Ubisoft announces the opening of a fourth video game development studio in Quebec, in the city of Sherbrooke known as the university and economic hub of the Eastern Townships. This new studio reaffirms Ubisoft’s commitment as a major economic player serving talent, communities and ecosystems in the province.
In the presence of Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development and Ms. Évelyne Beaudin, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Mr. Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft , and Ms. Nathalie Jasmin, Director of the Ubisoft Sherbrooke studio, made the announcement today, marking another important step in the development of Ubisoft in Quebec almost 25 years after the Group’s first entry into the province.
This fourth studio in the heart of the city of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships, recognized as a pool of talents and expertise in high technology with a booming digital ecosystem, will further strengthen Quebec’s international leadership in the video game industry.
In addition, Ubisoft announced a targeted investment plan of $ 17 million with three essential programs – Ubisoft Education, Ubisoft Entrepreneurs and La Forge – to support youth training, entrepreneurship and innovation. An accelerator, accompanied by an investment and mentoring program to support independent companies in the video game industry, will also be set up in 2022.
Supported by an ambitious development plan and nearly $ 950 million in new investments, Ubisoft intends to pursue its growth by attracting talent from around the world and by investing locally in the next generation.
“We are proud that Ubisoft has chosen to invest in Quebec to ensure its growth. Many new companies will be able to benefit from the recognized expertise of this world leader and benefit from its networks. The entire ecosystem surrounding the video game industry will benefit, ”said Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development.
“The City is delighted that Ubisoft is setting up a studio in Sherbrooke, where the Sherbrooke Innopole team has been working for several years on a business attraction project in collaboration with the Economic Development Coordination Office. The completion of this project shows that our city on a human scale is well regarded by major players looking for qualified workers attracted by an exceptional quality of life, ”declared Évelyne Beaudin, Mayor of Sherbrooke.
“These announcements mark a new stage in Ubisoft’s development in Quebec, nearly 25 years after the Group’s first arrival in the province. Thanks to the government’s leadership, Quebec has asserted itself as a leader in the creation and production of video games on a global scale, at the forefront of the technological revolutions that are shaping the future of our industry. Of our 20,000 employees, nearly 5,000 work today in Montreal, Quebec, Piedmont and Saguenay. With the Sherbrooke studio, Ubisoft is keeping its promise to be an important economic engine and to continue to invest in the talents and ecosystems that surround it, ”said Yves Guillemot, co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft.
“After the successful development of the Ubisoft studio in Saguenay, inaugurated in 2018, and its positive impact on the region and on the city of Chicoutimi, we believe that this fourth video game studio in Sherbrooke will have a great impact and will strengthen the predominant role of Eastern Townships in the area. This technological center of this region has become, over the years, a veritable pool of talents in many areas of high technology expertise. By opening this studio, we will offer new options to our current employees, offer new opportunities for local talent and actively support local initiatives and our communities, ”added Nathalie Jasmin, director of the Ubisoft Sherbrooke studio.
Ubisoft Sherbrooke will co-develop some of the Group’s main franchises and contribute to the development of the most recent innovations in the fields of entertainment and technology. The studio will bring together a multidisciplinary and diverse team of professionals from many areas of expertise, including production management, programming, graphic design, modeling, animation and game-level design.