Philippines gets first major computer game studio

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UbisoftFrance-headquartered video and computer game developer Ubisoft opened a new studio in the Philippines, a first for an internationally active major game maker to do so.

The studio is based in Santa Rosa Laguna south of Manila and is a unit of Ubisoft’s Singapore branch. Its manager Chip Go also comes from Ubisoft Singapore, and it falls under the responsibility of Oliver de Rotalier, manager director of Ubisoft for Singapore, Philippines and China.

The company said the move to the Philippines came as they wanted to tap the local talent pool of creative computer experts, gaming programmers and designers. To that end, Ubisoft will set up a training programme together with the University of De La Salle in Manila.

The studio will initially employ 50 people by the end of 2016 and aims to grow to 200 staff in five years. Filipinos would get a “competitive salary,” the company assured.

Ubisoft, founded in 1986 in Montreuil near Paris, is known for several best selling game franchises including the Tom Clancy’s series, Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dog, Far Cry, Ghost Recon, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, Prince of Persia, Rayman and Splinter Cell, It is also known for its Formula 1 simulations, Star Wars computer games and The Settlers real-time strategy games, among many others.

The company made revenue of about $1.5 billion in 2015, has 9,200 employees and currently runs more than 30 studios around the globe. By these numbers, it is the third largest independent publisher of video games worldwide behind Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts. Ubisoft also operates a movie studio, Ubisoft Motion Pictures which produces animated cartoons and turns game plays into movies. In September 2015, Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced that they will produce a “next-generation” theme park to be built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by 2020, based on its game brands and action heroes.

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France-headquartered video and computer game developer Ubisoft opened a new studio in the Philippines, a first for an internationally active major game maker to do so.

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UbisoftFrance-headquartered video and computer game developer Ubisoft opened a new studio in the Philippines, a first for an internationally active major game maker to do so.

The studio is based in Santa Rosa Laguna south of Manila and is a unit of Ubisoft’s Singapore branch. Its manager Chip Go also comes from Ubisoft Singapore, and it falls under the responsibility of Oliver de Rotalier, manager director of Ubisoft for Singapore, Philippines and China.

The company said the move to the Philippines came as they wanted to tap the local talent pool of creative computer experts, gaming programmers and designers. To that end, Ubisoft will set up a training programme together with the University of De La Salle in Manila.

The studio will initially employ 50 people by the end of 2016 and aims to grow to 200 staff in five years. Filipinos would get a “competitive salary,” the company assured.

Ubisoft, founded in 1986 in Montreuil near Paris, is known for several best selling game franchises including the Tom Clancy’s series, Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dog, Far Cry, Ghost Recon, Just Dance, Rainbow Six, Prince of Persia, Rayman and Splinter Cell, It is also known for its Formula 1 simulations, Star Wars computer games and The Settlers real-time strategy games, among many others.

The company made revenue of about $1.5 billion in 2015, has 9,200 employees and currently runs more than 30 studios around the globe. By these numbers, it is the third largest independent publisher of video games worldwide behind Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts. Ubisoft also operates a movie studio, Ubisoft Motion Pictures which produces animated cartoons and turns game plays into movies. In September 2015, Ubisoft Motion Pictures announced that they will produce a “next-generation” theme park to be built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by 2020, based on its game brands and action heroes.

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