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Abu Dhabi's first homegrown mobile game launched

Ubisoft launches CSI: Hidden Crimes, developed by twofour54 graduates in the capital

Abu Dhabi's first homegrown mobile game launched
In the game, players take on the role of detectives fighting crime in Las Vegas

Game publisher Ubisoft has released the first Abu Dhabi-developed mobile game to be aimed at a global audience, CSI: Hidden Crimes.

According to a statement from twofour54 - the commercial arm of the emirate's Media Zone Authority - the case-solving, hidden-object game was developed using locally-based Abu Dhabi talent. The game is set in the world of popular CBS Television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In it, players take on the role of detectives fighting crime in Las Vegas, the statement said.

The game features 10 episodes and is already a top-ranking app in more than 35 countries, twofour54 added.

 "This achievement will cement our status as an emerging gaming hub, demonstrating our success in developing young creative minds for a career in animation and game development," said Noura Al Kaabi, twofour54's CEO.

Three members of the team that developed the mobile game are twofour54 Gaming Academy graduates, and have since joined Ubisoft Abu Dhabi a full-time team members, twofour54 said.

The Ubisoft Abu Dhabi team now employs 35 people, and has plans to grow to more than 100 over the next three to five years, the company said.

"Since coming to Abu Dhabi, we have enjoyed the benefits of twofour54's collaborative community as well as fantastic support from the media zone. Our partnership with twofour54 has given us the possibility to create this original game," said Yannick Theler, Ubisoft Abu Dhabi's managing director.

"CSI: Hidden Crimes reached the number-one position in the App Store's most downloaded game section in more than 35 countries since its launch, in addition to great results in the Play Store, and recently launched in the Amazon Appstore. It is a wonderful adventure for our young studio, fuelled by a passionate team."

Ubisoft is one of two flagship partners for twofour54, the other one being Cartoon Network. Both firms have established offices on the twofour54 campus.  

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