New Game Company Fortis, Founded by Top Games Executives, Sets on a Mission to Create Responsive Game Worlds, Meaningful Social Experiences
Sands to Fully Finance Fortis to Build a World
Class Global Developer and Publisher for the Distributed Work
Founded by industry veterans, Fortis is a new global video game
developer and publisher with a mission to create meaningful social
experiences through interactive entertainment. With more than 150
employees already on board and a powerhouse leadership team of
entrepreneurs and executives from Electronic Arts, WB Games, Zynga,
Smule and more, the company plans to continue its rapid growth.
Fortis is a wholly-owned subsidiary of global destination resort
developer Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS).
The founding team includes Steven Chiang, who serves as Fortis’
president. Chiang is the former EVP, Worldwide Studios, WB Games,
co-founder of EA Tiburon, and President of Studios, Zynga. Shawn
Foust, Fortis’ chief operating officer, is a former WB Games
executive and Plexchat CEO. Calvin Lau, a former lead designer on
multiple top grossing games, is serving as the company’s chief
“Our view is that we are at the beginning of a massive new
opportunity for games to make their greatest and most positive
impact on global culture, and the human experience,” said Steven
Chiang, co-founder & President, Fortis. “Fortis’ mission is to
create worlds that matter, that are deeply social, across different
platforms and genres, and to help build meaningful relationships
and healthy communities through games. We have the financial
backing and long term commitment of Sands, an experienced executive
team, and the talent of a swiftly growing worldwide team to realize
Fortis will focus on creating the next generation of the
games-as-service model, pushing forward game design and social
mechanics to enable digital societies and enduring group
experiences that foster relationships and memories. The founders
believe online social experiences can be more positive and
meaningful, and that games can become the primary form of social
entertainment. Fortis games will bring deep social play to a
diverse set of titles across new and under-explored genres in the
“At Sands, we believe interactive entertainment is the world’s
most accessible medium to provide people with fun and rewarding
social experiences,” said Patrick Dumont, Sands president and COO.
“As a group of entrepreneurs and executives from some of the most
impactful companies in video games, the leadership team at Fortis
brings together the right talent and experience to create a new
kind of game company built from the ground up for a new era. We are
prepared to invest at scale for the long-term to help Fortis break
through as a company of consequence.”
As part of its long-term strategy, Fortis has been building
its team through acquisitions and hiring globally. The company has
recently acquired three development teams: Doppio Games in
Portugal; Oktagon Games in Brazil, and Metagame in Romania.
Fortis is a game company building on the opportunities that are
created by the technology and cultural shifts of a new era. The
company will leverage the endless possibilities enabled by
streaming, new communication platforms and the broadest-ever
accessibility of high quality game experiences worldwide. Fortis
operates as a unified global studio, designed to tap into talent
across the world, regardless of location.
About Fortis Fortis is a video game developer and
publisher dedicated to building the best social experiences in
games. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands, Fortis has
teams across the world, with teams in the US, UK, Canada, Portugal,
Brazil and Romania.
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