Norwegian video game developer Funcom has opened a studio in Bucharest, serving as the company’s headquarters for quality assurance (QA). Plans are in place to expand to other areas of game development over time.
Ionuț Codreanu was appointed head of the Bucharest studio. He previously worked with Vivendi, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft.
“We are happy to have found the right person to open a studio in Bucharest. Ionuț has extensive experience in the Romanian games market, having worked for over 17 years in companies such as Vivendi, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft. We hope that Ionuț will make Funcom Bucharest an important player. The Bucharest studio will be involved in the development of projects such as Dune, Conan Exiles, etc. Said Rui Casais, CEO of Funcom.
Codreanu’s priority is finding the right people for the Bucharest studio, according to a statement from Funcom. “The first colleagues are already there, and we have started the activity. We continue to look for talented people to achieve our very ambitious goals. We want to build a testing department that will work alongside the production teams to ensure that we deliver games at the highest level of quality. At the same time, we are building an automation team that will make the way we develop and test games more efficient. To get there, we want to bring in experienced people, ready to develop new capabilities and work with the latest technologies, ”he said.
Funcom is known for games such as Conan Exiles, Secret World Legends, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, The Longest Journey, Anarchy Online, The Park, and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. The Bucharest team will work on brands such as Conan and Dune, the company said.
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