Ubisoft investing $370m in Quebec operations

Ubisoft investing $370m in Quebec operations
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

September 30th 2013 at 3:54PM

Publisher looks to create 500 new jobs over seven years in the province

Ubisoft is set to invest $373 million into its Quebec operations over the next seven years, a move that will generate 500 additional jobs in the province.

The publisher is investing in the expansion of its motion capture technologies, and consolidating its online games operations and infrastructure in Montreal.

The significant investment is expected to generate 500 jobs in Quebec over a seven year period. By 2020, the company will employ more than 3,500 staff at its studios in Montreal and Quebec City.

The new jobs are expected to cover roles such as development and production, while the publisher is also looking for community and network management specialists, business intelligence analysts and mathematicians, telemetry experts and monetisation and interactive marketing specialists.

The Quebec Government has also pledged a non-refundable $9.9m investment into the scheme, as well as making adjustments to its generous tax credits initiative to widen the eligibility of certain professions.

"The imminent arrival of the next generation of consoles, the expansion of mobile platforms, the multiplication of connected, immersive, and social environments, and the strategic importance of the relationship between developers and players are profoundly transforming the video game industry," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

“Today's announcement allows us to anticipate the growth of our future needs with the main objective of strengthening proximity with our players and creating value for them."

Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat added: "The expertise found at Ubisoft's Quebec studios is at the heart of the group's growth and success for over 16 years. To this established and recognised know-how, we add new needs in terms of infrastructures and online operations, in anticipation of the new experiences players expect.

"Today, we are demonstrating once more our commitment to creativity, to technological expertise in Quebec, as well as our promise to pursue wealth creation here."