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Ubisoft to expand Quebec operations, create 1,000 more jobs

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Worldwide video game producer and distributor Ubisoft is expanding its Quebec operations. The plan is to increase from the current 1,600 employees in Quebec to 3,000 employees by investing an additional $451 million over the next six years. Ubisoft wants another 1,000 jobs for 2005-2010 than the gaming company previously forecast. About 500 people would be hired to create new video games, while the other half would work at a new production centre that would make short films based on Ubisoft brands. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe.

"In 1997 Ubisoft made the decision to wager on Quebec's immense creative potential. Today, we are pursuing our strategy centred on innovation by increasing investments in our creative teams based in Quebec. Video game production has progressively moved closer and closer to film and television production and this convergence will only intensify in the coming years," said chief executive officer Yves Guillemot.

News source: The Globe and Mail

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