Ubisoft Looks East to Beef Up Staff

French gaming publisher Ubisoft is looking to add 900 new employees to its business in the next 12 months. With emphasis on growing its new studios in Singapore, India and China, the gaming powerhouse told Next-Gen that it plans to take its total headcount from 3,600 to 4,500.

Founded in 1986, the company’s headquarters are located in Montreuil-sous-Bois in France, but it has facilities in 13 countries, including development studios in Montreal, Quebec City, Barcelona, Shanghai, North Carolina, Dusseldorf, Sofia, Casablanca and Milan. In recent months, the company has made a significant push into the East. The publisher said its sales were up 36 percent in the 2007-08 financial year. For the 2006-2007 financial period, it posted a revenue of 680.3 million euros

Among some of Ubisoft’s most popular games are Brothers in Arm, Prince of Persia, Myst and Tom Clancy’s Splinter. Avatar, Prince of Persia; Ghosts of the Past and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles are three of the titles appearing on the company’s 2009 slate.