French publishing giant Ubisoft is making cuts to its Canadian offices.
As reported by Kotaku, the company is laying off 98 members of staff across the Great White North, though a total of 124 positions are being affected. This is apparently part of a "reorganisation" of Ubisoft's general and admin teams, as well as its IT department and the firm's SFX studio, Hybride. That outfit has been involved in the likes of Disney's The Mandalorian TV show.
In a letter to the Quebec government, Ubisoft confirmed that layoffs were taking place at its Montreal studio as well as its broader Canadian business.
“Ubisoft is proceeding with a collective dismissal in its Montreal establishment within the framework of a reorganization of its production support services across Canada, by consolidating these functions Canada wide, Ubisoft will be able to optimize its resources to be more sustainable in the long term,” the Assassin's Creed maker wrote.
In a statement, Ubisoft addressed the job cuts: “These are not decisions taken lightly and we are providing comprehensive support for our colleagues who will be leaving Ubisoft during this transition. We also want to share our utmost gratitude and respect for their many contributions to the company. This restructuring does not affect our production teams.”
Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelance writer and journalist who has worked with Ubisoft in the past