In a highly competitive video game development industry, Sega continues to grow its video gaming foundation through acquisition. Last week, the company announced that they had just signed a deal to acquire the PC and Xbox One game development house of Amplitude Studios. Avid gamers and industry insiders will note that Amplitude Studios is the development house behind the award-winning strategy game titled Endless Space.
Amplitude Studios is headquartered in Paris, France, where the company has developed other award-winning games such as Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless. The company was founded in 2011 by Romain de Waubert de Genlis and Mathieu Girard, both of whom spent time on the development team to Ubisoft.
On the company’s social media site, Amplitude company officials posted the following information: “What we want to do is to focus on making games; that is why we created Amplitude. But with the pressure on sales and marketing we found that more and more time was dedicated to everything else – everything that we didn’t have the size and scale to deal with. So we decided to look for the best partner we could to protect us from these distractions so that game development did not become a chore, but remained a passion.”
The post went on to add, “Therefore, we have decided to join forces with SEGA – yes, that SEGA! We want the only question that keeps us up at night to be, How do I make better games? Partnering with SEGA will bring us to a whole new level.”
While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, it was communicated that both Mr. de Genlis and Girard would stay with the company to continue working on Amplitude’s sequel – Endless Space 2, which is due out some time towards the end of the year.
As Sega continues to focus on strategy games, they are looking for Amplitude to join forces with the other two Sega strategy game developers, The Creative Assembly and Relic Entertainment, to build up a strong portfolio of strategy-based games for major clients like Microsoft’s Xbox One and PC-based software developers.