Romanian video game developer Amber reported a turnover of EUR 20.8 million in 2020, 58 pct higher than in 2019, according to a company press release sent to AGERPRES .
The growth of the business was supported by the full game development skills with specializations in multiple genres of games, the integration into Amber of two new studios – Scorpius Games and KaraOkulta – and the opening of three new offices in Botosani (NE Romania), Guadalajara (Mexico) and Montreal (Canada).
“Amber’s growth strategy over the past two years has had as its main objectives the diversification of the services offered and the establishment of presence in several markets. We wanted to ensure the operational synergy desired by our partners, but also an increased capacity for development, in order to be able to deliver creative services to the highest standard of quality. To support this growth, Amber has invested in 2020 more than USD 1.5 million in the development of new studios, in attracting talents, in new internal technologies and in original products,” Mihai Pohontu, Amber CEO, says.
Besides, the opening of the studio in Guadalajara brought Amber projects and customers from new markets, increased production capacity, but also the possibility to stimulate the local industry of game development. The Mexican studio offers programming and game design services in 2021, currently involving more than 150 artists, designers, programmers and testers.
“The Botosani studio, opened at the end of 2019, has created opportunities for young people in the city and the region. If in the first 12 months of activity the studio was to attract 30 specialists, thanks to more and more projects, at the end of the year more than 70 people were already working in the studio. The office will also diversify its services in the game design area, starting this year to activate a team dedicated to this discipline, while continuing to explore the opportunity to offer art services for video games. For the team in Botosani, it follows the move to a larger headquarters correlated with the new goal for recruiting local talent in 2021: more than 150 specialists to work in the studio in the northeast of the country,” the company says.
According to the source, in Montreal, Amber continues to develop a new business line on the area of product location and development services, and will employ specialists in all development disciplines.
Established in 2013 in Bucharest, Amber is a creative agency structured as a network of studios with different specializations, offering a wide range of video game development solutions, including delivery of complete products, co-development, platform conversion, live operations and support services. There are more than 700 specialists working in Amber right now.
Among the most well-known gaming companies which the Romanian company has worked or still works with are: Disney, Paradox Interactive, Rovio, NBC Universal, Kixeye, Glu, Kabam and That Game Company.
In 2018, the video game developer was classified as the fastest growing software company in Romania, according to the Inc. 5000 Europe and #463 ranking of all European companies. Amber is headquartered in Bucharest and has open offices in northeastern Botosani, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Montreal.