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Tetris Celebrates 26th Anniversary

23. June 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

June marks the twenty-sixth anniversary of the creation of Tetris. Though nearly everyone has heard of this wildly popular puzzle game, few people know that it originated in Russia.

Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris on June 6, 1984 while working for the Computing Center of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Tetris made its way to the West in 1986 and became immensely popular after the Game Boy release in 1989. However, thanks to USSR copyright law at the time of the game’s creation, the government owned the rights to Tetris and Pajitnov was not entitled to any earnings. He only started profiting from his creation in 1996, a delay that cost him millions in royalties.

The game has sold over 70 million copies and has reached over 100 million paid downloads on mobile phones since 2005. In addition, Tetris is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players, and even Easter Eggs and tattoos!