Ubisoft to open Abu Dhabi studio
Games developer to open studio and participate in twofour54 games academy
Games developer Ubisoft is set to open a studio in Abu Dhabi.
The company, which is behind games such as Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed, will become the first international developer with a presence in the Middle East. The studio will be based in Abu Dhabi's twofour54 media zone.
Ubisoft, which employs over 5,400 developers in-house, says the studio will create 100 jobs over the next five years.
"We are excited by the partnership with twofour54. Their commitment to developing a strong regional gaming industry and their knowledge of the region were the perfect foundation on which to continue building our development teams," said Christine Burgess-Quémard, executive director, worldwide studios at Ubisoft. "The demographics and the pool of skilled technical talent in the Middle East and North Africa region are key factors that will contribute to the success of this new studio."
The French developer will also collaborate with twofour54 on a games development academy, which will also be based in Abu Dhabi. The academy will offer a full time course to train students in skills relevant to the games industry. Students will also get talent development opportunities at the Ubisoft studio.
"Digital gaming has always been a priority sector for twofour54 and to partner with an international market leader such as Ubisoft is great news for the region's gaming industry," commented Wayne Borg, deputy CEO, and COO, twofour54. "The digital games played by Arabs have traditionally been developed outside the region, which means that they rarely have a direct relevance to Arab gamers. Our agreement with Ubisoft will benefit the region in that it will enable the development of titles with universal appeal, whilst also building the skills of young Arabs to allow the region to create its own games and developing a gaming industry base here at twofour54."