Stephane Portha is an Internet pioneer who creates video games, who lives in Paris. He created in 1980 a news network. He was also responsible for the launching of the minitel in 1983. He worked also with France Telecom in 1995 to create the first Internet cable connection.
He has always been a fan of video games since 1972 when he discovered the game Pong : he created was one of the first video game creators in 1980 with the game Tanks on Sharp PC-1211 and ZX 81.
STEPHANE PORTHA SKILLS
Stephane Portha knew that a gift wich is not sharpened by a tireless work, is only a bad habit. So he wanted to extend his experimentations, in both domains, video games design and information networks development. But he soon discovered that to experiment freely, however skilled you are, you must be your own master. That’s why he decided to build his own digital fellowship.
STEPHANE PORTHA WORK LOG
“Ping !” is the precise noise made by the hit of the Pong game in Stephane Portha’s young mind. He was only six years old in 1972, when he discovered that his destiny was to become the digital entertaining french champion. He began his training by developing his first homemade video game at the age of 14, in 1980. He used the old and not very efficient hardware of the time: the Sharp PC-1211 and the ZX81 machine. This first “junior digital championship” led to a quite distracting game called Tank, wich earned him his first entrance in the french gaming wall of fame. He wanted to test his player skills against other players. At that period, in France, the only information network existing was the Minitel. He trained hard to understand haw this machine worked, and began to design multiplayers games especialy for its platform. In the training process, he began to contract a passion for another digital disciplin: the information networks development.
Stephane Portha, the digital distance running champion
Stéphane Porta realised that freedom of experimentation was the most magical ingredient. But he realised also that this ingredient must be earned by becoming a business master. In 1989, in order to get this freedom of experimentation, he found his own video game production company, Eurocenter. The following year, in 1990, the company marketed a few multiplayers games designed for Minitel. He improved his independance by becoming manager of several other firms. He became manager of the Linux firm, manager of the NeoGeo firm, assistant-manager of commerce.fr company, and manager of the Inmob firm. His magical skills allawed him to participate to the closure of the french and americain satelites information networks, wich led to the advent of Internet in France. He created the Multicable company, helping the satelite network to become a wired network. In the mean time, he created a big smash hit multiplayer game: Graalonline. Working tirelessly, he soon end up magician in chief, head of a digital producing group: Eurocenter Group, wich gives him a complete experimentation freedom.