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Video games: Chimera Entertainment chooses Montpellier

Information updated on 20/06/18
Chimera Entertainment, the German video game studio well known for its Angry Birds Epic game, has chosen to set up its research and development team in Montpellier. The Munich-based company will be assisted by the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).
Founded in Munich in 2006, Chimera Entertainment has created some twenty different games, including Angry Birds Epic, which has been downloaded over 50 million times since it was launched in 2014. Chimera Entertainment is specialized in cross-platform development and video games for mobile devices. The company employees some 50 people at its main office, and its games are distributed around the world. Players are located in Germany as well as other European countries, China, and the United States.
Christian Kluckner, one of the company’s founders, came to Montpellier during the Montpellier In Game event held in November 2014, organized by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. At that time, he announced that the studio was going to set up research and development teams in Montpellier in 2016.
Christian Kluckner explains: “Montpellier seemed an obvious choice because of the size of its video game community, both in terms of the number of companies present and the quality of training organizations. This context results in an incredible number of artists, designers, and developers in the area. We also received a very warm welcome, and support, both nationally and by Montpellier’s own teams. And of course, the sun offers its own additional appeal!”
The company has started the hiring process and will be assisted by the BIC. Chimera Entertainment may set up its team at MIBI, the Montpellier International Business Incubator.
Video games and digital creation are key sectors in the Montpellier economy. The Montpellier region is the region in France with the most video game companies, just after Paris. The local sector has grown continually ever since Ubisoft came here in the 1990s, now counting at least 70 companies and representing 600 to 700 jobs. Every year, local schools and universities train 2,000 to 2,500 people in the field of games and digital images.
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