After a 10 year presence in India, Ubisoft is opening a new studio in the country. The upcoming studio is going to be based out of Mumbai, will open in June’ 2018 and will assist with AAA game development according to Ubisoft’s blog post regarding the matter. The blog post also had some pretty good information regarding what’s the agenda of the upcoming studio and their recruitment objectives in the next two years, in-case anyone reading this is interested.
“Our ambition is to contribute towards the development of the Indian videogame ecosystem by partnering closely with top schools and institutions,” said Jean-Philippe Pieuchot, managing director for Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai. Looking to hire up to 100 talented developers within the next two years, Ubisoft Mumbai is partnering with the Indian Institute of Technology to research topics with a focus on machine learning and AI. Additionally, the studio is partnering with Intuit Lab, and has helped create the Game Art Design program, which aims at providing a comprehensive four-year education and training to aspiring game-industry professionals.
In celebration of the announcement, or just because their PR had to I guess, Ubisoft Pune’s Facebook page released the following teaser video yesterday on the matter –
The Facebook page for Ubisoft Pune seems to be re-branding itself and calling itself ‘Ubisoft India Studios’. The company’s focus in India has been steadily increasing over the years, with the Pune office being relatively one of the stable gaming studios in India, as reported by Gadgets 360, who were the first to bring the news of the studio opening to public eye; along with Ubisoft doing some small scale events across the country. A small scale event would be happening today itself in Bhubaneswar where Ubisoft is partnering, titled ‘Rig O’ Ware v2.0‘.
Quoting Gadget 360’s article on the matter:
“This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ubisoft’s presence in India. Our commitment to India is now strengthened by the new expansions in Mumbai. Mumbai being one of the biggest cities in the world, the opening of a new studio here will allow us to reach out to both national and international talents. By opening up to this wide high-potential talent pool, I’m confident Mumbai studio will help us attract more creative profiles and expand the diversity of our internal creative force.” said Christine Burgess-Quemard, Executive Director of Ubisoft’s worldwide studios. “I am proud to see how our production presence is growing, and strongly believe that it is by investing and expanding our knowledge and expertise internally that we will be able to keep delivering the high quality entertainment experiences of the future.”
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