Ubisoft Opening First Major Game Studio in Abu Dhabi
French publisher Ubisoft along with twofour54 Abu Dhabi have announced a new Ubisoft develop studio will be set up in the Arab state of Abu Dhabi, marking the first major video games studio to establish itself in the territory.
As one of the world’s largest video game publisher and developer of hit titles such as Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed, the move will creat 100 new jobs over the next five years for the region. Expected to open its doors in December this year, the Ubisoft vets will help to train local talent while contributing to the ‘twofour54 gaming academy‘, a new, full-time game development academy run by twofour54 tadreeb.
Key criteria for the selection of Abu Dhabi as Ubisoft’s next major studio included the excellent technological infrastructure and training institutions already in place. The thriving regional media and entertainment industry were also key factors in the decision for Ubisoft’s establishment in the Middle East .
“We are excited by the partnership with twofour54. Their commitment to developing a strong regional gaming industry and their knowledge of the region were the perfect foundation on which to continue building our development teams,” said Christine Burgess-Quémard, executive director, worldwide studios at Ubisoft. “The demographics and the pool of skilled technical talent in the Middle East and North Africa region are key factors that will contribute to the success of this new studio.”
First projects at the Abu Dhabi studio includes development of online gaming titles in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, and hopefully the creation of original IPs at a later date.
“Digital gaming has always been a priority sector for twofour54 and to partner with an international market leader such as Ubisoft is great news for the region’s gaming industry,” commented Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO & Chief Operating Officer, twofour54. “The digital games played by Arabs have traditionally been developed outside the region, which means that they rarely have a direct relevance to Arab gamers. Our agreement with Ubisoft will benefit the region in that it will enable the development of titles that resonate with the local population, whilst also building the skills of young Arabs to allow the region to create its own games and developing a gaming industry base here at twofour54.”
Yannick Theler, a ten-year veteran at Ubisoft has been chosen to manage the new studio. For more information on opportunities available at the new Abu Dhabi Ubisoft studio, please contact [email protected]