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Fall of Stalker: the implosion of Ukraine’s largest dev paved way for the country’s gaming future

Fall of Stalker: the implosion of Ukraine’s largest dev paved way for the country’s gaming future

There's hopefully a silver lining whenever a game developer goes out of business or a major publisher announces layoffs; most people in the world of development are just too knowledgeable and too passionate to ever stop creating.

When one company explodes, the seeds of future companies are scattered throughout the surrounding areas. They're sometimes even better companies, as the former employees had the chance to watch and learn through the mistakes of their former leaders.

For more than half a decade it's been clear that Ukraine was soon to be a force to be reckoned with in the games industry, and this article paints a picture of a country that has the ability to stay competitive at the top level of the games business... but just barely.