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Amazon Games Has Unveiled First Studio In Europe

Amazon Games Has Unveiled First Studio In Europe

Amazon has announced the opening of a video game studio in Romania, the first in Europe. Amazon Games Bucharest will join Amazon Games teams in Seattle, San Diego, Montreal, and Orange County.

Leading the studio is Cristian Pana, former Ubisoft Bucharest managing director. Pana has more than 20 years of experience. He has previously worked on Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, The Division, and Far Cry.

“I’m thrilled to join Amazon Games at a time when the team is actively building across an exciting roadmap,” Pana said. “I’ve built and led outstanding teams in the past and I know this area of Europe is a hot spot for some of the very best talent in gaming.”

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Speaking about the new studio, VP of Amazon Games Christoph Hartmann said, “Amazon Games is focused on developing and publishing great games, and we have an ambitious long-term roadmap in front of us.”

“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.”

Amazon Games has already acquired the rights to publish the next Tomb Raider game developed by Crystal Dynamics. The company recently placed an order for the adaptation of Tomb Raider into a series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge.