Ubisoft Entertainment S.A., or most commonly known as Ubisoft, the French multi-national video game developer and is behind the biggest titles in video game industry like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Splinter Cell and South Park games is planning to set up their own studio in the Philippines, according to Interaksyon.
“They are actively exploring opportunities in the Philippines right now,” Andro Baluyut, board member of the Game Development Association of the Philippines.
“We are capitalizing on advantages that a few countries have like affordable costs and at the same time we speak English and we are very Westernized,” Baluyut said.
There are several gaming studios here in the Philippines including local studio like Anino Games but none of them are as big as Ubisoft who claims to be the third largest gaming studio around the world having 29 studios in 19 different countries. Ubisoft’s largest gaming studio is located in Montreal, Canada which employs 2,100 employees.
Sen. Bam Aquino, who is also known as a big gamer is happy to see that Ubisoft in eyeing Philippines as their next studio destination and sees that the video game industry here will boom in the next couple of years because of the world-class Filipino talents at affordable price.
This market is going to explode as we have a lot of skilled IT professionals and engineers,” according to Andrea Levinge, Chief Technology Officer of White Widget, a mobile app development firm here in the Philippines.
“We are on the cusp of growth. Someone just needs to strike first,” Levinge said.
As of now, there is no news yet if Ubisoft will set up a console game studio or a mobile game studio but by the looks of it, they are more keen on mobile game production here in our country.