bne IntelliNews – Amazon Games opens development studio in Bucharest

Video game company Amazon Games, a division of online retail giant Amazon, announced on May 21 the opening of a game development studio in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

According to the company, the Bucharest studio will focus on supporting Amazon Games’ game portfolio as it expands its internal development teams in Europe.

Amazon Games currently has development teams in Orange County, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle.

“Expanding our internal development teams to Europe was the natural next step for us as we address our extensive portfolio. Bucharest is known as one of the top emerging European cities for game development, and we look forward to tapping into its rich talent pool,” said Christoph Hartmann, Vice President of Amazon Games.

Amazon has hired Cristian Pana, former CEO of Ubisoft Bucharest, to manage its Bucharest office.

Key vacancies at the new Bucharest studio include software developer, artist, designer and animator roles – 23 positions in total, according to Ziarul Financiar.

Amazon Games’ expanding portfolio includes two released live service games, New World and Lost Ark, announced projects including Tomb Raider, The Lord of the Rings and Throne and Liberty, as well as projects from San Diego and Montreal studios and independent studio Glowmade in the UK.

The move comes a week after another major video game producer, Gameloft, confirmed its plans to close its Cluj Napoca office with almost 140 employees, but will keep its Bucharest office open.