Ubisoft PH opens new state-of-the-art studio in DLSU Laguna

The Philippine office of renowned French games developer Ubisoft marked another milestone on Friday, July 27, when it officially unveiled its brand new game development studio in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

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Located inside the Laguna campus of De La Salle University, the new studio will serve as the company’s base of operations in the country. It is also the first and only facility co-developing AAA games in the Philippines.

Santa Rosa has been the location of choice for Ubisoft since it started operations in the country in 2016. Aside from its lush and unpolluted environment, Santa Rosa is easily accessible from Metro Manila and, with DLSU, a rich source of talent for game development.

Chip Go, studio manager of Ubisoft Philippines, said the company provides employees an environment that encourages creativity and collaboration, as well as spaces to relax, in line with its aim of developing “the most memorable experiences for players”.

The studio boasts of numerous game stations, a dedicated pantry, break-out spaces/lounge areas per floor, a ping-pong table, a giant slide for going between floors, and a full roof deck for barbeques and events.

“At Ubisoft Philippines, we take fun seriously and our new studio is the embodiment of this motto. Our staff pushes the quality bar to international standards, and we are more than happy to provide them with an environment that is conducive to creativity, collaboration and self-expression. This is reflected in our office architecture, such as the open-floor design and the break-out spaces which promote communication and fosters teamwork,” said Go.

In just two years, developers from Ubisoft Philippines have co-developed 5 AAA Games: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, The Crew 2, For Honor, and Skull & Bones.

Go said Filipinos are some of the best game developers in the world. There are now about 100 local game developers working under him at Ubisoft PH.

Aside from providing job opportunities, Ubisoft Philippines has also undertaken various community partnerships aimed at further developing the game industry in the country.

Currently, Ubisoft is working with DLSU to help build the next generation of Filipino game developers. Since the studio is located in DLSU Laguna, the school — in collaboration with Ubisoft — will also start to offer a full-fledged Bachelor of Science in Interactive Entertainment.

Ubisoft Philippines said will continue its expansion in the country, hiring up to 200 game developers in the coming years. There are now 100 employees working at the Silicon Valley-type facility.

Current openings are available for artists, programmers, project managers and more, said Suzy Belizario, talent acquisition manager at Ubisoft Philippines.

The company trains its staff to be globally competitive and regularly conducts training sessions with international experts in the studio. In addition, there are different overseas training opportunities at Ubisoft locations around the world.

Since 2016, Ubisoft Philippines said it has sent dozens of employees to international studios in Paris, Montreal, Singapore and Chengdu. Employee compensation and benefits packages are also competitive.

“Filipinos looking to get into game development now have the opportunity to work for a world-class game developer right on home soil. We are always looking for fresh talent who can contribute to our team’s continued success and who can be a part of the AAA games we are developing,” said Belizario.

Ubisoft Philippines also unveiled a partnership with Passerelles Numeriques, an NGO that specializes in providing IT training to underprivileged kids in Cebu. The company has so far sponsored 10 students under this program.

“Growing up in Cebu and seeing poverty all around me, I have always wanted to give back to my community. This partnership with Passerelles Numeriques is very personal to me and I am looking forward to see our first batch of graduates in 2019,” said Go.

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