It is a common practice for MMO companies to look for support and service in regions outside of their home territories.  This is because it is often difficult, complicated and prohibitively expensive to start a local company to accomplish servicing a regional market.   Speaking to Russia/CIS specifically many different MMO's are made available locally by Russian-based companies such as Innova, 101xp, gamenet, mail.ru and several others. As part of these deals, the company licensing the MMO