Ubisoft has announced they will be consolidating their American operations for online games, as well investing in motion capture technology. Ubisoft will be investing $373 million over the next seven years. By 2020 Ubisoft expects to hire 500 new employees in Quebec, which would bring the total to 3,500 employees.
"The imminent arrival of the next generation of consoles, the expansion of mobile platforms, the multiplication of connected, immersive, and social environments, and the strategic importance of the relationship between developers and players are profoundly transforming the video game industry", said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemont. "Today’s announcement allows us to anticipate the growth of our future needs with the main objective of strengthening proximity with our players and creating value for them."
"The expertise found at Ubisoft’s Quebec studios is at the heart of the group’s growth and success for over 16 years," said Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto CEO Yannis Mallat. "To this established and recognized know-how, we add new needs in terms of infrastructures and online operations, in anticipation of the new experiences players expect. Today, we are demonstrating once more our commitment to creativity, to technological expertise in Quebec, as well as our promise to pursue wealth creation here."
The 500 new jobs will help develop games for the next generation. The jobs will include "management specialists, business intelligence analysts, mathematicians, telemetry experts, systems operators, and monetization and interactive marketing specialists."
The government of Quebec has given Ubisoft a $9.9 million financial contribution and tax credit.