The Strong Museum Receives Donation from Wargaming

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

August 8, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325, nmcelrath@museumofplay.org

The Strong Museum Receives Donation of Materials
Chronicling History of One of the Most Influential Video Game Developers
and Launches Companion Online Exhibit and Physical Display

ROCHESTER, New York—The Strong museum recently received a donation of materials, including digital archives, promotional items, and fan-created art work, from Cyprus-based Wargaming, developer of World of Tanks and other free-to-play games. Some of the materials, which document the history of the company, are available for the public to view in The Strong’s eGameRevolution exhibit, and the history of the company can be explored in World of War Games, an online exhibit launched through Google Arts and Culture.

“Wargaming is one of the most significant game developers of the past decade and has had a huge impact on the free-to-play game market,” says Andrew Borman, digital games curator at The Strong. “The types of artifacts included in this collection help us to present a well-rounded story about this company, from its founding to how it developed its games over the years.”

In 1998, Wargaming Group Limited established itself as a developer of military strategy games, and its first game premiered in 2000. In 2010, it launched the massively multiplayer online, free-to-play game World of Tanks. The game—one of the most successful of its type—led to later incarnations on mobile and console, which are still played by millions around the world.

“Wargaming’s success rests in no small part upon the work of curators at museums around the world, who have helped to preserve the vehicles and stories of World War II,” said Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects at Wargaming. “It is thus fitting that Wargaming—on the occasion of our 20th anniversary—should seek to preserve our company’s history, so that future historians can tell the story of the rise of the global video game industry. The Strong museum was the logical choice for these materials, as they are at the leading edge of preserving digital materials in the video game industry.        

The collection includes digital materials, such as photographs, promotional videos and trailers, along with behind-the-scenes video showing how the company’s games were created. It also includes promotional items for World of Tanks, such as a military canteen, Matryuska dolls, branded leather flying helmets, and fan-created sculptures that highlight the impact of the series on players around the world. Examples of these objects can be seen at The Strong in eGameRevolution, a 5,000-square-foot exhibit dedicated to exploring the history and evolution of electronic games. The online exhibit World of War Games traces the history of Wargaming from its roots in Belarus to its emergence as a global company with offices around the world.

Says Borman, “This collection strengthens The Strong’s holdings of international video game company materials and helps capture the history of a key company in the free-to-play games marketplace—which continues to dominate the games industry.”

About The Strong

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. 

About Wargaming

 Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped more than 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that will include the armored World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles will form a common gaming universe integrated within the portalwww.wargaming.net.

As part of its multiplatform line-up, the company has introduced World of Tanks on Xbox and World of Tanks Blitz on mobile and tablet. Launched in 2014 and 2015, World of Tanks on Xbox introduced epic tank-on-tank battles to console gamers and offers the first cross-platform gaming experience between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In 2015, Wargaming announced World of Tanks for Sony’s PlayStation®4, continuing its console campaign. The mobile MMO game World of Tanks Blitz has opened up Wargaming’s trademark team-based military IP to smartphone and tablet users worldwide. Official website:  www.wargaming.com