Ever wonder what it's really like to develop your first app? Meet Alex Patsay from Mail.Ru. In this interview, Alex Patsay answers our questions and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what it was like to create Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering and get it released into the App Store.AC: Tell us a little about your or your company. What is your background?Alex Patsay: Mail.ru Games is one of the largest gaming companies in Russia, but until recently we’ve been mostly focused on the online games for the social networks. In addition to that the parent company — Mail.Ru Group — also controls the largest social networks in Russia, has the fourth largest web-mail service in the world, instant messaging division, and various news portals that are visited by millions of users every day.
I personally spent the last 12 years doing mostly consumer software for Apple platforms — from classic Mac OS 9 to OS X, for example, I was responsible for Mac OS X versions of such famous titles like Printshop, KidPix and WorldBook. The last three years I’ve spent in the company that I co-founded — it develops mobile apps for iOS and Android for the largest companies in Russia. And now I’m responsible for mobile gaming division at Mail.ru Games. (more...)