Amber opens new studio in Ukraine, led by former Ubisoft executive

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Amber, a full-service game development agency, has announced that it will open a new location in Kiev, Ukraine. The new location will support the area’s AAA and PC game development community.

According to Amber, the new studio will be led by Matthew Manolovits, former studio production manager at Ubisoft Odesa. Amber plans to expand its workforce in Ukraine to 60 people by the end of 2022.

Manolovits said in a statement: “Amber’s growth to Ukraine is such an exciting opportunity, it offers Ukraine’s most talented game developers an opportunity to contribute to massive games and cutting-edge technology on a global scale.

Amber Ukraine’s new GM Matthew Manolovits.

Amber CEO Jaime Gine said in a statement: “Amber is committed to being the development agency of choice for the games industry by providing world-class creative services from its international studios. An extensive talent pool within a thriving games community and a strong cultural connection to our other Eastern European locations made it a logical decision for Amber to expand its business to Ukraine, creating a new platform for growth.”


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GamesBeat contacted Amber about the timing of the announcement, given the unrest in Ukraine. Mihai Pohontu, executive chairman and former CEO of Amber, said in a statement, “The timing of our announcement is a show of support to the Ukrainian game development community.”

This was echoed by Gine, who said: “Our presence in the Ukrainian market will not only strengthen our creative capacity, but also send a timely and strong message of our support for our team in Kiev and the wider Ukrainian game dev ecosystem. “

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