1C Company, founded in 1991, specializes in distribution, support, publishing and development of business software and games in Russia since 1996. They publish and distribute leading independent development studio titles as well as those of international publishers.
1C Company is also widely acknowledged as a game developer and has five internal studios:
Most recently, the company has been expanding its publishing activities and aggressively strengthening its position in Russia with the acquisition of the publishing and distribution activities of Cenega
in 2005, now reformed as 1C Publishing EU
In July 2008 the company took another large slice of the market by acquiring Buka Entertainment
, one of its most important competitors in publishing and distributing games in Russia. That way, it has become the dominant publishing house in Russian territory with very little competition of the same size. The company republishes titles from Western giants such as Electronic Arts
and Microsoft Game Studios
, and they have their own brick and mortar stores where they sell software. In 2008, they owned 280 stores and have another 4,000 business that operate under their license.
The company also has branches in the United Kingdom (1C UK Ltd
) and in Asia (1C Asia-Pacific Limited
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