This day back in 1984, a little game called Tetris was launched. Creator Alexey Pajitnov summed up his feelings well in a statement earlier today. “I never imagined Tetris was going to be this successful.”
And, boy was it. Not only was it a huge hit in the late 80s and 90s, but it has gone on to see more than 425 million paid downloads on mobile devices.
Pajitnov still plays his creation every week. He also talks about the joy meeting “fans from around the world who are also as passionate about Tetris as me, and there is no doubt in my mind Tetris will continue to expand and bring its classic appeal to new players in new ways and on new devices, whatever they may be.”
Pajitnov created Tetris in Russia in 1984. The game was a hit in the Soviet Union, but it would take a few more years before it spread across the world. Nintendo licensed the game in 1989 and launched it with the Game Boy. Tetris’ popularity soared as 35 million copies of the Game Boy version were sold.
Today, Tetris has traded its 8-bit world for Facebook, mobile devices and even the newest game consoles.
Tetris has a bright future ahead of it. The game will make its way to Xbox One and PS4 later this year in a licensing deal with Ubisoft.
EA is celebrating the 30th anniversary by adding a new mode to Tetris Blitz on iOS and Android devices.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the classic game make the jump to Oculus Rift at some point.