Ubisoft will triple its Winnipeg studio by 2030 and contribute to the development of the digital media sector in Manitoba – Winnipeg

A popular video game developer is looking to expand its presence in Manitoba.

French software giant Ubisoft on Friday announced plans to triple the size of its current Winnipeg studio by 2030, adding 200 new employees.

Ubisoft has announced plans to hire programmers as well as personnel from other specialized areas of expertise as part of the expansion, and is partnering with the provincial government to help grow Manitoba’s digital media space in the part of this ambitious plan.

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“Ubisoft Winnipeg’s first three years have already been an exceptional success,” said the company’s local general manager, Michael Henderson.

“The city has proven to be a hidden gem of tech-creative talent and an environment for growth thanks to the leadership of the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg. We look forward to continuing to grow the industry by attracting national and international talent to the city and investing in the development of innovation and the next generation of local talent.

Henderson said the company’s previous goal of having 100 employees in Winnipeg is currently about a year ahead of schedule.

In a statement Friday, Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson called Ubisoft’s investment in the province — to the tune of an additional $139 million with these new plans — a proud moment for Manitoba.

“This new investment will provide employment opportunities for Manitoba students and graduates and support the development of our province’s thriving interactive digital media ecosystem,” said Premier.

“As we plan for a strong economic and social recovery, our government looks forward to continuing to work with our economic development partners, businesses and industry leaders to unlock Manitoba’s true economic potential and build a future better and more prosperous for all Manitobans.

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