Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mail.Ru Group, One of the Largest Internet Companies in Europe, Acquires MAPS.ME

We are happy to announce that MAPS.ME app has become part of Mail.Ru Group, a leading internet company in the Russian-speaking markets and one of the largest IT-companies in Europe. The acquisition will enable, the company’s brand focused on global audiences, to offer additional services to its users and further accelerate its global expansion.

“Mail.Ru Group is a natural fit for MAPS.ME, they completely share our vision of open data and its role in the development of innovative technology,” said Yury Melnichek, Co-Founder and CEO of MAPS.ME. “Further, the millions of Mail.Ru and users around the globe will now have direct access to our product, allowing for more contributors, and ultimately, a better user experience.”

MAPS.ME team will join Group and will continue to work on perfecting the app. The acquisition not only allows developers to implement planned features within short period of time, but also offers an opportunity to make MAPS.ME one of the most popular mapping services and increase popularity of OpenStreetMap.

Mail.Ru Group is a leading Internet company in the high-growth Russian-speaking Internet markets (Russia is Europe's largest Internet market measured by the number of users, comScore). The Company owns Russia’s leading email service and one of Russia’s largest internet portals, Mail.Ru. The Company operates all three of the Russian language social networks, Vkontakte (VK), Odnoklassniki (OK) and Moi Mir (My World), and Russia’s largest online games business. In 2013 Mail.Ru Group launched its first global project that provides a suite of communication and entertainment apps.