Video game giant Ubisoft announces the creation of Winnipeg studio

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Ubisoft, the company behind video game franchises such as Assassin's Creed, will announce today it is opening a studio in Winnipeg.

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Ubisoft is already hiring for a number of positions at its Winnipeg studio, including programmers, artists and producers.

A global entertainment company will add a studio in Winnipeg, which it says will bring $35 million worth of investment and 100 new jobs to the city over the next five years.

"We are pleased to welcome Ubisoft to Manitoba and look forward to working with them to grow our tech talent pool", said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.

Ubisoft Winnipeg joins the developer-publisher's Canadian collective of triple-A studios in Montreal, Quebec, Saguenay, and Toronto.

As of now there are no specific plans for the location of the new Winnipeg offices, but Ubisoft expects to be up and running by the fall.

The developers, when employed, will study, create and refine "tools" and "technology" to enable teams to make new "open worlds" for players.

"With its thriving local techno-creative industry, and innovative university and college programs that combine creative arts, IT and computer science, Winnipeg is truly a hidden gem for talent in the video game industry", said Long.

"The creation of these massive digital worlds is increasingly complex, and 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", Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Canadian Studios, said in a statement.

It's a new studio that's coming to Winnipeg, Manitoba with hopes of continuing to push the envelope in future DLC content and new intellectual properties for Ubisoft.



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