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Mihai Pohontu appointed Amber CEO

In April 2017 Mihai Pohontu, former Samsung VP and EA Mosaic GM has been appointed CEO of Romanian
game development services firm – Amber.

Foreign Press:
https://venturebeat.com/2017/03/31/ex-samsung-exec-mihai-pohontu-takes-ceo-job-at-romanias-amber-game-studio/
http://www.pocketgamer.biz/job-news/65450/romanian-outsourcing-studio-amber-recruits-former-samsung-vp-as-ceo/
http://www.outsourcing-today.ro/articol.php?id=7018
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amber-launches-a-one-stop-live-operations-solution-for-game-companies-300432362.html

Romanian Press:

http://www.revistabiz.ro/mihai-pohontu-noul-ceo-amber/
https://start-up.ro/studioul-romanesc-de-jocuri-are-un-nou-ceo-mihai-pohontu-ex-samsung/
http://www.wall-street.ro/articol/IT-C-Tehnologie/209335/mihai-pohontu-ex-samsung-este-noul-ceo-al-amber.html
http://www.forbes.ro/mihai-pohontu-preia-conducerea-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-romania-80693
http://www.businessmagazin.ro/actualitate/mihai-pohontu-se-intoarce-in-romania-pe-functia-de-ceo-al-amber-16215656
http://www.capital.ro/mihai-pohontu-fost-vicepresedinte-samsung-numit-ceo-al-amber-c.html
http://www.businesscover.ro/mihai-pohontu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber/
https://www.profit.ro/povesti-cu-profit/it-c/mihai-pohontu-fost-vicepresedinte-samsung-este-noul-ceo-al-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-romania-16883331
http://www.startupcafe.ro/stiri-afaceri-21692445-mihai-pohontu-amber-studio-ceo-samsung.htm
http://www.9am.ro/stiri/Business/303819/mihai-pohontu-fost-vicepresedinte-samsung-numit-ceo-al-amber.html
http://www.comunic.ro/article/mihai-pohon%C8%9Bu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-rom%C3%A2nia
http://www.alexradescu.ro/2017/03/miscari-pe-piata-de-gaming-mihai-pohontu-noul-ceo-amber.html
http://www.agora.ro/stire/mihai-pohon-u-este-noul-ceo-al-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-romania
https://www.cariereonline.ro/leadership/mihai-pohontu-veteran-al-industriei-de-gaming-trece-barca-amber-calitate-de-ceo
http://www.bizlawyer.ro/stiri/tranzactii/mihai-pohontu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber
http://www.efinance.ro/view.php?id=5994&referer=scroll&indicator=stiri
http://www.amosnews.ro/mihai-pohontu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-romania-2017-03
http://computergames.ro/mihai-pohontu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-independent-din-romania/
http://www.zf.ro/business-hi-tech/amber-romania-si-a-luat-ceo-de-la-samsung-mihai-pahontu-s-a-reintors-in-tara-pentru-a-prelua-conducerea-celui-mai-mare-studio-independent-de-gaming-16218009
http://www.ordineazilei.ro/locuri-de-munca/cariera/p/mihai-pohontu-este-noul-ceo-al-amber

Crashcourse in game design

In the spring of 2017 we started a workshop dedicated to high school students – Crashcourse in game design. We wanted (and want, as we are working on other editions) to help the them with insights from an area that is a bit unknow to them, even if games are part of their everyday life. In the first two editions, the students that participated were from Mihai Viteazul and Tudor Vianu, Bucharest colleges.
Victor Kapra was one of our guests at the workshop with the students from Mihai Viteazul National College. In the article below he describes Amber’s history and how the first Crashcourse went. When they arrived at Amber, the high school students were a bit shy, but after visiting the offices and getting used to the cool atmosphere, they were ready for the course. Gabriel Stancu introduced them to what game design means and how he got to be one of the Amber People. Having a clear idea of the filed, the students were ready to imagine their own game. As they were guided by Ionut-Gabriel Solomon and Aurelian Talpasanu, they created their first game character Soseta (aka Sock), who was searching through out the Universe for his missing pair. Ideas piled up and everyone was more and more excited with each passing minute. The first edition was a success!

Victor’s Kapra article: http://www.victorkapra.ro/2017/06/amber-studio-faci-pornind-soseta-rupta/

For the second Crashourse, Oana Cosman from StartUp.ro joined us and her impressions are in the article below. The event went quite smooth as the students got a lovely tour of the Amber offices from Ana Pohrib and Monica Farkas. After they became more familiar with the place, Gabriel Stancu was ready to talk to them about the exciting world of game design and how one can make a career while playing games. Moreover, Ionut-Gabriel Solomon and Aurelian Talpasanu helped them select ideas for their own game – The Semi Gods that will save the Planet! After the workshop ended we received a lot of good feedback from the students and the teacher that participated – even more, some of the scholars wanted to know when they could start an internship at Amber.

StartUp.ro article: https://start-up.ro/semizeii-de-la-vianu-elevii-creatori-de-jocuri-care-salveaza-planeta/

Antena1 – High Scholars @ Amber – Tudor Vianu (English Subtitles) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6cbiBHeRKw

Interviews

November 2015 – Dragos Hancu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_1-Xmw__zw
July 2016 – Dragos Hancu https://start-up.ro/rockstar-in-2016-gamerul-care-face-milioane-de-euro/
September 2016 – Dragos Hancu https://www.cariereonline.ro/news/dragos-hancu-omul-care-transformat-antreprenoriatul-intr-o-joaca-pe-telefon
November 2016 – Dragos Hancu http://www.zf.ro/zf-live/zf-live-dragos-hancu-ceo-amber-studio-industria-de-gaming-are-nevoie-de-un-sistem-educational-mai-bun-si-deduceri-fiscale-pentru-start-up-uri-15974753
February 2017 – Tudor Postolache http://www.economica.net/de-la-patru-oameni-intr-o-garsoniera-la-300-de-angajati-in-patru-ani-interviu-cu-tudor-postolache-de-la-amber-studio_133087.html
April 2017 – Mihai Pohontu http://www.startupcafe.ro/stiri-hitech-21696692-planuri-are-mihai-pohontu-romanul-care-plecat-samsung-america-pentru-dezvolta-business-unui-producator-independent-local-jocuri.htm

Amber Extending

July 2016 – Outstanding turnover for the Romanian gaming studio – http://start-up.ro/cifra-de-afaceri-impresionanta-pentru-studioul-de-jocuri-romanesc-amber-studio/

July 2016 – Amber, the biggest independent Romanian gaming studio is extending http://www.agora.ro/stire/amber-studio-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-romanesc-independent-se-extinde

July 2016 – The Romanian game developers: the growth of the larger independent gaming studio http://adevarul.ro/tech/gaming/romanii-creatori-jocuri-video-extinde-mai-mare-studio-independent-1_578380985ab6550cb8c139b1/index.html

July 2016 – Local gaming studio, Amber, with 4 million EUR income in 2015, is extending and transforms its creation department into another studio – http://www.news.ro/economic/studioul-local-de-gaming-amber-cu-afaceri-de-4-mil-euro-in-2015-se-extinde-si-transforma-divizia-de-creatie-intr-un-studio-de-sine-statator-1922413707002016071315519623

July 2016 – Local gaming studio, Amber, is extending
http://www.profit.ro/povesti-cu-profit/it-c/studioul-local-de-gaming-amber-cu-afaceri-de-4-mil-euro-in-2015-se-extinde-15519638

July 2016 – Amber, 196 million RON, income in 2015 – http://www.businesscover.ro/amber-studio-venituri-de-196-mil-lei-in-2015/

July 2016 – Amber, the biggest independent Romanian gaming studio is extending https://zonait.tv/amber-studio-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-romanesc-independent-se-extinde/

July 2016 – Local game developer, Amber, is extending its activity with two new companies – http://www.zf.ro/business-hi-tech/dezvoltatorul-local-de-jocuri-pentru-pc-uri-amber-studio-isi-extinde-activitatea-prin-doua-noi-companii-15520884

July 2016 – Romanian independent game studio reaches EUR 4.3 mln turnover – http://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-independent-game-studio-reaches-eur-4-3-mln-turnover/

July 2016 – Amber Studio’s creative division to become autonomous company specialized in developing original IPs – http://www.business-review.eu/news/amber-studios-creative-division-to-become-autonomous-company-specialized-in-developing-original-ips-111922

July 2016 – Amber, the biggest independent gaming studio is extending – http://computergames.ro/amber-studio-cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-romanesc-independent-se-extinde/

July 2016 – The biggest independent gaming studio is extending – http://playtech.ro/2016/cel-mai-mare-studio-de-gaming-romanesc-independent-se-extinde/#inlinegallery

July 2016 – Amber – A Romanian success story – http://www.overheat.ro/2016/07/10/amber-studio-afacere-romaneasca-de-succes/

Gaming in Romania & The Growth of Amber

With over 60 studios, 7 000 employees and over 140 million euros turnover, the gaming market in Romania became, also, a regional hub. It’s the place where are created some of the well-known PC, console and mobile games for buyers all over the Globe.
Ubisoft, Gameloft, Electronic Arts, King are just a few of the well-known names that activate in Romania, alongside local studios like Amber – that had an exponential growth in the past years.
Blazing Angels, H.A.W.X., Silent Hunter, N.O.V.A., Mortal Combat, FIFA, Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon, Bubble Witch, Asphalt, Brothers in Arms are some of the games that were developed in this Romanian Studios.
Moreover, this industry in Romania has become quite visible as different events were organized by companies from the field or by RGDA (Romanian Game Developers Association). DevPlay, the first local conference for this industry took place in 2016 and in 2017 there’s going to be the second edition.
The history of Amber started in 2013 in a small flat with just three people, three computers and the passion for games. Clients started coming, the number of people grew and a new accommodation was required. Now, in 2017, Amber has 250 people and are working with names clients like: Disney, Scopely, Kixeye, Little Labs, Oh Bibi.

October 2016 – iLikeIT (PRO TV) visited Amber, a gaming company managed by a Romanian http://stirileprotv.ro/ilikeit/smart-things/ilikeit-a-ajuns-la-amber-studios-o-companie-de-jocuri-pentru-mobil-condusa-de-un-roman-avem-programatori-buni.html

January 2017 – The challenges of the gaming industry https://www.cariereonline.ro/actual/provocarile-industriei-de-gaming-intre-profit-pasiune-si-viata-personala?page=0,0

March 2017 – They took gaming to the next level. The story of two developers
http://www.digi24.ro/stiri/sci-tech/lumea-digitala/au-dus-jocul-la-nivel-urmator-povestea-a-doi-informaticieni-679264

June 2017 – Romania the new gaming hub http://www.revistabiz.ro/romania-noul-hub-de-gaming/

July 2017 – Analysis: on what level is the Romanian gaming industry and what are the prospects http://www.businessmagazin.ro/business-hi-tech/analiza-in-ce-stadiu-se-afla-industria-dezvoltarii-de-jocuri-video-din-romania-si-care-sunt-perspectivele-16553592