Ubisoft to open new Winnipeg studio

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Ubisoft Winnipeg will create 100 new jobs for the industry over the next five years, and it's the third new studio that the French publisher has announced in the last two months.

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest gaming companies responsible for franchises such as Assassin's Creed, will announce today that it is opening a studio in Winnipeg, the Free Press has learned.

Ubisoft Entertainment, a creator of interactive entertainment with large Canadian operations in Toronto and Montreal, has selected Winnipeg as the location for a new video game development studio.

"The Ubisoft Winnipeg team will work closely with the teams in the other Ubisoft Canadian studios to identify the key parts of the world creation pipeline that will benefit from deeper investment". The company has more than 13,000 employees including 4,500 in Canada. "It's critical that our development teams have access to the best tech and tools to continue to develop the most innovative games in our fast-paced, highly competitive market". "Ubisoft Winnipeg will play a strategic role within the collective with a focus to develop tools and technology to power numerous most successful Ubisoft brands".

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In order to fully reach their goal, Ubisoft Winnipeg will attract, grow, and develop outstanding individuals in the area. The Winnipeg studio will focus on creating tools and technology for triple-A Ubisoft brands.

"Knowing the city and the people behind all the initiatives driving economic growth through creativity and innovation, I am extremely excited about what we will achieve with this new studio."
"Winnipeg's Information and Communications Technology sector has seen tremendous growth recently and adding a world-renowned company like Ubisoft is excellent news for Winnipeg".

On Thursday, Ubisoft announced it was the second-biggest launch for a Ubisoft title, following only Tom Clancy's the Division, with US$310 million in sales in the first week. "This is a huge win for Winnipeg".

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