Ubisoft acquires Gameloft's India studio

Written by Joe Martin

April 15, 2008 // 11:06 a.m.

Tags: #cell #gameloft #india #mobile #ubisoft

UbiSoft has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Gameloft's India development house based in Pune, India.

The investment into the new studio comes just a short time after Ubisoft bought up a development studio in Singapore and marks a continued advance of the Paris-based publisher into Eastern territories. The company already has studios in Quebec, Montreal and France as well.

The new studio houses a team of 120 developers and games testers who have experience working on mobile titles and it's on this that Ubisoft will keep the team focused, using the testing teams to back-up development of larger titles.

"Following on the recent announcement of our new Singapore studio, this acquisition will reinforce Ubisoft's presence in Asia and the southeast region in particular," said Christine Burgess-Quémard, executive director, worldwide studios at Ubisoft in a public statement.

Ubisoft is looking to expand the studio too, taking the headcount up to 200 full-time staff, so if you're looking to crack into the business then it may be worth bearing in mind. Be warned that you may have some stiff competition though, Pune is known as 'the Oxford of the East' and sees 80,000 graduates qualify every year according to Gi.biz.

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