OverviewNival is an independent video games developer. It is headquartered in Moscow and was founded by Russian games industry veteran Sergey Orlovskiy, who currently serves as company CEO. With offices in Hallandale Beach, Florida; Kiev, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus and St. Petersburg, Russia, Nival has four development studios.
The company was founded in 1993 as Mir Dialogue and changed its name to Nival Interactive in 1998. It became famous as the developer of several successful role-playing and strategy series, including Rage of Mages (known as Allods in Russia), Blitzkrieg, Silent Storm and Etherlords. Nival also developed Heroes of Might and Magic V and two add-ons, published by Ubisoft. The company's first game is Sea Legends (1996).
Nival began to self-publish its own games in 2005. In April 2005 "Interactive" was dropped from company's name and it became just "Nival". Nival finances and publishes external developers including KranX Productions, creators of King's Bounty: Legions and Bytex, developers of Berserk Online.
In early 2005, the part of Nival operating under the name Nival Interactive was bought by Ener1 Group, a Florida-based holdings company, for around US$10 million. The development teams remained in Moscow, but marketing, management and creative teams to aid in development were moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (US). One month later, the company acquired development studio Targem Games. On November 30, 2007, Sergey Orlovskiy regained full control of Nival Interactive.
In early 2010, another part of Nival, Astrum Nival, was bought by the largest Russian portal Mail.Ru for more than $100 million, becoming a part of Astrum Online Entertainment. Currently Nival’s internal development studios are focused on PC and mobile projects.
In 2011, Nival Interactive was merged with Nival Network into a new company, called Nival. Nival has developed and launched Prime World and King's Bounty: Legions, and has several projects in development.
In December 2013, Nival raised $6 million in its Series A funding round led by Almaz Capital. The funds will be used for global expansion.
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