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Video Game Junkie Quietly Builds $3 Billion Payments Powerhouse

  • L.A.-based Xsolla takes a cut of in-game items sold to gamers
  • Aleksandr Agapitov is now working to monetize the metaverse
Aleksandr “Shurick” Agapitov
Aleksandr “Shurick” AgapitovPhotographer: Bobby Quillard/Xsolla

Aleksandr Agapitov is little known inside video gaming circles, let alone the business world. 

Yet his company is one of the leading players in the $135 billion video game payments industry, in which gamers spend real money to acquire virtual items.