VILNIUS - The Ukrainian game development studio Melior Games is opening an office in Vilnius. Half of the Melior Games team will shortly be transferred from Kiev to the company’s new office in Lithuania. The studio is also looking for local Unity3D programmers and 2D artists, and plans to build a team of 15 or more developers in Vilnius within a few years, Invest Lithuania said.
Melior Games, established in 2010 in Kiev, focuses on the US and European markets. So far the company has created more than 90 games. Their most successful releases have been games for smart phones. However, Melior Games does not limit itself to games for smart devices: the studio’s latest project is the Laser Tag system designed for outdoor games.
According to Denis Oleynik, the founder of Melior Games, the company was attracted to Lithuania not only by favourable business conditions, but also by the attitude of the authorities towards creative IT companies.
“We were amazed by the positive attitude of the Lithuanian government towards game developers. We could not believe that state institutions, and Invest Lithuania in particular, were so dedicated to game developers and their needs. Much to our amazement, we always received a prompt answer to all our questions or fears, even if this meant an hour-long video conversation on Skype. Such an attitude, the business conditions and the idyllic environment in Lithuania were fundamental in our decision to move part of our team from Kiev to Lithuania,” said Oleynik.
Two new games from Melior Games, The Little Story and LUNA, will see daylight in Lithuania in the very near future. The studio also provides game development services for external clients.