Ubisoft orders Indian takeaway

The French publisher of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 makes its presence felt in India by snapping up a studio near Mumbai.

Hot on the heels of the announcement that it will be opening up a studio in Singapore, Ubisoft has now also published details of its plans for expansion into India.

The Assassin's Creed publisher confirmed today--almost exactly one month after its Singapore news--that it has acquired Gameloft's development studio in Pune, India. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Pune is a satellite city of Mumbai, and is, according to Ubisoft, "part of the second generation of India's techno-poles, and is considered one of the most pleasant cities to live in [in] the country." The Gameloft studio was established toward the end of 2006, and has a team of 120 developers and testers.

Initially, the French firm says, the Gameloft crew will be focusing on porting games to handhelds such as the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable, as well as "reinforcing Ubisoft's testing teams." Ubisoft plans to grow the studio to 200 staff over the next year, with the ultimate aim of increasing that to 500 "in the coming years."

According to Ubisoft's executive director of worldwide studios, Christine Burgess-Quemard, "this acquisition will reinforce Ubisoft's presence in Asia and the southeast region in particular. India has a promising future in the video game industry and this is an opportunity for us to establish ourselves in the country."

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pratapbond
pratapbond

Will work for 1 meal a day and $2 an hour...hire me hire me. Disclaimer - The above text has been quoted to denote sarcasm, please do not assume otherwise and offer me jobs.

apoorv7812
apoorv7812

Nothing to say...... But it is a strong team here:)

ib_banging
ib_banging

HEY!!! Maybe I can join into Ubisoft now!!! That would be so cool!!!

RonTorque
RonTorque

Hope they open another one where i live. =(

lanista
lanista

@bawathegamer thanks for that, very interesting to hear

Reetesh
Reetesh

And now both EA and Ubisoft have studios here.. but its only for Mobile games :? I hope some day other branches also will start coming here.. and most importantly, I hope this makes it possible for having ubisoft games released here in India. because for some strange reason No Ubisoft console games release here.

Errur
Errur

now that's some nice news

sonic_xa
sonic_xa

gah why bother 2/100 pc gamers have consoles..... 1/200 pc gamers play on hadhelds.....and ppl here play mostly old pc games like cs.(damnn them)

acsam12304
acsam12304

Macs is better than a PC why? Because it has no viruses for a Mac? How so stupid a Mac owner can get! I'm sorry Gamespot but it has to be said and done. Viruses are possible for a Mac. It's just that hackers have not made anything for a Mac because ALL the money is with Windows users, because everyone has a Windows PC. Well now all you people getting Macs, is making hackers to think where to hit next! I promise you BIG LOUD MOUTH Mac users, will need a good anti-viurs software in the next few years, because everyone is now making the switch to Macs. Sorry but it had to be said and done who care if you rate me with a lot of bad ratings, I'm telling the truth. And I'm just sick of all the Mac users.

Tenjikuronin
Tenjikuronin

What's with all the haters posting all of a sudden? Way to turn positive news into xenophonic drivel....

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

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jknight5422
jknight5422

The sub-heading should be: Cheap, lower-paid, foreign salary employees churn out inferior, hershey squirt-code quality.

vigraman007
vigraman007

Yes,Yes,Yes...This makes things better.....Ready to join UBI

Brmarlin
Brmarlin

Who else wants to see a tech support sim as the first thing released by this studio? On a serious note, best of luck to them. I hope we see some good things from them.

Tenjikuronin
Tenjikuronin

This is a great move on the part of Ubisoft. India is definitely the place to expand to nowadays.

bawathegamer
bawathegamer

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cooldude03
cooldude03

Ubisoft is awesome, but I can see the influence of the stockholding EA all over these Ubisoft takeovers. I would not be surprised if EA's Ubisoft stockholders aren't pushing these takeovers.

s_emi_xxxxx
s_emi_xxxxx

surprising... but definitely a good news... now i respect UBi more than EA.

bawathegamer
bawathegamer

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bawathegamer
bawathegamer

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shiben
shiben

funny when India and China are in the news, lota of ppl seem jealous... hmmm

teirdome
teirdome

Huh, off-shoring testing to India. More testers for cheaper... but is that necessarily a good thing? The language barrier for an entertainment product like games might be a bit much to overcome. Could you post a link to the article Emma?

diablobasher
diablobasher

Prrrff Macs. What a joke. Anyway. Tasteless headline Gamespot, not that I care anyway, just thought i would point that out.

sanjt
sanjt

*ahem* So because it's indian, it HAS to be "Indian Takeaway"..?

KingSigy
KingSigy

At least Gameloft developed under Ubisoft, so this isn't that big of a deal.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

India and China..everything goes there.... @ ocdog45 haha no kidding, i have a mac and its so much better then any windows pc

yboucher
yboucher

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lowkey254
lowkey254

@ boobakerbrown. I do agree with you on American companies and their outsourcing plans. This is definitely a reason why America is in a recession now. It doesn't matter though, as long as the big pockets are lined then it's all good right? *rhetoric* Back to the news story. As long as Ubisoft continues to make great games then I'm happy.

ocdog45
ocdog45

alientech support in india? haha, thats why you get a MAC.

BooBakerBrown
BooBakerBrown

Right you are Avenger1324. Back in the late 90's/early 00's the .com trend went bust & so did all the jobs for Americans in the IT field. What happened? We all know that these jobs were outsourced to countries like India and other low-cost labor countries. Have you ever tried to call Alienware's tech support or even some of your lending companies? Your phone call is re-routed to some call-center in Bangladesh or the Phillipenes. I'm not trying to turn this post into a social commentary but Ubisoft is no diferent than any other business entity. They always want "more for less." This generally turns into sub-par quality for minimal cost. Even though UbiSoft is a French company & have put out some kick aspercreme games they fall into the category of so many other companies... "Cheaper labor=high profit margin." & BTW... why are they trying to port cell phone games over to handhelds? Most of them are either rip-offs of other successful console/handheld games or are a (heavily) scaled down version of another console/handheld game. I guess it doesn't matter how well a game developers earning potential is if he can't get a job unless he moves to India or another country. Hey Ubisoft... ever heard of promote or hire from within? That means... give some of those croissant eatin' youngins an opporunity to work in the gaming industry.

iLikeTheWoods
iLikeTheWoods

great work, good to see they recognise potential in places other then the US and europe.

ChrnoTrigger
ChrnoTrigger

Sounds like a wise idea, India is after all the second fastest growing economy in the world.

beckoflight
beckoflight

UBISOFT should buy all it stock back from EA 1st !!! LOVE THEM .... Assassins Creed just 1 word "briliant" ... ops i mean all of UBI's game BRILIANT !

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

I think this has more to do with cutting costs than the merits of the studio they have bought. No doubt for the cost of one high-paid US developer they can employ several Indian programmers, or a whole department of testers.

tjdeep_2007
tjdeep_2007

hurray...ubisoft is finally making a move ....targeting Asian markets

tjdeep_2007
tjdeep_2007

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lanista
lanista

Seems like they've thought about this and any move to encourage gaming globally has to be welcomed On a related note, It would be interesting to see whether they could take on any ideas from India itself in developing new games We all know Japan is keen on their JRPG's but I wonder what genres gamers in India prefer?

PEELEDbanana
PEELEDbanana

So when is EA going to go afte Ubisoft? lol. Good for you the Ubisoft. I really liked Assassin's Creed, and i am hoping for a sequel soon. Also, if you could, put Beyond good and evil on the Xbox Live Marketplace, i want to play it.

Gribb85
Gribb85

Seems like even game testers will be moving to other areas in order to utilise the cheaper man power, I'm thinking that Ubisofts customer service call centre is there already :D. Brilliant opportunity to develop the industry in Asia, leading to more competition for talent and progress for the interactive entertainment industry. Nicely done Ubisoft, tapping into one of the biggest emerging economys in the world is, without a doubt, a wise step in keeping them an independent entity from EA and Acti-Blizzard.

raverrozza
raverrozza

well with one billion people why would you not want to get a head start on one of the most blossoming economys in the world.