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Shurick Agapitov

Founder

Xsolla

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Shurick Agapitov
Mike Acker
Pictet Asset Management (USA) Corp.
Yousef Al Otaiba
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Shurick’s Biography

Shurick Agapitov is a highly regarded, innovative founder and advisor in the gaming, Web3, Metaverse and fintech space. He is the Founder of Xsolla, Inc., a video game company that, through its blockchain technology, offers developers a set of tools and services to more effectively operate and sell more games. Xsolla has offices in cities across the globe, including Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Dubai and others.

With Xsolla, Shurick is working on providing gamers, developers and the public an avenue to monetize the Metaverse. Shurick oversees Xsolla’s global team, which works together to give gamers and the community the opportunity to control their destiny in an industry that has historically been too centralized and competitive. An example of this is the Xsolla Funding Club, an investment network designed to help small studios reach development goals through capital investment, while maintaining their artistic and creative control.

Shurick is also the Founder of XLA. The goal of XLA is to ensure that the concepts of Web3 are within everyone’s reach, promoting a more connected,...
Shurick Agapitov is a highly regarded, innovative founder and advisor in the gaming, Web3, Metaverse and fintech space. He is the Founder of Xsolla, Inc., a video game company that, through its blockchain technology, offers developers a set of tools and services to more effectively operate and sell more games. Xsolla has offices in cities across the globe, including Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, Dubai and others.

With Xsolla, Shurick is working on providing gamers, developers and the public an avenue to monetize the Metaverse. Shurick oversees Xsolla’s global team, which works together to give gamers and the community the opportunity to control their destiny in an industry that has historically been too centralized and competitive. An example of this is the Xsolla Funding Club, an investment network designed to help small studios reach development goals through capital investment, while maintaining their artistic and creative control.

Shurick is also the Founder of XLA. The goal of XLA is to ensure that the concepts of Web3 are within everyone’s reach, promoting a more connected, collaborative community among gamers and developers that guarantees fair revenue share. He is also a Co-founder of 80 Level, a global digital content publishing network, and a Founding Member of Slemma, a reporting tool that gives users the opportunity to create easy-to-use data reports from multiple data sets.

He is often sought after for his expertise in Web3 and the Metaverse, and has been interviewed by leading industry outlets, including Fintech Futures and Block Tides, and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Bloomberg and Boss Magazine. Shurick also serves as an Advisor to DMarket, a marketplace to trade virtual items and technology for building metaverses.

Shurick holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Perm State University, and has completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School and UCLA.
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Shurick’s Newsfeed

80LV
The Concept & Future of Metaverse Explained in an Upcoming Book

Shurick Agapitov, Founder of Xsolla, explores the idea of a decentralized metaverse away from corporate dominance in his soon-to-be-published book, 'Once Upon Tomorrow'.

Businesswire
Xsolla Announces New Leadership Structure for Next Phase of Growth and Innovation

After focusing on new ventures and innovative growth opportunities during the last two years, Shurick Agapitov, Founder and CEO of Xsolla, is guiding his new leadership team towards their vision for leading the global fintech and gaming industries.

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Shurick’s Background

Xsolla
Founder
Jul 2005 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Xsolla is a global video game commerce company. Its mission is to solve the inherent complexities of global distribution, marketing, and monetization to help its partners reach more geographies, generate more revenue and create relationships with gamers worldwide. Xsolla supports major gaming titles like Valve, Twitch, Roblox, Ubisoft, Epic Games, KRAFTON, Nexters, NetEase, Playstudios and more.
 
XLA
Founding Member
Feb 2022 - Present
Los Angeles, CA, USA
XLA: Powering the Metaverse. XLA provides tools and services that change how IP creators, owners, and holders generate, earn and share revenue, building the bridge between Web2 and Web3 and simplifying the complexity of Web3 payments for non-technical users.
 
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Advisory Roles

DMarket
Advisor
Nov 2017 - Present
Kyiv, UA
DMarket unlocks the multi-billion-dollar skins economy for game developers and players everywhere. Our team of passionate gamers believes a borderless gaming world is a better gaming world, and we’re building the infrastructure to make it easy for everyone to thrive in the open system of the future.
 

Media

Metaverse true believers say ‘I told you so’ after Apple’s Vision Pro launch
Quoted
Jun 2023
New York, NY, USA
The Vision Pro is “bringing the metaverse back with a vengeance,” said Aleksandr “Shurick” Agapitov, founder of the multibillion-dollar videogame company Xsolla. “The most important thing with Vision Pro is it makes good on the promise of a 3-D internet.”
 
Xsolla Adds Venmo as Additional Payment Options for the Next Generation Of Gamers
Jun 2023
Pay Station, the gaming industry's customizable, multi-platform checkout product, now accepts Venmo payments. With the addition of Venmo, developers and publishers will have greater access to younger users in the U.S., and gamers can rest assured knowing their transaction is secure.
 
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Interviews

NTD Business
Oct 2022
Shurick Agapitov shares his journey to founding Xsolla and how he sees the Metaverse developing in the future. The interview with Shurick begins at 18:38.
 
Block Tides' exclusive interview with Shurick Agapitov, the founder of Xsolla
Oct 2022
Shurick Agapitov joins Block Tides to discuss Xsolla, the world’s leading micro-transaction engine for video games, which gives the game developer community the tools to compete and succeed in the hyper-competitive video game arena and control their destiny.
 
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Features

Web3 Gaming Innovation with XLA
Mar 2023
This feature, published by Matter Labs, highlights Xsolla's groundbreaking XLA, a community-driven organization designed to democratize how creators benefit from their work by utilizing novel technologies and concepts of Web3.
 
Tech Billionaire Who Seeks to Develop Metaverse Shares Life Story
Oct 2022
Tech billionaire Shurick Agapitov, founder of video-game payments firm X-Solla, shares his life story about how he started as a kid growing up in poverty in Russia to how he became a successful entrepreneur.
 
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Publications

Once Upon Tomorrow: Harnessing the New Opportunities the Metaverse Creates
Author
New York, NY, USA
In 'Once Upon Tomorrow', Shurick Agapitov dives deep into this new age of the internet by unpacking exactly what the Metaverse is and what it will become. Seeing it as a total paradigm shift, he discusses how it will revolutionize how people interact, share stories, create and implement ideas, conduct business and live their lives. 'Once Upon Tomorrow' has a publication date of March of 2024.
 

Awards & Recognition

Merit Awards | Technology
Gold Medal
2022
Xsolla was honored with the Gold Medal award in the Gaming category. The Merit Awards is an independent awards program that recognizes global industries and the market they serve.
 
5 Best Gaming and VFX Companies to Watch 2022
2022
Trenton, NJ, USA
Xsolla is recognized for its service to the video game industry, notably its dedication to helping businesses of all sizes, from indie to enterprise, as well as developers, publishers, and platform partners.
 

Training & Management Courses

The Wharton School | University of Pennsylvania
Executive Education: Private Equity
Philadelphia, PA, USA
The Private Equity: Investing and Creating Value program is designed for institutional investors as well as investment professionals aspiring to be better private equity managers.
 
Harvard Business School
OPM 55
2020
Cambridge, MA, USA
The Owner/President Management (OPM) program is a transformative learning experience that will boost participants' leadership skills and the value of their enterprise. Participants gain a broader global perspective, a deeper understanding of operations and greater insight into driving operational excellence.
 
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Press Releases

Xsolla Announces New Office Location in Kuala Lumpur as Part of Continued Expansion and Commitment to Asia
Jan 2023
New York, NY, USA
The new office in Kuala Lumpur will be the largest Xsolla office globally outside of Los Angeles, where it is headquartered. This expansion helps Xsolla offer its growing list of innovative products to even more game companies worldwide.
 
Xsolla: Democratizing the Business Side of Games
Nov 2022
Chris Hewish, Xsolla President, discusses the evolution of game development tools that have democratized the development of games. In addition, he discusses Xsolla and how the company's tools are at the forefront of this new emerging industry.
 
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Shurick’s Education

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Perm State University
Mathematics and Computer Science