Status Report: The Forgotten Developers
yesterday an issue of Jimquisition (popular Youtube show about games) came out where Jim Sterling (the host) bashes Konami for not giving due credits to people behind their projects (such as the famous Silent Hill series). He mentions this as one of the worst sins of Konami - what serious company would do that?
This is the picture posted yesterday by Yuri Pasholok on his blog - it shows the "Hall of Fame" of Wargaming. Some people on the picture are clearly superfluous (such as the Jabba Hutt left from Viktor Kisly, some financial head honcho or something) but some very, very important people are missing.
This man is Pyotr Bityukov, one of the "old guard" and the man who practically invented World of Tanks. He was one of the original people who (with SerB and Storm) created the WoT concept in his appartment. Currently he is working at WG in vehicle production, assembling references for vehicles and is one of the key figures in the decision what tanks get implemented.
And now the second developer:
This is Slava Makarov, also one of the original World of Tanks people. Ignore the ponies. He is a high level producer currently active in.... well, now that's still a secret. Slava Makarov is well-known to the Russian community (not only for his love of ponies it seems but also for - especially earlier - constant and solid communication with the playerbase, sprinkled with trolling).
So, why aren't Pyotr and Slava in there?