikov about the company's new moves, including initiatives to combat software piracy in Russia and opening its own retail store.

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