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“Belarusians are more self-ironic”

Moved to Belarus two years ago. Lived in Kazan before that, without going anywhere particularly often. Worked for a gaming company. There are no large game development companies in Kazan, the only exception perhaps being Elephant Games that develops mobile games “for the housewives.” Me, I worked for an outsourcing firm. Made games as turn-key solutions: for example, marketing games for Aeroflot.

Having worked in the company for two years, I felt the need to change something. Came to Moscow for DevGAMM. Saw the Vizor Games booth there, among others. Interestingly, the company reached out to my girlfriend first—she applied for a 3D artist position. When I saw the negotiations with her turn serious, I also decided to do an interview at Vizor Games.

“Got the offer a week after the interview—and we started packing”

Other cities seriously considered for relocation were St. Petersburg, to a lesser extent—Moscow (a city too big for me). But I proceeded from concrete proposals. The relocation process took over a month, had to take care of all the stuff.

There were doubts: still, it’s a different country, though not too far away. I knew that many people in Belarus speak Russian, and Belarusian is easy to understand. Local IT companies? Only heard about Wargaming.

But when I came to Minsk, I’d been looking at the world through pink-colored glasses for a while—I was in such high spirits. Although is Kazan located in a prosperous region, you can face arbitrary treatment or live in a run-down and dirty courtyard there. I see that the Minsk roads are looked after, and I haven’t seen such all-round devastation as back home. The climate is better here. Kazan winters are as cold as minus thirty Celsius, I’d fall ill each winter.

Minsk seems like a small city. I’ve been warned there aren’t many hangout spots, but I’m not much of a party animal. Prices are comparable with Kazan. Traveling from Belarus is convenient, but Belavia’s tariffs are sky-high.

We got lucky with the apartment. Found a realtor we knew—and found an apartment on Kalinowski Street in just four days. Everything was fine until the point when house overhauling started. We immediately moved to Bangalore Square area. From away from the subway, but still liked the area.

Minsk seems like a small city. I’ve been warned there aren’t many hangout spots, but I’m not much of a party animal. Prices are comparable with Kazan. Traveling from Belarus is convenient, but Belavia’s tariffs are sky-high.

We got lucky with the apartment. Found a realtor we knew—and found an apartment on Kalinowski Street in just four days. Everything was fine until the point when house overhauling started. We immediately moved to Bangalore Square area. From away from the subway, but still liked the area.

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I like the way the work is organized at Vizor Games. You can always approach any of your colleagues in any office of the company and discuss a work-related matter. In the Kazan firm there were disagreements with the management, overworking. No such thing at Vizor, the working culture is pleasant. However, my girlfriend who had moved from Kazan with me, was made redundant. But she’s looking for a job now.

I’m working on a PC fighting game project. Came to Vizor as a rank-and-file programmer and grew to Team Lead over time. As such, I organize the work of my team of seven people, communicate a lot with other departments.

The way I see it, there’s no big difference between Belarusians, Tatars and Russians. Except Belarusians are more self-ironic: all these jokes about the local name for ‘drawer’ or potatoes. Tatars would usually get very offended in such cases. I’ve made two good friends in Belarus, so there are no issues with communication.

I’m not going to move anywhere for the next three years—I’m working on too interesting a project now. In future, however, I would like to try myself in the West or in the East; I’ve already received invitations to interviews from Chinese companies.

Upsides
Public transport runs on schedule.

Downsides
It’s hard to find some PC components (for example, VR parts).