Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris, and Henk Rogers, the man who (more or less) sold it to the world, have known each other for 34 years. In an interview with Polygon, they reflect on their unusual adventure which led them to become not only business partners but also close friends. Pajitnov and Rogers met each other in a government office in Moscow in 1989, where the latter was trying to secure the handheld rights to Tetris. Despite the obstacles, the pair formed an instantaneous bond because of their shared passion for video games. In the interview, Rogers reveals that Pajitnov submitted Tetris to a computer game contest, which had a significant impact on the success of the game. They also reminisce about the challenges they faced while trying to manage the rights to Tetris and how they were able to establish a core design that maintained the brand’s quality. Today, almost 40 years after its creation, Tetris is still relevant and has become synonymous with video games, thanks to the dedication of Pajitnov, Rogers, and their team.
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