Victor Kislyi

Co-owner, CEO of Wargaming

Original name:

Viktar Kisly

Victor Kislyi, a native of Belarus, is the founder, co-owner, and CEO of holding.

Date of Birth



Victor Kislyi created his first online game in 1996. Based on chess, the game worked via email.

In 1998, Victor founded Game Stream and registered Wargaming. The first projects were DBA Online, Massive Assault (2003), Operation Bagration (2008), and Order of War (2009), but these company projects did not meet expectations.

In 2010, Wargaming launched the game World of Tanks. In January 2013, the game set a world record among all games of this genre: on this day one of the five servers of the cluster had 541 players. Now World of Tanks continues to be played by more than 150 million people.

Victor Kislyi managed to turn a startup consisting of five people into the largest developer of MMO games Wargaming. Wargaming has 18 international offices: in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The central one is located in Nicosia.

At the end of 2020, Wargaming Group sold mobile game developer Melsoft to the leader of the world game dev Israeli-holding Moon Active, Samuel Albin. According to expert estimates, the volume of the transaction could be from $500 million to $650 million.

Personal life

Since 2012, Victor has lived in Nicosia (Cyprus). He is married and has a son.

In 2016, Bloomberg included Kislyi in its “billionaires index”, the total assets of Victor Kislyi are estimated at $1 billion.


  • Winner of the European Games Award 2014: Personality Award.
  • In 2016 and 2017, Victor Kislyi topped the top 200 successful and influential entrepreneurs of Belarus and was awarded the RB Medal for Labor Merit.


Victor is fond of studying military history. He took part in buying out various rarities for the Mogilev History Museum. He is also a co-author of the initiative “We Remember Everything” ( –  a joint project with museums of armored vehicles. 

The businessman allocated $1 million from his funds to a British expedition in Myanmar to retrieve 20 World War II Supermarine Spitfire aircraft for a British museum.


Belarusian State University
Faculty of Physics

Master’s degree in Laser Physics and Spectroscopy


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