Amazon Games launches development studio in Bucharest

Amazon Games launches development studio in Bucharest
Amazon Games launched the Lost Ark's 'Darkness Unleashed' update in April. / Amazon Games
By bne IntelliNews May 22, 2024

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

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

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

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

Amazon has hired Cristian Pana, the former managing director of Ubisoft Bucharest, to manage its Bucharest office.

Key open positions at the new Bucharest studio include roles of Software Developers, Artists, Designers, and Animators – 23 positions altogether according to Ziarul Financiar.

The expanding portfolio from Amazon Games includes two launched 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 the San Diego and Montreal studios and the independent studio Glowmade in the UK.

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