Russian cosmonauts are really into 'World of Tanks'

Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov launched a bonus gaming event from the ISS.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Fortnite and PUBG were the only games in existence at the moment, given the amount of noise surrounding them. But an upcoming gaming event, launched from actual space, shows that long-established games are still making their mark. Today, in one of the wildest endorsements ever, World of Tanks unveiled a Stellar Bonus event from the International Space Station (ISS), in celebration of the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Why space, you rightly ask? Tanks don't do so well in zero gravity, after all. One word: Russia. World of Tanks is massive in the country. According to unofficial figures from wot-news, there are around 37.2 million players on the game's Russian servers, compared to 21 million in Europe and 8.9 million in North America. So it makes sense that Russia would take the lead in this launch. And you don't get more grandiose an announcement than one made from the heavens, hence cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov officially unveiling the bonus event from the ISS (yes, they're even wearing World of Tanks T-shirts).

To take part in the event, you just need to log in to your World of Tanks account and play one battle between April 12 at 1pm (ET) and April 13 at 1pm (ET) and you'll get a bunch of in-game boosters, including: +100 percent combat XP personal reserve, +300 percent crew XP personal reserve, +300 percent free XP personal reserve and +50 percent credits personal reserve. Each booster lasts an hour. Watch Oleg and Anton's out-of-this-world message here: