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Every game enthusiast and developer is familiar with Ubisoft. It is nothing big, really. This is just the team behind successful franchises in the game industry like Farcry, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, Just Dance and many more. It has been contributing amazing games for the gaming society to enjoy.

Just this year, Ubisoft released one of the most awaited games in the whole world which is Tom Clancy’s The Division. Pre-orders were availed by many to ensure a slot for them.  Stores were then filled with customers lining up during the day of the release just to get their copy. It was well played by everyone in the world, its beta version had 6 million players alone.

This wasn’t the last surprise of Ubisoft for the people because they still had another big news that will not just change the gaming industry in the future but open doors for many Filipino. On March 29, 2016, Ubisoft announced that it is opening a studio here in the Philippines by the second quarter of the year. HOW GREAT IS THAT?

So what went down during the announcement?

It was revealed that the Ubisoft Philippine Studio will be under Managing Director Olivier de Rotalier and Studio Manager Chip Go who have worked on many projects of Ubisoft. 

Ubisoft Singapore, Chengdu, and Philippines' Managing Director Olivier de Rotalier (left) and Ubisoft Philippines' Studio Manager Chip Go.
Ubisoft Singapore, Chengdu, and Philippines’ Managing Director Olivier de Rotalier (left) and Ubisoft Philippines’ Studio Manager Chip Go.

They’ve been part of  many successful franchises of Ubisoft, from brainstorming up to actual development. Another thing, Chip Go is a Filipino born in Cagayan de Oro.

The Philippines was chosen because of the talent and skills showed by the Filipino employees in the Singapore studio.

Ubisoft Philippines Studio Manager Chip Go explaining why they decided to bring Ubisoft to the Philippines.
Ubisoft Philippines Studio Manager Chip Go explaining why they decided to bring Ubisoft to the Philippines.

The work of the Filipinos of the Singapore studios have not gone unnoticed. This is why Go and Rotalier has decided to bring Ubisoft in the country–making  it easier for them to recruit and train local talents.

Ubisoft Philippines Studio will be situated inside De La Salle University’s campus in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Ubisoft Philippines' Studio Manager Chip Go
Ubisoft Philippines’ Studio Manager Chip Go

The friendly environment of Sta.Rosa, its accessibility and the fact that it is the emerging Central Business District in the South of Manila are some of the reasons why it was chosen.

Ubisoft branded programs, 2 bachelor degrees and 1 conversion course will be taught by the veteran employees at De la Salle University Sta. Rosa.

(Photo from Ubiblog)
(Photo from Ubiblog)

Ubisoft has this practice of partnering with universities, offering programs for those who are interested to enter the world of game development and design.  So if you have always dreamt of being a game developer, THE TIME IS NOW.

The studio will be collaborating with other Ubisoft studios in the development of Ubisoft’s AAA games.

The Division
The Division

Just in case you are not familiar with AAA (or Triple A) games, these are the games whose budget and promotions are very, very high. Games classified as Triple A games are expected to have the highest quality, possibly turning into a bestseller game during the year of its release.

They are planning to hire 50 talents in the first year alone.

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Ubisoft is accepting candidates for the new studio and can be contacted through philippines@ubisoft.com, with the available positions posted here. They are planning to expand to 200 employees in the next five years.

Ubisoft Philippines is definitely big news, especially for those who have a passion for gaming. Who knows maybe in the future we’ll get a DLC for Assassin’s Creed Philippines or even a Philippine expansion of the groundbreaking The Division.

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