The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has shone a spotlight on Russia and all things related to it – and, for many gamers, the most famous Russian export of all is the Tetris puzzler, which helped make of the Game Boy a worldwide success at the beginning of the year. 90s.
While The Tetris Company – founded by Henk Rogers, Alexey Pajitnov and Blue Planet Software in 1996 to oversee licensing – is based in the US, “From Russia with fun” was one of the game’s original slogans, so it’s easy to see why some people would want clarification on the company’s position on the ongoing dispute.
Casey Pelkey, Vice President and General Manager of The Tetris Company, shared this statement exclusively with Nintendo Life:
I had the opportunity to speak with Alexey about what is happening in Ukraine during his recent visit to our offices. Needless to say, he and the rest of our Tetris family are heartbroken. We stand with Ukraine and remain deeply saddened by the current crisis which continues to threaten the security and well-being of its citizens.
Conceived by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 (with help from the late Vladimir Pokhilko), Tetris’ path to international fame was complex. Because it was created while the Soviet Union was still in place and the concept of intellectual property did not exist, the game became state property; the fight for western rights was so dramatic that it was made into a Hollywood movie, which should soon be released on Apple TV (assuming the fallout from the Russian invasion didn’t delay those plans, of course ).
The Tetris Company joins The Pokémon Company, CD PROJEKT and EA in showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine. On top of that, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have all suspended operations in the country.
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