Gameloft

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Gameloft S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme
Traded asEuronextGFT
IndustryInteractive entertainment
Video game industry
Founded1999
HeadquartersParis, France ("general meeting of June 19, 2012". June 19, 2012. )
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleMichel Guillemot & Goutham Anumula
(President and CEO)
RevenueIncrease €164.4 million (2011)[2]
Operating incomeIncrease €21.1 million (2011)[2]
Net incomeIncrease €18.2 million (2011)[2]
Total assetsIncrease €138.5 million (2011)[2]
Total equityIncrease €103 million (2011)[2]
Employees28 studios - 5,000+
Websitewww.gameloft.com
 
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Gameloft S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme
Traded asEuronextGFT
IndustryInteractive entertainment
Video game industry
Founded1999
HeadquartersParis, France ("general meeting of June 19, 2012". June 19, 2012. )
Area servedWorldwide
Key peopleMichel Guillemot & Goutham Anumula
(President and CEO)
RevenueIncrease €164.4 million (2011)[2]
Operating incomeIncrease €21.1 million (2011)[2]
Net incomeIncrease €18.2 million (2011)[2]
Total assetsIncrease €138.5 million (2011)[2]
Total equityIncrease €103 million (2011)[2]
Employees28 studios - 5,000+
Websitewww.gameloft.com

Gameloft S.A. is a video game developer and publisher headquartered in Paris, France. The company also has subsidiaries in 28 countries around the world.

The company, founded by Michel Guillemot, one of the co-founders and owners of leading video games publisher and developer Ubisoft, primarily creates games for mobile phone handsets and tablets equipped with Android, Bada, BlackBerry OS, BREW, iOS, Java, Symbian OS and Windows Phone. Gameloft also develops games for dedicated games consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Wii and Xbox 360, as well as other platforms including HTML 5, Mac OS X, set-top box and WebOS.

Through agreements with major telephone carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft has a distribution network in over 100 countries.[3]

Contents

History

Founded in 1999, Gameloft has expanded to employ a staff of 5,000 at the end of 2011. Gameloft has posted consolidated revenues of $68m in 2006, $96m in 2007, $110m in 2008 and 122m in 2009.[3] In 2010, Gameloft consolidated sales reached $141m and went up to $164m in 2011.

Awards/Honors

Spike TV Video Game Awards 2008

Spike TV Video Game Awards 2007[8]

IGN Game Awards 2007:

IGN Game Awards 2008:

Games

Podcast

The Gameloft Video Podcast is a monthly video podcast released by the company. It primarily covers games for the iTunes App Store developed for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The show focuses on previews, news and features on Gameloft games and upcoming events or contests from the company.

The show was initially hosted by Josh Goldberg, but after two episodes, Gameloft added co-hosts, Naomi Kyle (2009-2011 since she moved to IGN) and Vanessa Grimaldi (2011). Goldberg left the show in February 2012 and was replaced by two new hosts, Cristina Rosato and Meeker Guerrier.

Gameloft first began releasing videos on May 29, 2009 with the first episode of the podcast airing on November 10, 2009. There are currently 23 episodes, including their E3 specials, which can be seen on YouTube.

Gameloft passes a lot of its communication through videos. Besides the podcast, each game has a trailer, teaser or footage video uploaded to the Gameloft YouTube Channel.

Controversy

On July 19, 2011 gamesindustry.biz reported that Gameloft's New Zealand studio employees faced excessive working hours.[15][16] The article included quotes from Gameloft's former head studio programmer, detailing 100 to 120 hour workweeks and "four consecutive weeks of fourteen-hour days".[15]

On January 10, 2012, gameplanet.co reported that the New Zealand Labour Department concluded an investigation at the studio and found "no substantial evidence" of a breach of the country's health and safety laws.[17]

Gameloft has also been criticized for copying several major game franchises.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Gameloft gets a grown up logo for 10th birthday". Pocket Gamer. May 8, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2011 Annual Results". Gameloft. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Press Release: Fourth-quarter sales of €25.8 million in 2007
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  7. ^ Video Game Awards 2008. Spike TV. [www.vga.spike.com]
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  15. ^ a b Handrahan, Matthew (18 July 2011). "Gameloft Auckland accused of poor working conditions". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Trouble at Gameloft Auckland: Developer Blows Whistle on 120-Hour Weeks, Dangerous Conditions". games.on.net. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Gameloft NZ cleared of over-working allegations". Retrieved 10 january 2012. 
  18. ^ Sterling, Jim. "Gameloft: Game industry has one new idea a year". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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