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It seems like Ubisoft is looking into opening a studio in Krakow

It seems like Ubisoft is looking into opening a studio in Krakow

French publishing giant Ubisoft is apparently looking into setting up shop in Poland.

That's according to members of the Polish games industry at Krakow's Digital Dragons conference, who said that Ubisoft had been scouting out Krakow as part of an attempt to set up another development house in Eastern Europe.

One source said that the availability of junior talent was a concern for the French firm, with Ubisoft apparently meeting with local educational institutes to see about the possibility of establishing programmes to ensure a steady flow of junior developers in the area.

This follows a report from Polish games site Gry-Online.pl in March 2019 about Ubisoft Montreal's Sebastien Puel being in Krakow and meeting up with local developers for what was said to be market research. 

This would be the second office that Ubisoft has opened in Poland, having set up shop in Warsaw back in 2008. This is a sales, marketing and PR outfit, however, as opposed to a development studio.

The French publishing giant has apparently looked into opening a studio in Poland before, but this has never come to pass. 

This would make Ubisoft one of the first Western triple-A publishers to come in open a development house in Poland. The country features a number of big games firms, such as CD Projekt, Techland and People Can Fly, but these are all native to the country. 

The last studios that Ubisoft set up were developers in Mumbai in India and Ukraine's Odesa in March 2018. 

Ubisoft declined to comment on this story when approached by PCGamesInsider.biz


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He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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