Amazon Games today announced it has opened a new game development studio in Europe, based in Bucharest, Romania. The studio expands our commitment to developing and publishing games as it joins the ranks of existing development teams in Orange County, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle. The new studio will focus on supporting Amazon Games’ diverse portfolio of games now and in the future.

“Amazon Games is focused on developing and publishing great games, and we have an ambitious long-term roadmap in front of us,” said Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games. “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 hired industry veteran Cristian Pana to lead the new studio in Bucharest. Cristian brings more than 20 years of experience building video games, most recently serving as the Managing Director at Ubisoft Bucharest. His experience spans some of the industry’s biggest games and franchises - including Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Crew, Far Cry, and Avatar - and diverse genres including driving games, action adventure open world games, and other role-playing games (RPGs).

Cristian Pana, Amazon Games Studio Head
Cristian Pana, Amazon Games Studio Head

“I’m thrilled to join Amazon Games at a time when the team is actively building across an exciting roadmap,” said Cristian. “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.”

The new studio supports Amazon Games’ vision of developing and publishing games that foster community in and around its games. 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 unannounced projects from our San Diego and Montreal studios, and the independent studio Glowmade in the UK.

Amazon Games is hiring across a variety of disciplines, and key open positions at the new Bucharest studio include Software Developers, Artists, Designers, and Animators.

For more details, visit our jobs page here.