Alexey Pajitnov

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Alexey Pajitnov
A cropped headshot of Alexey Pajitnov smiling, standing outside of a building during the day.
Alexey at the MundoCombo Conference, in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2008
Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov

(1955-04-16) 16 April 1955 (age 69)[1]
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
Alma materMoscow Aviation Institute (M.S., Applied Mathematics)
Known forCreator of Tetris
Notable work
  • Tetris
  • Pandora's Box
  • Hexic
Spouse(s)Nina Pajitnov
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Alexey Leonidovich Pajitnov,[a] born on April 16, 1955,[2] created Tetris with Vadim Gerasimov and Dmitry Pavlovsky. Under his employment contract with the Soviet Academy of Sciences, he received a regular paycheque instead of royalties (similar to "work made for hire" under modern copyright law). He and Henk Rogers went on to found The Tetris Company in 1996.

Pajitnov worked for Microsoft from 1996 to 2005,[3] designing games for MSN's Gaming Zone and Xbox Live Arcade.[4][5]

He stays active in the game development community by judging competitions, and speaking at conferences.[6][7][8][9]

See also



  1. Russian: Алексей Леонидович Пажитнов, romanized: Aleksey Leonidovich Pazhitnov.

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