Ubisoft invites industry veterans, new graduates onto its playground with TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA



    
       Objective: Recruit 150 of Canada's best in Montreal and Quebec
                                 City Studios
                  (Press kit: ftp://ftp.ubi.com/ca/presse/)
    

    MONTREAL, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Ubisoft, one of the world's
largest video game publishers, launches the second edition of its interactive
challenge, TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA, to recruit 150 talented designers, artists
and programmers for its world-class Montréal and Québec City studios.
    Ubisoft experts will assess applicants' skills via an online game design
contest at www.toomuchimagination.ca, which includes a series of interactive
tests designed to measure candidates' video game design skills. Participants'
logic, creative thinking, and memory will be put to the test with questions
dreamed up by the Ubisoft designers themselves.
    In 2006, this original and creative approach proved to be an excellent
recruitment strategy for Ubisoft. The first edition of TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA
paved the way to 350 new hires between September 2006 and June 2007.

    Ensuring the labor force - a serious challenge

    "Techno Compétences estimates that, in Québec alone, there will be a
28 percent increase in video game industry workforce objectives for 2008. This
situation creates a challenging environment to meet our hiring needs, given
that the demand far exceeds the supply," noted Yannis Mallat, chief executive
officer of Ubisoft's Montréal studio. "Fierce competition has pushed us to
develop new tools with an original and interactive approach that reflect how
highly we value creativity and innovation in order to attract video game
industry veterans and interest young graduates in joining our team."
    In February 2007, Ubisoft unveiled its Horizon 2013 plan for growth,
which includes the creation of more than 1,000 new positions by 2013, bringing
the total number of creators in the Montréal and Québec City studios to 3,000.
TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA is in line with the company's intention to continue its
expansion in the video game industry and through its new digital cinema
creation studio, Ubisoft Digital Arts.

    Events, school visits, and new tools

    The TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA recruitment tour will take place over a
four-month period, from September 20 to January 15, 2008. The Ubisoft team
will actively participate in several major events, including the //ADAPT
Conference (www.adaptmontreal.com), the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
(www.nouveaucinema.ca), the ARCADIA Festival (www.festivalarcadia.com), the
Montreal International Game Summit (http://www.sijm.ca/en), the Toronto
Independent Game Developers Conference (www.torontoigc.com) and the Game
Design Expo of the Vancouver Film School (www.gamedesignexpo.com/partners/).
    Because the future of the industry is currently in the classrooms,
Ubisoft will also visit 35 schools across the country. (A complete list of
schools is available on the web site at www.toomuchimagination.ca.)
    "Besides being a recrutement tool, TOOMUCHIMAGINATION.CA is also an
educational and information tool for young people who are interested in
working in the video game industry," added Mallat. "The crafts in our industry
are becoming increasingly complex and specialized. Meeting with students in
their own environment will enable us to provide answers to their questions and
discuss with them the many possibilities that are available to them."

    About Ubisoft
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    Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong
and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 23
countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is
committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to
consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal
year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

    Ubisoft in Québec
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    Ubisoft, which employs over 1,800 creators in its Montréal and Québec
studios has developed and launched such successful series as Prince of
Persia(R), Tom Clancy's(R) Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy's(R) Splinter Cell, and Far
Cry(R). The Montréal studio - the most important creative force in the Ubisoft
Group and the second largest in world - is currently working to produce such
promising titles as Assassin's Creed(TM), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell(R)
Conviction, and Far Cry(R) 2.




For further information:

For further information: Audrey-Ann Milot, Communications Coordinator,
Ubisoft Montréal, (514) 490-2000, ext. 3329, audrey-ann.milot@ubisoft.com;
Source: Cédric Orvoine, Director, External Communications and Public
Relations, Ubisoft Montréal, cedric.orvoine@ubisoft.com


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