In a press release today, Ubisoft announced the opening of a new production studio in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ubisoft Belgrade is the company’s fourth production studio in Eastern Europe, bringing the team in that region to over 2000 members. Initially the new production studio is home to 15 people working on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, but has a goal to reach 40 members in the coming year.
According to the release, Ubisoft established one of the first development studios in Bucharest, Romania 25 years ago. “Explosive” growth in the IT industry in the region led the company to launch a total of four studios in the region which remain active today.
“Serbia has a lot to offer in terms of talent, in particular tech professionals,” said Sebastien Delen, managing director of Ubisoft Bucharest, Ubisoft Kiev, and Ubisoft Belgrade. “We’re always on the lookout for high potential markets with the passion, skills and expertise to create the very best games, and Serbia’s reputation in several key fields makes this investment the perfect match.”
“We are bringing years of expertise to the Serbian market,” Delen continued, “and want to contribute to the development of the local gaming industry, as we did for the other countries in the region.”
The new Belgrade studio is primarily staffed by programmers, but intends to expand to include other job families in the future, and work with nearby universities to engage students interested in a career in game development.
In an earnings report earlier this month, Ubisoft reported a 35.7 percent increase in total revenue over the same period last year, with revenue from digital sources up 102.6 percent.