Amplitude Studios: chapeau les artistes!

Si vos amis n’ont jamais entendu parler d’Endless Space 2 (le génial jeu de stratégie 4X qui sortira fin septembre), voici la vidéo qu’il faut leur montrer:

Chapeau les artistes!

PS: on notera le logo de SEGA en intro :o)

L.T. Sachs a été un fier administrateur d’Amplitude Studios jusqu’au 1er juillet 2016. Et reste un administrateur.

SEGA acquires Amplitude Studios

We have just announced the sale of Amplitude Studios to SEGA.

SEGA Europe’s president/COO Jurgen Post commented:

To have the opportunity to add a studio with the growing reputation of Amplitude’s, to the SEGA family, is an exciting one and reinforces SEGA Europe’s position as a market leader in publishing high quality PC games.

Culturally, Amplitude are a fantastic fit for the business as they not only produce great games, but also have a proven track record in listening to their fans and directly involving them in the ongoing development of their games through their GAMES2GETHER system.

Our co-founder and CEO Mathieu Girard said:

Joining the SEGA family represents the culmination of five years of hard work from myself and Romain and everyone here at Amplitude Studios. For the Endless series to be alongside PC franchises with such heritage as Total War and Dawn of War in the SEGA Europe stable puts our games where we feel they deserve to be. We look forward to leveraging SEGA Europe’s expertise in the PC market to take the Endless series to the next level.

Amplitude Studios co-founder Romain de Waubert added:

Of course you could wonder, “Why Sega?” If you were to ask just Mathieu and I, we could easily answer with the words “Creative Assembly and Relic!” because we are HUGE fans of their games. The opportunity to join them is incredible for us, a real dream come true.

But the bigger reason why we wanted to join SEGA was how they treat their internal studios. Often, studios are controlled by a central department that dictates what games they should do, and how and when. But SEGA is a company that offers its support to the creators, positioning itself as a service provider, helping studios to reach their goals with only one objective in mind: Quality!

Now is the time to look back at the Amplitude story.

What began for me as a ten minutes pitch at Telecom ParisTech in the spring of 2011 has grown into a formidable fifty-four-person video game studio, one of the most interesting European developers.

Mathieu Girard and Romain de Waubert, it has been an honor and a privilege working with you. As we look toward our next endless adventures, I raise my glass to you, dear friends.

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Amplitude Studios Board of Directors 2011-2016. Standing: Romain de Waubert, Jeff Spock, Laurent Sachs. Sitting: Mathieu Girard.

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L.T. Sachs has been a proud member of Amplitude Studios Board of Directors (2011-2016)

 

 

Governance 101: Board meetings

One of the best VC out there once said :

Board meetings should be discussions. They should be interactive. They should have some structure. But they should not have too much structure.

Best practice: Amplitude Studios.

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Amplitude Studios Board of Directors. Standing: Romain de Waubert, Jeff Spock, Laurent Sachs. Sitting: Mathieu Girard

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Amplitude Studios’ Board of Directors was in a festive mood yesterday night during our Christmas party. Happy holidays everyone!

L.T. Sachs is a member of the festive Board of Amplitude Studios.

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Amplitude Studios dans Libération

Libération vient de publier un bon papier sur Amplitude Studios. Son auteur Erwan Cario a très bien saisi l’essence de notre succès.

Lorsque l’on fait face au bâtiment qui abrite le studio Amplitude, à deux pas du métro Daumesnil à Paris, la façade un peu morne ressemble au siège social d’un groupement d’actuaires. Et quand on pénètre dans leurs locaux, à l’avant-dernier étage, ça ne s’arrange pas. Dans un silence studieux se serrent 45 personnes scotchées à leur écran. On pourrait se croire dans une quelconque société de service en informatique. Il faut regarder ce qui se passe sur les écrans où se côtoient vaisseaux spatiaux, générateurs de planètes et autres créatures fantastiques pour constater qu’ici, on crée des jeux vidéo.

Et pas n’importe lesquels. Endless Space (2012) et Endless Legend(2014) sont tous deux devenus des références mondiales dans le genre des jeux de gestion et stratégie en tour par tour, autrement appelé «4 X» (pour exploration, expansion, exploitation et extermination).

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Autofinancé à 100 %, Amplitude ne peut compter que sur les recettes de ses productions pour subvenir à ses besoins. C’est le destin de ceux qui choisissent la voie de l’indépendance totale, et Amplitude est devenu pour le mouvement indé une success story emblématique.

Bon, pour la façade de l’immeuble je suis assez d’accord. Mais pour nos lumineux locaux au sommet de l’immeuble, avec une grande cuisine ouverte et une magnifique terrasse dominant tout le sud-est parisien, je peux dire une chose: j’habiterais bien là.

Amplitude, la stratégie indé, par Erwan Cario

Journaliste, Erwan Cario écrit sur les jeux vidéo depuis 2001 au sein du journal Libération. Il est par ailleurs responsable d’Ecrans.fr, un site fils de Liberation.fr consacré aux cultures numériques, et animateur de l’émission hebdomadaire en ligne (podcast) «Silence, on joue !», sur l’actualité du jeu vidéo.

Amplitude Studios - Create the best strategy games!

L.T. Sachs est un fier administrateur d’Amplitude Studios.

I need your vote for Amplitude Studios

Amplitude has received several nominations for both our video games Dungeon of the Endless and Endless Legend at the UNITY AWARDS 2015 (we are working with the Unity 3D engine to make our incredible Endless games). Two years ago in 2013, our Endless Space received two prestigious awards: the Golden Cube & the Community Choice. We need your support this year again!

HOW TO VOTE

Go on the Unity Awards 2015 page here: Unity 2015 Nominations
Sign in to vote / Create an account
Tick the boxes and remember to vote for the Endless games!

NOMINATIONS

As a reminder, we are nominated for:

The Golden Cube (Endless Legend)
Best 3D Visual Experience (Endless Legend)
Best Gameplay (Dungeon of the Endless)
The Community Choice (Dungeon of the Endless & Endless Legend)

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Endless Space 2 will be released in 2016. Thank you so very much for spreading our Endless word!

L.T. Sachs is a member of the board of Amplitude Studios.

Endless Legend 8ème meilleur jeu vidéo de stratégie de l’histoire

Après l’avoir nommé « Meilleur jeu de stratégie 2014 », le grand magazine spécialisé RockPaperShotgun vient de classer Endless Legend 8ème meilleur jeu vidéo de stratégie de l’histoire :

« Amplitude only seem to have been around for five minutes and here they are in the top ten. The studio’s first release, Endless Space, was promising but seeing that promise fulfilled so quickly was one of 2014’s most pleasant surprises. Along with unusual and inventive worldbuilding, blending fantasy with sci-fi and delivered through beautiful art, Endless Legend takes a novel approach to 4X traditions».

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L.T. Sachs is a 4X strategic member of the board of Amplitude Studios.