The Russian online game market is expected to reach $238 million in 2009, up 29% from $185 million in 2008, according to data released by iKS-Consulting (via Prime-TASS BIT). The Russian mobile game market is valued at $87 million in 2009.
MMOG will generate revenues of $210 million while casual games will generate $28 million. The game players mostly pay for MMOG with electronic money (43%) and via instant payment terminals (35%). Some 95% of casual game players pay via SMS.
The major Russian MMOG publisher and developer Astrum Online Entertainment, which is majority-owned by DST, is currently merging with online portal Mail.ru. The major casual game publisher and developer Alawar Entertainment raised several million dollar funding from Finam in 2007.