Mihai Pohonțu

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Class of 2023, Romania

Chairman of Amber

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Mihai Pohonțu is using the science and art of play to take video game development to a new level.

Mihai Pohonțu, Chairman of Amber, is playing to win as he seeks to establish a leading position throughout every segment of the video game development supply chain. His global agency, headquartered in Bucharest, Romania, offers a wide range of solutions and services, from game conception to development support and full delivery at scale. 

Amber was established in 2013 by a collective of artisans residing around the world. Structured as a network of studios with different specializations, it employs more than 1,200 in Romania, Canada, Mexico, Poland and the US. The agency works with world-renowned gaming brands and uses innovation and learning to form the backbone of a strong, profitable and admired company.  

Amber’s social mission extends to teaching game development fundamentals to high school and college students in emerging markets, providing a path to lucrative internships at its international locations. A training center in Guadalajara, Mexico, offers rigorous six-month classes across multiple disciplines such as engineering, art and design. Amber is also setting up a private university in Bucharest in partnership with Abertay University in the UK, the home of one of Europe’s leading game development academic programs.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has created connections with other business leaders in Romania and promoted Amber to an audience outside of the games industry.