-Senior industry leader takes the helm as company enters new phase of international development -
Roubaix, France – 04 October 2013
Leading international online game developer and publisher Ankama today announced the key appointment of Olivier Comte to the role of Chief Operating Officer and Group Managing Director. Based at the company’s headquarters in France, Comte will bring his senior management expertise to bear on the next crucial phase of Ankama’s international growth. Simultaneously, Ankama co-founders Anthony Roux and Camille Chafer will refocus their energies on their vital respective roles of Creative Director and Technical Director of the group.
Comte joins Ankama after nine years in senior international roles at major global video game publishers Atari and, more recently, Namco Bandai Games Europe, where he filled the role of Senior Vice President. Comte brings a deep understanding of international markets and the global games industry to Ankama, with the aim of accelerating the growth of the group’s businesses and maximising the potential of its IP as it enters a new phase of international development.
“ Ankama is a remarkable success story, bringing together brilliant creativity and technical expertise to become pioneers in transmedia properties that capture hearts around the world,” said Olivier Comte, COO and Group Managing Director of Ankama. “ I’m very proud to be joining the team and extremely excited about helping to realise the enormous worldwide potential of their existing and future creations.”
Creator of properties including transmedia brands DOFUS and WAKFU, the Ankama group of companies employs nearly 450 people in France and at its offices around the world.
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Ankama is an independent French group working within the entertainment industry, founding its development on a transmedia strategy by way of online games, publishing, animation, press, music, merchandise, toys, video games for next generation consoles and mobile phones. Ankama develops its universe, the Krosmoz (which includes DOFUS and WAKFU), through these media to create a complete, narrative, immersive experience. Ankama also supports artists creating their own universe through screenplays, television programmes, music albums, comic books and more.