Düsseldorf, Germany – November 16 2017 – Today Ubisoft revealed further information regarding its new development studio in Berlin; the team will be focusing on collaborating on big Ubisoft brands, starting with the award-winning Far Cry series. Istvan Tajnay has been nominated Studio Manager of the studio, reporting to Benedikt Grindel, Managing Director of Ubisoft Blue Byte. Istvan has been working at Ubisoft Blue Byte since 2012, most recently as Studio Operations Director. The Berlin studio will open its doors at the beginning of 2018.
“We are thrilled to be opening the doors to Ubisoft Berlin, and working on the Far Cry series together with other Ubisoft teams”, says Istvan Tajnay, Studio Manager, Ubisoft Berlin. “In the first year, we will build a core team of around 50 developers drawing on all areas of expertise. We are currently recruiting for these positions and the reception so far is overwhelmingly positive and candidates are of a very high calibre.”
The new studio is located in the centre of Berlin, only a few minutes’ walk away from the famous shopping street Kurfürstendamm, the Berlin Zoo and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
“As part of Ubisoft’s global growth strategy, we have high hopes to continue to build up our teams in Ubisoft Berlin in the coming years. However, this growth also depends on the future development of funding video games in Germany”, says Benedikt Grindel, Managing Director, Ubisoft Blue Byte. “I am confident that we have found a strong studio head in Istvan Tajnay who is ready to take on this challenge. And we are bringing back part of the development of Far Cry to its homeland, which is super exciting.”
Ubisoft Berlin marks the third Ubisoft production studio established in Germany besides the two Blue Byte studios in Düsseldorf and Mainz. Ubisoft has more than 12,000 employees worldwide, of which 80% work in production. Besides Ubisoft Berlin, new studios are also emerging in Saguenay (Quebec, Canada), Stockholm (Sweden) and Bordeaux (France).
Candidates can find open positions for all three Ubisoft studios in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Mainz at http://www.bluebyte.com/en/
About Ubisoft Blue Byte:
Ubisoft Blue Byte has a long history of developing multiplatform AAA games such as the beloved build-up strategy series The Settlers® and Anno®. The studio opened its doors in 1988 and was acquired by Ubisoft in 2001. Since then Ubisoft Blue Byte has been located in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany and in 2014 expanded with the acquisition of a new branch in Mainz. Recent projects include Anno 1800™ which will bring the industrial revolution to PCs in Winter 2018. Additionally, Ubisoft Blue Byte works in close collaboration with Ubisoft Montréal on projects such as For Honor™ and Rainbow Six® Siege and contributes to Skull & Bones™, the new pirate spectacle from Ubisoft Singapore. Other teams develop and operate browser-based games, such as The Settlers® Online as well as Ubisoft’s Uplay platform. In 2017, an additional new studio is opening in Berlin, which will collaborate closely with the existing Ubisoft Blue Byte studios on more AAA games. To learn more, please visit www.bluebyte.com.
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