Ubisoft to open new Winnipeg studio

Ubisoft announced today (opens in new tab) that it plans to open up a new Canadian development studio in Winnipeg. The new Winnipeg location will develop tools and technology in support development on franchises like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry, Ubisoft says.

"The creation of these massive digital worlds is increasingly complex," says Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Canadian Studios. "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."

Ubisoft says it expects the new studio will create 100 new jobs over the next five years. "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 Darryl Long, managing director of Ubisoft Winnipeg.

The company already operates more than 30 studios around the world with more than 13,000 employees. That includes more than 4,500 employees at Ubisoft's current Canadian locations in Montreal, Saguenay, Toronto, and Quebec City.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Cool! Nice to see the tech talents of our little city recognized.
  • Good for them, didn't know their tech scene was so vibrant
  • This is great news! I'm more then a little let down by Rockstar and Bethesda ignoring the AAA segment. They'll need to train their people from Quebec how to pronounce Winnipeg properly. It's probably safer to just say "the peg" instead.
  • Great news for the folks living in Winnipeg, hopefully it signals further growth in AAA gaming.
  • Great to see growth in Canadian game development and new jobs for Winnipeg.