Stepan Zotov

Stepan Zotov

CEO for NIKITA ONLINE. Born in 1979, Stepan has joined NIKITA’s ranks in 1997 as Trade Marketing Manager. During his time with the company Stepan worked in several departments, including product development and testing. In 2002 he was appointed Head of Marketing. On top of that in that very year Stepan became the producer of the first Russian MMORPG Sphere which enjoyed a tremendous success. In 2004 Stepan got promoted to CEO. It was his contribution and vision that helped NIKITA ONLINE to rapidly expand its business and eventually become one of the recognized leaders of the Russian online games market. Currently Stepan is one of NIKITA ONLINE's major stakeholders and a member of the board.

  • A Stepan Zotov | 14 November 2012

    Five Reasons Not to Worry about the “Black List”

    Five Reasons Not to Worry about the “Black List”

    From day to day Russian Internet is becoming more and more attractive as an investment dropzone for overseas business endeavors. That is the result of both solid growth and deliberate policy aimed at creating an open market. Has Russian government actually managed to abolish this hard-gained achievement with the notorious banishing law?

  • A Stepan Zotov | 15 August 2012

    Online Games in Russia: Localizing Global Trends

    Online Games in Russia: Localizing Global Trends

    “huge growth” is certainly an appropriate definition for Russian online games market. In many aspects it shares the global tendencies while there are still some national specific features.

  • A Stepan Zotov | 4 July 2012

    Caught in the Middle: Russian Online Games Between the Eastern and the Western Concepts

    The first massive multiplayer online game was developed in Asia while the most successful one originated from the western developers. Today MMOs are a global market but the eastern-style games and business approach are still quite differ from those of the western-kind. What about Russia with its both geographically and culturally interstitial disposition?

  • A Stepan Zotov | 18 June 2012

    Make ‘Em Play! 10 Things to Know about Russian Online Gamers

    Make ‘Em Play! 10 Things to Know about Russian Online Gamers

    By 2013 Russian online games market currently estimated at $668 million is to soar up to $1 billion according to J'son & Partners. Business may find some lucrative opportunities here but first of all it’s necessary to clarify who you deal with.