Ubisoft has unveiled plans to open a new studio in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In a partnership with twofour54, the city’s Media Authority, the new studio – which will open in December – aims to create 100 new jobs in the area over the next 5 years as well as a twofour54 gaming academy to teach new talent.
Executive Director of Worldwide Studios, Christine Burgess-Quémard said:
“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.
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.”
It’s a bold move by Ubisoft to open a studio in Abu Dhabi, which is criticised for gender inequality and poor treatment of workers.
David Borg of twofour54 said:
“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 that resonate with the local population, 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.”
The new studio will mean that Ubisoft will have presence in 17 countries, not including it’ subsidiaries. Abu Dhabi is the world’s richest city.