Q&A: CTXM, The Biggest XBLA Developer You Don't Know?

Latvian-headquartered developer CTXM, which also has offices in the Belarus Republic, has been producing gambling software and casual and mobile games since 2001.

In that time, the company estimate they have released the "lion's share of the casual game titles" on Microsoft's original Xbox Arcade service, and currently have six titles on the Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360, including conversions of Feeding Frenzy, Astro Pop and Zuma Deluxe.

Their most recent release for the service, Heavy Weapon Deluxe, was originally released in 2005 by PopCap Games. The two companies have been working together since CTXM's port of Bejeweled for the original Xbox, with CTXM's Head of Games Anatoly Ropotov describing the relationship between "very strong".

CTXM are also involved in publishing, along with Oberon-Media Inc., with an aim to "support Commonwealth of Independent States and Eastern European developers" by bringing their games to a Western market.

Gamasutra spoke to Ropotov about CTXM's experiences with developing for Live Arcade, their services as a publisher, and the Eastern European and CIS casual games market.

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