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Ubisoft opens South American studio

With opening of new Sao Paulo studio, company now has development studios on five continents

Ubisoft has announced the expansion of its development teams with the opening of its first production studio in South America.

The studio will open its doors in late July with a team of 20 developers and a goal of growing to 200 team members in four years. With the opening of Ubisoft Sao Paulo, the company now has development studios on five continents.

"The cultural richness of Sao Paulo, coupled with its leading university network will bring a unique set of fresh talent to Ubisoft's international development community," said Christine Burgess-Quémard, executive director of worldwide studios at Ubisoft.

"We look forward to tapping into the exceptional talent in South America in order to continue our global expansion."

The Sao Paulo studio will be headed by Bertrand Chaverot, who has four years' experience in the country operating Ubisoft's Brazilian sales subsidiary from 1999 through 2003. Most recently he served at the company's headquarters in Paris as managing director of the company's external development department for Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The company said that - following an initial training period - Ubisoft Sao Paulo will work closely with its other studios on the development of family-oriented titles for portable and home consoles.

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