Size: 11-50

Headquarters: Moscow, Moscow City, Russian Federation, Europe


Description: Chatroulette is a web site that allows users to connect to and video chat with random (site-chosen) users. It was developed by [Andrey Ternovskiy](/person/andrey-ternovskiy) of Moscow. The concept arose from video chats he used to have with friends on Skype, and that he wrote the first version of Chatroulette in "two days and two nights." Ternovskiy sought help from his long time friend [Vlad Kostanyan](/person/vlad-kostanyan) , whom helped him with his side projects. Ternovsky chose the name "Chatroulette" after watching The Deer Hunter, a 1978 film set in the Vietnam War in which prisoners of war are forced to play Russian roulette. Chatroulette uses seven high-end servers all located in Frankfurt, Germany. Network throughput is 7 gigabits a second. The application uses Adobe Flash Player, and the RTMFP peer-to-peer technology acquired from [Amicima](/organization/amicima) and introduced in Flash Player 10.0.